Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mystery Photo for August 26, 2010

Humphrey-Meister Concrete House

Do you know what this house is or where it is located? It was built in the 1920s, in Cleveland, and is notable for the building material used.

Be the first to identify it in the comments here and win your choice of the following books:
  • Covering History: Revisiting Federal Art in Cleveland, 1933-43, a beautiful, 72 page joint publication of the Cleveland Artists Foundation and the Cleveland Public Library. It picks up where Karal Ann Marling's work (Federal Art in Cleveland) left off, and is highly recommended.
  • Any of the other publications of the Cleveland Artists Foundation that are still in print. The CAF is the organization publishing works on the history of art in greater Cleveland.
  • Shaker Heights Fences by Patricia J. Forgac (1984, 16 pages)
  • Shaker Heights: the Van Sweringen Influence by Claudia R. Boatwright (1983, 56 pages)

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  1. I have no idea where or what that house is, but it has some interesting architectural elements. Looks like it was once a small bank or library and is now a house

  2. I have no idea, but it looks like a 1920s house (or it was remoedlled to look like a 1920s style house) with the side facing the street and the front to the driveway, Something you find in Columbus a great deal.

    I do love the hood over the door, though.

  3. Looks familiar to me...
    is it the North Collinwood or Neff Rd. area?

  4. Built of concrete; in the Cleveland Heights area?

  5. I might have been clearer in my update / hint - the house is in the city of Cleveland.

  6. East 156th north of Lake Shore Blvd.

  7. We have a winner! The Humphrey-Meister Concrete House was built in 1922. The house, a Cleveland Landmark is located at 128 East 156th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

  8. I don't have any more information at the moment - it's something that I've been meaning to look into. As Cleveland Landmarks go, I thought it was distinctly different.

  9. the person who owns the house is/was one of the architects working on the Cleveland Museum of Art - Vinoly team.