2301 Stillman Road (1991)


A series of additions starting in 1918 completely transformed this 1912 Western Reserve colonial into a charming and spacious house. The first addition, designed by Charles R. Greco of Boston and Cleveland, created a perfectly square living room with an added bow window looking out onto the patio, a new fireplace, and adjustable shelves. On the second floor, dressing areas, one complete with a safe embedded in the chimney, were added onto the end of an already ample master bedroom. Extra rooms were also added to the third floor, as evidenced by the exterior window on an inside wall.


Other renovations included a breakfast bay in the dining room and an octagonal domed solarium reminiscent of Greco's Temple in University Circle. A new wing on the second floor enveloped the garage and added two bedrooms, one with a spectacular view of the back yard. Because its outer walls face east and south, the solarium is cool in summer and warm in winter. It features a working fountain and a domed inset in the ceiling with two sets of lights, one "everyday" and one for parties. A false door leading nowhere maintains the symmetry of the room.


.In addition to these extensive additions, the house retains many of its original features. The pantry remains essentially the same as when the house was built and features maple countertops, a "German silver" sink with faucets calibrated to mix, and a plate warmer which is still used by the present owners.