Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Shaker Heights Icon: Bowood

courtesy Cleveland Public Library Archives 

Bowood is one of three estates in Shaker Heights by Master Builder Clarence Mack.  Mack was not a registered architect, but a builder who designed magnificent residences in the Cleveland area in the 1920s and 1930s, and later in Florida.

Located on exclusive South Park Boulevard - the poshest street in the poshest community in Northeast Ohio - and inspired by classical architecture, Bowood is Mack at his best, and at the same time, his most ironic.  The house exhibits perfect period form and appears to be a country-seat in Great Britain, not a city residence in a Cleveland suburb.

The brilliant irony of Mack's design is the appliqué of the colonnade to the actual facade of the main section of the house.  Doing so allows the north facade of the residence to accept as much daylight as possible while maintaining a classical appearance. 


  1. i like to think that you live in a joint like this.

  2. And this is exactly why I love you orma. You unselfishly want the best for me, as I do for me as well!

  3. But do you love her enough to install her in the West Wing?

  4. In the late 70's and 80's, this home was owned by the Rothenfeld family. I was fortunate enough to attend many parties during my years in the Shaker school system. Truly an amazing building with staggering detail.

  5. This house just sold. Again.