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9511 Lake Shore Boulevard "Katewood"

Plat No. 631-01-002
9511 Lake Shore Boulevard "Katewood"
9511 Lake Shore Boulevard "Katewood"

James and Clara Salisbury acquired the twelve-acre property from Mary Bratenahl on October 27, 1870.

Albert and Katherine Holden acquired the property on June 7, 1899. The property was located east of the home of Albert’s father extending to Louis Avenue with Lake Erie to the north and Salisbury Avenue to the south.  Construction of an 8,600 square-foot Shingle-style summer cottage designed by Alfred Hoyt Granger began shortly thereafter.

Alfred Hoyt Granger, a native of Ohio, studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. A partnership of Granger with Frank B. Meade lasted from 1894 to 1897, after which Granger joined his brother-in-law, Charles Sumner Frost, in the firm of Frost and Granger in Chicago.

Granger also designed two other Bratenahl homes: the Frederick Goff home at 9929 Lake Shore Boulevard and the Frederick Root home at 11495 Lake Shore Boulevard (12304 Coit Road).

Albert named his new home Katewood in honor of his wife. Other buildings on the property included an ice house, horse stable, and a cow barn.

Albert, Katherine, and their young daughters happily moved in, far from the soot and commercialism that had begun to drift over the great homes of Euclid Avenue. It was definitely a Victorian country house, all shingles stained dark green. The elegant interior contrasted with the “cottage” understatement. Three fireplaces were located in the hall, living room, and dining room downstairs. Three more fireplaces were in the six bedrooms on the second floor, and two more on the third floor, all in addition to two coal-fired furnaces.

A house staff of seven used all the latest developments for housekeeping – a slide-in gas clothes dryer, and a walk-in cold room with ice delivery every other day.

Some features in the home were especially intriguing. The fireplace in the living room had a mantle over it that was actually the back of a sideboard. This was part of the furnishing of the conqueror Cortez. It had come into the possession of the dictator of Mexico, Porfirio Diaz, at the turn of the century. The piece was given to Albert Holden in appreciation for the work he had done to develop Mexican gold and silver mines.

Sometime in the forties when the library was remodeled, murals were painted over the French doors with scenes of the property. The house was also reputed to have a ghost. Several people took it as a matter of fact.

A mysterious feature of the house was a secret closet. Many homes built in the period had them because there were no banks or safe deposit boxes one could run to.

The Katewood garage and greenhouse were located at 9307 Lake Shore Boulevard.

Henry and Emery May Norweb took possession Katewood from the Cleveland Trust Bank on November 22, 1920.

Michael D. Makinen acquired Katewood from Ameritrust on December 18, 1989. Having sat empty for eight years, Katewood was on view as the 1992 Designer Hope House.