Rare 1866 Steinway piano finds new home at Lee University

Made of rosewood, the instrument commands center stage in the Dixon Center atrium

It didn't take long for Lee University Chancellor and retired President Paul Conn to think of where he might place a rare 1866 Steinway piano on the Cleveland, Tennessee, campus when he was being offered it as a donation for the school. He knew the lobby of the Dixon Center would be the perfect place.

"This is such a unique space, and we've had pieces here before, but they were never quite right," he said while admiring the rare instrument late last week.

"We wanted something special in here, but we didn't know what. Now we do."

Locating a home for the piano turned out to be the easy part. Transporting it from a resort in the Tellico Plains area of East Tennessee would prove to be the difficult part.

The 1866 Model D full concert grand No.