This lovely Prairie style home
was designed by Cleveland architects Bohnard and Parsson and completed in 1914.
It was built by George Canfield, president of Canfield Oil, which later merged
with Standard Oil. Its present owners acquired the home in 1967. The house
contains many stylistic elements characteristic of the Prairie style of
architecture, a uniquely American architectural form whose proponents included
Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan.
The wide projecting eaves and
horizontal bands of contrasting wood trim visually extend the width of the
house's stucco faŠade. This horizontal orientation is bisected by a pedimented
projecting second story bay. The faŠade is further enhanced by ribboned windows
and an elongated second floor window box.
The home's interior is arranged
around its elegant two-story living room. Here the ribboned windows and
woodwork create a play of light and dark against the interior walls that
extends to its timbered ceiling. A substantial fireplace grounds this visually
active space. Two rooms (a small library and a family room) were added
subsequent to the original construction.
The play of light and dark
continues in the wooden balustraded staircase to the second story landing,
which overlooks the living room. By contrast, the second floor contains a
series of intimately scaled bedrooms.The ceiling of the master bedroom is circumscribed by slanted coving,
which enhances the angularity of the room's walls.
Aside from the additions to the
living room, the home retains its original character.The kitchen is augmented by a cook's pantry and a butler's pantry
and contains the maid and butler bell system original to the house.