More Homes of Lakewood, Ohio
Lakewood is home to a variety of multi-family apartment and townhome residences, many of them older all-brick or brick-and-stone structures. This structure bears hints of traditional English styling amid its conventional gable and porch forms.
This residence on a corner lot is certainly trying to have it all: brick and stone, Tudor stucco and half-timbering, castle crenellation and wood dentils, gables and parapets and steeply pitched roofs, both stone- and wood-framed windows, monumental entrance, fenestration of varying sizes and shapes and clusters, and an asymmetrical design incorporating multiple symmetrical features.
This house gains its individuality via a very richly expressed façade within a fairly compact space. The varied slopes of roof gables and hips animate the home's bounding form, while the details of porch rail and columns, gable peaks, chimney, clerestory gable-end windows and landscaping add visual interest. A sensitive color scheme completes the presentation. "Here I am!" this house shouts.
Most — but certainly not all — of Lakewood's homes bear the stylistic stamp of English and New England precedents. This home, however, harkens to the sunny Mediterranean. Its smoothly stuccoed walls, pastel color scheme and red clay mission tile roofs are reminiscent of sunny Spanish or Italian coasts (yet small punctuations of the tiled roofs lend an almost Japanese-pagoda flavor).
Much of northeastern Ohio was first settled as 'The Western Reserve' of the Colonial State of Connecticut; The Western Reserve is still used today as a common alternate name for the region. This home embodies some of the typical and classic features of 'Western Reserve' domestic architecture: wood-framed structure of simple compact cubic or box-like form, simple dark-shingled gabled or hipped roof, pale lap-board siding, wood-framed windows (most often uniformly sized, regularly spaced and multi-paned), exposed brick chimney, and framed porches (with occasional Colonial, Victorian or Queen Anne detailing).
No sooner does one pass several 'Western Reserve' homes in a row, than — all of a sudden, Tudor! This home bears a dark brick base banding its first floor, stucco and half-timber framing its second floor and above. Massing becomes much more vertical, and the overall form and volume of the house becomes more highly articulated and sharply faceted. It is also typically asymmetrical or 'picturesque' in visual character. The chimney moves to the interior and projects upward to create a dramatic silhouette against the sky. Windows fall into a quite rigid pattern, and the home's color palette goes dark and earthy.
And now the coloration and character of this home return us once again to the Lake Erie shore. Simple shed-roof dormers look toward the Lake, as do the symmetrically arranged windows of all floors. The home's blues and grays reflect the Lake's steely waters as well as the cold gray of a Cleveland winter. (Note the skylights as recent additions to grab whatever daylight may occur.) The relatively recent enclosure of this home's porch into extended right and left ground floor living areas has been achieved in perfect harmony with the remainder of the home's exterior.
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You'd have to travel far and wide to see the range of home styles expressed along just a few streets of this charming tree-lined neighborhood.
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