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Clare Yellin
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After 63 years, who wouldn’t need a bath? The wrought-iron gates in the Commons Room certainly did. They received no ordinary scrubbing, though. Clare Yellin traveled across the state, washcloths in hand. She wanted to make sure the cleaning was done right. After all, the gates were created by her grandfather, Samuel Yellin, the 20th century’s foremost artisan in iron. He died in 1940, just a few months after finishing the gates. Thanks to his granddaughter, who runs the business he founded, his wrought-iron legacy will remain unblemished in the Commons Room as well as throughout the Cathedral and in Heinz Chapel, Stephen Foster Memorial, and around campus.



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