Thursday, December 17, 2009
I found this little Second Empire style house at 706 Lakeview Road, in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland. Lakeview is one of the old roads in the area - I thought my drive might reveal some interesting historic gems.
The Second Empire style was never very popular in Cleveland. When used, it is found mostly in three and four story houses. I wrote about another one, on Lexington Avenue, which I noted was small for the style, at about 2000 square feet. This one, with the addition, isn't even quite 1500 square feet.
The house does not appear on the 1858 Hopkins map of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, though the land where it sits had been subdivided at that point into a relatively small parcel. It is visible on Lake's 1874 Atlas of Cuyahoga County. I can't be sure of a date beyond this range. It's unlikely that it would have been built between 1861-1865 - little construction occurred during the Civil War.
This historic home has the curious notoriety of having been the first house I've seen with aluminum siding installed on top of slate. I've seen it on wood, brick, and concrete, but slate, slate is new. Surprisingly, the slate doesn't seem to show much damage.
The house is owned by one Aesha L Johnson. The address listed for her by the County Auditor, 972 Nela View, is no longer correct - she appears to have lost that house to foreclosure. She has not paid taxes on this house since 1999. Back taxes, combined with board-up and grass cutting fees, total more than $20,000.
It's unlikely that anyone is willing to pay what is owed to the county at this point. The property will likely be taken for back taxes at some point in the future, though exactly when is unclear. At that point, we must be sure that this house isn't bulldozed.
It's a small house, so it wouldn't be as crazy as some projects. It's a good example of a style of house not common in the Cleveland area. It needs to be saved.
Update: As of July 21, 2010, the house had been demolished.