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10201 Lake Shore Boulevard

Plat No. 631-03-010
Part of subplots 13 and 14 in the L. Haldeman Allotment
10201 Lake Shore Boulevard
10201 Lake Shore Boulevard

Edwin and Francis Moreland acquired the property from Mary Foote on November 10, 1945.

Beldon Realty Company acquired all of subplot 13 and part of subplot 14 on September 3, 1954. William H. Dornback, Jr., David Dornback’s brother, was president.

David and Ann Dornback purchased the garage of the house at 10207 Lake Shore Boulevard on April 19, 1955, and began a complete renovation of the structure to adapt it for a home. The original building had room for two cars, a 250-gallon gas tank, a storage room overhead, and an adjoining tool room. Philadelphia planking trimmed the north wall, an unusual material choice for a garage. It served as inspiration for the interior wall covering.

The south wall had a fireplace of bastard granite brought in from Port Jervis, New York. Bastard granite is not a real granite but a rock formation resembling that of true granite. It is used mostly in wall construction. Bookshelves were installed on each side of the fireplace. Flooring throughout was random planks of red oak.

Remodeling included a second-floor bedroom, sitting room, and bath. The former tool shed became the kitchen.

The next phase involved adding a full dining room with a larger bedroom over it. In 1963, an attached garage with a loft was finished. A step-down den on the east side of the house, with another room above, connected the master bedroom. Finally, the loft above the garage was converted to another bedroom and bathroom suite with a separate entrance. The English cottage was completed in 1978.

The home was entered through a small stone courtyard. The tiled entry lead directly to the kitchen overlooking the lake and park-like grounds. A handsome wrought iron light fixture was obtained from the men’s room of the old Dornback Furnace factory located at 45th Street and Superior Avenue.