2959 Fairmount Boulevard (1994, 2002)



Frederick Steinberger designed this magnificent French eclectic 27-room home, another gem in the Fairmount Boulevard Historic District of the National Register of Historic Places. Stucco on masonry and a Spanish flat tile roof were not typically found among homes built in 1924. The original owner of the home, Norris Clarke, President of the Lake Erie Bolt and Nut Company, and his wife Katherine, must have had clear expectations of the builder, Benjamin Chinig, as the electric ice box and in-wall vacuum system assured the most up-to-date conveniences.

Lacey Rose Ironwork graces the staircase and leads to a lovely view of the simple flower and vegetable garden. The shade of an old oak tree invites respite during the hot summer days and lush autumn breezes. The vast expanse at the top of the stairway leads to the bedrooms and on to the ballroom. Five family bedrooms are graciously and simply decorated so as not to compete with carefully carved and well loved antiques. Black tie parties, with orchestral music on the third floor ballroom stage, must have been magnificent social events in this residence originally listed as a Shaker Heights property.

Elaborate plaster moldings decorate the frames of the center hall, dining room, and living room. Exquisite handcrafted brass chandeliers add elegance to the well-appointed hallway, with multiple intricate decorations on the walls.

Palladium windows with French doors combine seasonal breezes with the splendor of a museum feeling on the first floor. It is a rare breed of mansion owners who is able to combine a relaxed ambience amidst beloved treasures from times past.

Fine quality walnut paneling in the library gives one a balance between the serenity of the indoors and a view of the terrace and yard. A casual, relaxing atmosphere enhances the room, which can be discretely closed off from the grand living room.

The kitchen and baths are being lovingly restored to blend with the period of the home. Cooking in the large, convienently designed kitchen makes entertaining enjoyable and casual. The old and the new features of this exquisite home have been carefully integrated to enhance the living quarters. The owner has lovingly maintained the original white tile, accented with finely designed and richly colored tile that gives each bathroom its own identity.



Electric icebox

Handcrafted light fixtures