Harrison House, Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, Ohio


After this post I might have to change my blog name to "1920's Tudor House Built by a Stove Manufacturer." This is my second post about one, although Mr. If It Were Mine is sure there are more in the archives. 

True to form, this particular house has the pretty details of its era. When you enter, the view is of the leaded glass windows in the second dining room.

To its right is the formal living room.

It's such a large room (27 by 24.5 feet) that it could be decorated with multiple seating groups, like this:

Here's the other angle:

Moving back to that second dining room...

the Old House Dreams commenters speculate that it was probably used a sunroom originally.

It serves as a beautiful breakfast room now, though. I like the idea, because that frees up the room below that's supposed to be the breakfast room...

to serve as a pretty home office or den.

Here is the first dining room, just as grand as you would expect, with lots of detailed plaster and molding.

Meanwhile, the kitchen has the simplicity that is also true to its era:

If it were mine, I would dress it up a little bit, like this:

The guest bathroom rounds out the first floor. Or angles out the first floor. This house has lots of quirky angles.

Going upstairs, you can't help but notice the beautiful leaded glass windows on the landing.

They frame a window seat, where you can peek to see who is coming to the front door below.

To the left is the first bedroom, with its equally charming window seat:

Harrison House has six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms in 8,326 square feet.

The house was designed by Meade and Hamilton, prominent architects of the time. They not only added more grand Tudor houses to Fairmount Boulevard, they also designed St. Martin's Chapel, just a stone's throw from Harrison House.

Harrison House was built for stove manufacturer George Leroy Harrison (1875-1953), his wife Frances "Fanny" Judkins, and their daughter Anna Katherine. As you might expect, googling "George Leroy Harrison" just gives you tons of information about the Beatles' George Harrison, even though his middle name was Harold, not Leroy. (I did find a correct old census record.)

Similarly, "Harrison Stoves" leads to fancy new bespoke ovens made in England. I did find some old advertisements, though, that seemed accurate:

They're based out of Cincinnati instead of Cleveland, but how many Harrison Valveless Stoves could there be? I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually. Mr. If It Were Mine tells me I have 23 posts where I've talked about old stoves, so I must have a thing for them. Maybe I should just create a sister website: If It Were My Stove.

The Old House Dreams listing is here.

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