281 Corning Drive
Plat No. 631-05-026
Standard Land Company Sublot 24
The home is listed in the Ohio Historic Inventory
Henry and Edith Corning were deeded almost 35 acres on November 7, 1917, from the Standard Land Company. The Corning family retained lot 24 on the northeast corner of the development, about 8.5 acres along Dugway Brook and Lake Erie, as the site for a new 13,000 square foot Jacobean Revival home designed by Meade & Hamilton.
The estate was copied from Hampton Court Gardens near London. English precedent prevailed in the design of the house as a whole and in the handling of some of the detail. The grouping of windows in the gable end has the result common in modern English work of contrasting large openings with larger wall surfaces; differing in this respect from the more usual American way of treating each window as a separate unit. To avoid monotony in form, the architect had broken the exterior with several masses instead of treating it as a single mass. Chimney and gable verticals contrast with the horizontal long roof. To the west of the housed was a sunken walled garden.
One of the first homes to have an elevator, the house had the usual large rooms with paneling and leaded glass windows. The formal dining room with its Adam fireplace and detailed plaster relief overlooked the terrace. Floors are of inlaid herringbone oak. The library is perfectly proportioned with paneling on the walls and the bookcases that have leaded glass doors. The living room was large enough to hold two concert grand pianos and 120 people.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History acquired the property on November 26, 1940.
William and Amelia Dornback Sr. acquired the home on October 2, 1953, moving from their home at 10221 Lake Shore Boulevard.
Belden Realty acquired the home on June 20, 1957.
William and Loretta Dornback Jr. acquired the home on February 11, 1960.
Dale and Cynthia Gnandt acquired the home on September 1, 1972. They spent years designing and building a break wall with over 10,000 truckloads of stone into place.
Thomas and Lydia Christopherson purchased the home on June 18, 2007.