2989 North Woodland (2002)


This handsome red brick home, designed by Harlan Shimmin, was built in 1915. The intricate ironwork that frames the overhang on the front of the home is typical of fine Northeast Ohio craftsmanship. The English Tudor accents combined with the brickwork and dormers make for a wonderfully inviting, elegant home. The fine architecture is surrounded by a scenic wooded area with a magnificent view of Shaker Lakes. Interestingly, when Mould had the home built, Shaker Heights was the original address for this stately residence. Subsequently, Case Western Reserve University Professor Furrer and later, the Pokornys raised their families in this spacious four bedroom home.

The beveled glass in the center hallway welcomes the visitor into a home whose designer selected walnut mantels for the first and second floor. Painted woodwork provides an airy feeling with wainscoting in the dining room. Thoughtful artistry, possibly a contribution of a master craftsman when the home was built, is a special feature in the second floor closet. The story is told that at one point in the home's history, children heard crying coming from this closet. When the room was redecorated, wallpaper was stripped from the closet walls to reveal a portrait of a young woman. Once the drawing was unveiled, the children never heard the crying again. The "Lady of the House" remains, untouched, and visitors can view a photograph of this striking beauty.

The oversized landing at the top of the stairs offers a superb view of a well manicured landscape and overlooks a new flagstone patio. Original sconces and chandeliers accent the simplicity of the bright colored living room, dining room and sunroom. The summer sleeping room off the master bedroom has a fireplace that features an embossed cast iron fleur-de-lis interior.

The kitchen is bright, with a butler's pantry that immediately engages the eye with clean lines and lovely cupboards that draw one into elegant tableware, displayed as works of art.

The spacious basement was carefully designed. The same charm in the kitchen is repeated in the area where food was stored during the winter months. The cold bins in the basement have special features; slanted shelves, handmade trays, aerated cupboards and shelves for canning, reminding us of culinary contributions of years gone by.

The new owners re-landscaped the front yard, which had been covered with pachysandra and ivy. The rock borders around the flowerbeds surrounding the trees were created from big boulders that the landscapers discovered hidden beneath the dense groundcover.



Photograph of "Lady of the House."

Miniature arched windows in bedroom closets.

Arched ceiling in first floor sunroom.

Original chandeliers and sconces on first floor.

Leaded glass windows in bay area of dining room.

Archways on second floor landing.