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.