Attractive as it must have
been following its construction in 1920, this 5500-square-foot Tudor home
has undergone numerous enhancements. The massive living room was originally
three rooms: a living room, a solarium and a porch. Early on, these were consolidated
into a single, seamless spacethe perfect setting for large gatherings
and small concerts. This was quite opportune, since both of the current owners
are professional musicians.
More additions were made in the 1950s. The back of the
dining room was extended to create a beautiful stone-floor garden room; and the
kitchen was enlarged by consuming a service porch. The current owners, who have
lived in the house since 1986, enhanced the kitchen further, putting in a bay
window and skylights, as well as heated pipes under the tile.
A final enhancementalso
done by the current ownerswas to turn the chauffeur's quarters adjoining
the garage into a lovely patio room, complete with hardwood floor, sitting
area and small bath. The room looks out onto a manicured yard with gardens
installed by the current owners, but overseen by a small Venus de Milo statue.
A charming little garden house (built for roughly $600 in 1920) stands at
the back of the yard.
The house also has had its
brushes with fame. The original owner, for example, was Maurice Maschke, leader
of the Cuyahoga County Republican party.At one time,many of the era's
big bands played at this house. Perhaps it was during one of those soirees
that actress/torch singer Helen Morgan fell from a second-floor balcony. .
. or so the story goes.
Like its history, the
house is exceptionally colorful, with beautiful brown-edged crown molding,
numerous original oils and a Navajo rug collection. Leaded-glass windows,
wrought iron grillwork and the home's original chandelier in the foyer also
create a vivid first impression.