This home was constructed in
1980 on part of an original estate with a legacy of structures, terraces,
gardens and fabrique. Designed by
Cleveland architect Fred Holman, the house embodies contemporary planning
concepts in formal cloak which sensitively defers to its context. The white
clapboard siding, muntined windows, roof pitches and general massing create a
traditional image which does not belie the well-conceived spatial experience
The family/breakfast room,
kitchen, and solarium are combined in an open-plan arrangement with a strong
visual and physical relationship to the site and its features. The functional
kitchen is beautifully crafted and enjoys direct natural light from the
solarium. A large island with a cabinet above deftly screens and defines the
family room. The screened porch is convenient to this area and the terrace.
The formal areas - reception,
living, dining, and library -are developed as discrete rooms, well-proportioned
and oriented to the more private areas of the site. The living room features a
high studio ceiling and spatially unifies the house as it communicates with the
second floor circulation gallery. The upper floor includes two finished
children's bedrooms with ample unfinished space for future expansion. Local
white ash floors, cherry millwork, and sand-mold brick of the fireplace add
warmth and detail to the interiors. One-floor living, energy efficiency, and
low maintenance free the owners to pursue their interests.
The house occupies the site of
the original Bourne residence which was constructed in 1905 and later destroyed
by fire. The surviving foundation was converted to a swimming pool surrounded
by a terrace related to formal gardens to the north. Many of the site's
landscape specimens and artifacts have been incorporated in the present house.
Wrought-iron gates located originally at the threshold of an arbor leading to
the coach house were restored and relocated near the entry. The stone pillar
and copper lamp near the drive had flanked the terrace stairs. A second
salvaged lamp is displayed in a niche above the fireplace in the living room.
The new terrace and balusters are reconstructed from the original. A bench with
lattice canopy, slatted circle-back chair, and wrought-iron furniture have also
been recycled. A Japanese maple was among much landscape relocated to provide
set-pieces and enhance relationships between house, site, and neighborhood.
Other trees, including the exceptional copper beech, sugar gum and spruce, were
carefully protected during construction. Throughout the site the memory of the
old has been preserved to enrich the new.