Celebrate Your Home's 100 Years In Lakewood

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Lakewood is a community made up of beautiful, older homes built during Lakewood’s “boom time” around the turn of the last century.  There are now over 12,000 residential buildings in Lakewood, of which 20% are one hundred years old.  By 2020, almost 60% of single family and 52% of two-family homes will be at least one hundred years old.  These wonderful buildings can tell many stories about the families who have lived inside them and the history of our community .    Many of our residents are intrigued by the history of their home, but unsure how to find out more.  Researching the story of your Lakewood home requires a fair amount of legwork, but the information you gather will help you enjoy your beautiful home even more. 

            The two most frequent questions regarding Lakewood house histories are “Who owned my house before me?” and “When was my house built?”  With a little digging, you can discover the answers to these questions.  Many thanks to Mary Gagen, Marcia Moll and Richard Sicha for compiling the information included in this article.

House History Research

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The Curtis Block

14501 Detroit Avenue

(Corner of Marlowe)

Recent Historic Property Designation

17855 Lake Road

In December of 2013 the City of Lakewood designated the house at 17855 Lake Rd. owned by the Power's family a Lakewood Landmark Property.

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Powers House

  1. OH Cuyahoga Birdtown Historic District, Roughly bounded by Magee Rd., Plover Rd., Halstead Rd., and Madison Ave. Lakewood 2007-06-27
  2. OH Cuyahoga Clifton Park Lakefront District, Roughly bounded by Clifton Blvd., Rocky River, Lake Erie, and Webb Rd. Lakewood 1974-11-20
  3. OH Cuyahoga Day, Erastus, House 16807 Hilliard Rd., Lakewood 1979-05-08
  4. OH Cuyahoga Detroit -- Warren Building 14801-- 14813 Detroit Ave. Lakewood 1986-05-15
  5. OH Cuyahoga Hackenberg, Harvey, House 1568 Grace Ave. Lakewood 1983-07-07
  6. OH Cuyahoga Honam, John, House 14710 Lake Ave. Lakewood 1977-04-13
  7. OH Cuyahoga Nicholson, James, House 13335 Detroit Ave. Lakewood 1979-08-24

National Register of Historic Places

Old-House Maintenance/Preservation

For more information, please read the City of Lakewood Ordinance Chapter 1134

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The ordinance is Chapter 1134 of the Planning and Zoning Code.

Lakewood has 7 places currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an honorary designation (as contrasted with a Lakewood designation, which protects the designated property). Under the Lakewood designation, the Oldest Stone House has been designated an historic property.

Historic Property and District Designation


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