Historical Places

Corning Place

Warren and Mary Helen Corning acquired property on October 9, 1890, at the very end of what is now Corning Drive from trustees Daniel Eells and William Harris, who had purchased the property on July 10, 1885, in a judgment against James and Elizabeth Fitch.

The Cornings assembled “Corning Place” as a summer campground located immediately west of Dugway Brook.  The 36.52 acres that now comprise Corning Drive were initially owned entirely by the Corning family. Their city home was at 3201 Euclid Avenue.

Corning built only one small structure on the property to house a dining room and kitchen. Family members and guests camped out in huge canvas tents that sat two feet off the ground on oak platforms elaborately furnished with oriental rugs, brass beds, and mahogany dressers. A drawing-room, a library, and a dining room tent were also on the grounds.

Goat carts, pony carts, riding horses, and lawn tennis were a few of the means to pass the time. An orchestra entertained guests such as Mark Hanna and William McKinley. Corning had a steam yacht moored behind a long breakwater in front of the property at Dugway Brook. Often guests would sail across Lake Erie to Canada and return late in the afternoon in time for supper.

On November 11, 1901, family members deeded the land to a family-controlled entity known as the Standard Land Company. The company surveyed the property into 24 lots for development and platted the location of Corning Place.