2232 Elandon Drive (1997)

 

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.