The McLean house, one of the historic houses in Wichita, sold at auction on Saturday for $275,000.
The buyer wished to remain private.
The house contains 100 tons of white and pink marble and is a showcase structure of nearly 4,000 square feet in the scenic Benjamin Hills neighborhood – a neighborhood developed and protected from interstate highway encroachment by the McLean family.
“I will always consider Wichita my hometown,” Angela McLean said by phone. “I’ll come back – I have wonderful friends, dating back to childhood.
“I am really delighted that the house has been bought by someone who can put it to good use, which I am not able to do now that I live in Texas,” she said. “I’m just delighted.”
She now directs a medical foundation in Dallas.
McLean has memories to cherish, and that’s a treasure, she said. She grew up in that house and rode her bicycle throughout Benjamin Hills, a scenic old-tree neighborhood filled with shade, birdsong and picturesque homes.
“The most prominent memory is that of music filling the house constantly from my mother playing the piano. And that was a wonder.”
Her mother was concert pianist Julianne McLean, who played her Steinway in a room built for sound.
The sale closes out the significant role the McLean family played in the history and development of Wichita. For four generations, the McLeans were overachievers, brimming with ideas and talent.
Benjamin McLean – Angela’s great-grandfather – served as Wichita’s mayor three times during the early 20th century and was president of Fourth National Bank.
He cleared much of Riverside Park of brush and helped to beautify the riverbank area.
Elizabeth McLean – Angela’s grandmother – is the reason I-235 curves where it does in northwest Wichita. Decades ago, when engineers wanted to route the I-235 bypass through the Benjamin Hills development, Elizabeth sat in Gov. Andrew Schoeppel’s office until he agreed to hear her objections.
She named the streets in the development after her favorite animals and flowers: Cardinal. Bluebird. Redbud. Hyacinth. Oriole.
During the 1920s, Elizabeth Anna and Drew McLean (Benjamin’s son) lived in New York City, where she attended the National Academy of Design and he taught English at a boys school.
The Elizabeth A. McLean Residence at 2359 N. McLean is the only pink marble house in Wichita – and one of a handful in the nation – constructed of 100 tons of marble installed by one of the craftsmen who worked on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The white marble came from the same quarry that provided the stone in the Lincoln Memorial.
Contributing: Beccy Tanner of The Eagle