12401 Coit Road "North Acres"
Plat Nos. 631-12-006 and 631-13-003
Subplots 5 and 6 in the Gilbert, Coe and Shipherd Subdivision
Oliver and Ina Clay acquired subplot 5 and part of subplot 6 from John and Minerva Shipherd February 2, 1898, and commissioned Arthur N. Oviatt to build this sprawling eclectic Cape Cod cottage in 1901 on a four-acre site. The stately six-bedroom mansion, displays both Georgian and Cape Cod styling with a colonnaded Greek revival entrance, laying claim to the title of Bratenahl’s most eccentric domestic architecture. Outside, the four-acre estate encompassed terraces with stone walkways, a wrought-iron fence, and gate, a reflecting pool and ponds. The home is listed in the Ohio Historic Inventory.
Indoors, the open floor plan reflected the influence of one of Oviatt’s contemporaries, Frank Lloyd Wright. Rooms were separated by stained and highly polished wood dividers, which did not rise to the ceiling, creating a feeling of airiness and openness throughout the public rooms. A stained-glass skylight provided soft light over the entrance.
The reception room featured a large fireplace. Beyond this area was a formal living room and music room. A dining room was to the rear of the reception hall and the library was to the rear of the living room. Both rooms opened onto a large solarium.
Edward and Juel Grasselli acquired North Acres on April 18, 1916, and added further flourishes that provided an even greater sense of elegance. They re-landscaped the three-acre grounds. Set on a hill, the house in its eastern exposure looked upon sunken gardens and a pool. A splendid coach house with a greenhouse surrounded the gardens. They built a playhouse for their two daughters that was large enough to be rented out by any family that would acquire the property.
The Grassellis brought a brownstone fireplace, oak panels for the billiard room and a gilt mirror from their home on East Sixth and St. Clair.
Stanley and Rita Roediger acquired the home on December 7, 1950. The family wanted a bigger home and a shorter commute to the downtown headquarters of Mr. Roediger’s construction firm.
Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee acquired the home on January 1, 1995.
Dr. James E. Gibbs acquired the home on November 8, 2000.
John and Elizabeth Budnik acquired the home on April 30, 2015.