Homes Past

8907 Lake Shore Boulevard "Loch Hame"

Plat Nos. 631-01-001, 631-01-012, 631-01-013, 631-01-014 and 631-01-015
Sublot 8 in the Bratenahl Allotment
8907 Lake Shore Boulevard "Loch Hame"
8907 Lake Shore Boulevard "Loch Hame"

Liberty and Delia Holden acquired their Bratenahl homestead from William Gordon on June 10, 1881, the same day Gordon purchased it from Abel Fairbanks. There were two entrances to the property: one on Bratenahl Lane (East 88th Street and the other on Salisbury Avenue (Holden Lane).

The Holdens lived at 7809 Euclid Avenue and summered in the Fairbank’s frame home on the property before deciding to raze the frame home and commission architect, Charles Schweinfurth to design a sandstone-clad thirty-four room Tudor manor house to accommodate the seven Holden children.

The home was completed in 1899, including a greenhouse and servants’ quarters. A Georgian coach house was built some years after the main house was completed. “Loch Hame” became their primary home after selling their Euclid Avenue home in 1905. The name, Loch Hame, was inspired by Liberty Holden's love of the poetry of Robert Burns.

The interior of the house had either mahogany or quartered oak woodwork. Mahogany doors throughout were two inches thick.

Windsor and Delia White took Loch Hame as their primary home on November 1, 1916, when they moved from 9432 Lake Shore Boulevard. During their residency, a large Georgian style garage was completed in 1924 to provide additional quarters for cars and staff. A greenhouse was also added. The current address is 9303 and 9305 Holden Lane.

Guerdon Stearns Holden, the youngest and only surviving son of Liberty and Delia Holden became the reluctant owner of Loch Hame on January 27, 1930, after the Whites decided to live all year in their Hunting Valley home. Guerdon had been happily living at 10316 Brighton Road.

Refusing to sell to his relatives, Guerdon placed the property in the hands of a flamboyant realtor who ran ads cajoling the Village to permit the commercial use of the property out of gratitude for all the Holden family had done for the Village. This was embarrassing enough, but next the realtor announced that the property was being offered for sale in small parcels, so small that the purchaser of the manor house would own neither entrance gate. By this time any supposed debt owed to the family was forgotten in the general outrage which ensued.

Joseph and Margherita Baruzzi acquired the manor home on July 14, 1950. Mr. Baruzzi, his wife, his wife’s mother, his son and the son’s wife and two daughters and their husbands plus two small children and two puppies all lived in the one house. It was reported that as many as 64 persons occupied the home.

The fragmented land with its outbuildings went to a variety of buyers, and the house stood neglected. Repeated efforts by the village to enforce the code regarding the home’s occupancy proved futile. The western entrance to the Village, once it's most impressive and beautiful, never recovered.

The United States Government acquired the home on October 17, 1956, and it was demolished for use as the Nike Missile Site.