In late 1915, at a cost of $12,000, Wilson B. and Martha Calhoun Hickox began
construction of this elegant sidegabled Georgian Revival home. Designed by Meade
& Hamilton, the home's central entry is flanked by decorative pilasters
supporting a simple entablature. Note the symmetrical end chimneys.
Step back on the top step to get a good look at the nine-foot 'Paul Bunyan'
red door. To the right is the living room where lovely window seats and built-in
book shelves grace the room. The original fireplace is still in use. The owner's
great-grandmother's piano rests against an interior wall. Many of the small
rugs throughout the home are from the owner's great grandfather who traveled
to Persia and Morocco to buy rugs for Sterling Lindner-Davis. The antique writing
desk is a treasure which was discovered on Larchmere. The living room also features
artwork by Cleveland Heights artist Alberta Burke-Oswald.
To the left is the dining room which is painted in Garden Path, with soft
green valances, from Paysage. The hutch contains various Spode pieces. This
room also has its original fireplace, one of four working fireplaces in the
In the kitchen, the butler's pantry was removed. Added were decorative tile,
the island, Corian countertops, cabinets and glass doors, and a built-in Sub-Zero.
The current owners also added a desk/office area with a wine cabinet. The terrace
windows were redone to add energy efficiency, but kept the original molding.
preserving classic style.
The family room was added by a previous owner. The current owners added a patio
to the veranda. They removed a wood stove from the family room, refinished the
wood floors, and added slate tile in the foyer.
Purchased in 2000, the current owners have a copy of the home's original plans.
The first floor remains very similar to the original intent: large, open and
airy rooms. With the owners' touches, the overall effect is warm and inviting.
One major change to the home was the removal of a wall between two bedrooms
on the second floor to create the current master bedroom. It is stunning with
its built-in cabinetry and original fireplace.
The Garden: You will be reminded of a French parterre garden
by the closely clipped and manicured boxwood borders of this stately home. The
patina of time is working its magic on the stonework and patios, designed to
look as if they have always been there.
To the west of the house is an opening between two Hydrangea standards. Entering
the yard beyond them you will see that stately trees define this mostly shady
property. Several trees were removed over time to thin out the shade. The large
august oak with mossy bark was probably planted in 1917.
A border defines the back of the property with Magnolia, ornamental grasses,
Astilbe and day lilies leading to an arch where a vegetable garden grows. Turn
toward the house: the formal patio invites the viewer to step up to brickwork
set into the stone to look like a rug. A magnificent urn thickly planted with
Achillea, Coleus, blood grass, and Sempervivum stands in a circular herb garden.
Tri-colored sage, pesto basil, lemon thyme and dill create a tapestry of green.
This sunny corner of the house is also bordered with several varieties of luscious
There is a sensitive balance of old and new in this yard. A respect for what
has grown before is obvious. Plants were relocated and trees and shrubs pruned
and preserved to make what is new look well established. Cleverly, this garden
lies about its age.
- Classic toile wall paper -- 26 triple rolls on the first and second floors!
- Numerous interesting rugs throughout the home
- Set of family antique chairs as you enter the dining room
- The simple carving on the stone headers of the French doors on the first