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Jan 21


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This new townhouse in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland was inspired by 19th century townhouses, some of which still exist in the area.  Houses of this style were thought to be more efficient to build and would have replaced timber-framed and wooden houses in cities in Europe and along the east coast. The facades are laid out with ordering geometries and using Palladian proportions. The uniformity and order created by rows of this type of house create some of the world’s most beloved urban residential settings.

The City of Cleveland has wisely required that new houses built here meet modern standards for energy efficiency and the use of sustainable resources. The new house met the city of Cleveland’s stringent requirements and qualified for a 15-year property tax abatement program.  The project represents renewed commitment to Cleveland’s future, its diversity and its livability.

The owners wanted a home where they could cook and entertain and enjoy the convenience of living in the city. The house has become an important gathering place for friends and neighbors as well as a venue for local fundraisers and small cultural events.

The building is organized along a central axis that extends from its front door and passes through the two-story “double-cube” room where the combined living room and kitchen are located. French doors open onto a garden courtyard at the rear. A generous staircase leads past 4 bedrooms to an outdoor terrace on the third floor that overlooks Lake Erie and the busy inland seaport of Cleveland harbor.

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