With its attractive façade and handsome front
garden, this 1923 brick Georgian gives an excellent first impression.
However, the home’s greatest charms reside inside, where the owners’
artistry and individuality are powerfully apparent. Immediately upon
entering, visitors are treated to custom-designed, stenciled walls in
the entry hall and foyer. Immediately to the right is a spacious, comfortable
living room with an immense and eclectic art collection by everyone
from the owners’ children to Peter Max. Across the entry hall,
the dining room is equally diverse, with a custom-made dining room table,
stenciled floors and hand-painted walls.
Paintings, pottery, woodwork and other media abound. But
over ten years, the owners also have made plenty of structural changes.
For example, they combined a small breakfast room and kitchen into a
single, large room. The resulting space is the nerve center of the house,
replete with curly maple cabinetry, faux-painted walls, painted flooring
and a “Philly Fence” ceiling. Of particular interest are
the counters, which were redone with Seneca tile “seconds”—pieces
deemed inferior by their Ohio manufacturer, subsequently dumped in a
field and sold inexpensively to any buyer willing to dig them back out.
Upstairs, they converted a two-room maid’s quarters
at the back of the second floor into a large home office. There also
is a large glamour bathroom built by the previous residents. This room
(originally open space above a now-enclosed sun porch) includes a giant
wall of closets where the former owner allegedly kept hundreds of pairs
of shoes (Imelda Marcos, are you on the Tour this year?).
Perhaps the most interesting thing is the extent to which the owners have worked
with local artists and craftspeople to achieve the home’s unique look.
Cleveland-area talents represented in the home include: Kitchen design: John
Koncar (John has worked on several Heritage Tour homes, including 1737 Andrews
Court and 3027 Corydon Road).
Cabinetry: Bill Clapsaddle/Pete Hamlin
(Jonathan Brooks House Woodwrights).
Dining room table: Todd Armfelt (Woodworks
Dining room table base: Paul Hadley
(Classic Restoration Studio).
Painted walls: Jim Harsch (Finesse Finishes).
Living room couch: John Koncar.
Custom bed and bookshelves: Bill Clapsaddle/Pete
Hamlin (Jonathan Brooks House Woodwrights).
Kitchen chandelier glasswork: Al Brickel
(Newe Daisterre Glas).
Artwork: Mirjana Ugrinov, Carol Anderson,
Sid Ludwig, Vi Peck, Beth Jones, Jonas Deguts, Dulcey, Jenny Mendes,
Peggy Mendes-Stern, Sophie Stern, Max Stern, Jake Stern.
This is clearly one case where more than
a home is on display: Visitors actually are being treated to a miniature
Cleveland Arts Festival made possible by the owner’s unique ability
to bring everything together.
- Miro print in upper bedroom.
- African-themed office downstairs, including painted molding.
- Unique lighting fixtures throughout the house.
- Antique scissor-cut artwork in kitchen done by owner’s grandfather.