Celebrate Your Home's 100 Years In Lakewood

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Lakewood is a community made up of beautiful, older homes built during Lakewood’s “boom time” around the turn of the last century.  There are now over 12,000 residential buildings in Lakewood, of which 20% are one hundred years old.  By 2020, almost 60% of single family and 52% of two-family homes will be at least one hundred years old.  These wonderful buildings can tell many stories about the families who have lived inside them and the history of our community .    Many of our residents are intrigued by the history of their home, but unsure how to find out more.  Researching the story of your Lakewood home requires a fair amount of legwork, but the information you gather will help you enjoy your beautiful home even more. 

            The two most frequent questions regarding Lakewood house histories are “Who owned my house before me?” and “When was my house built?”  With a little digging, you can discover the answers to these questions.  Many thanks to Mary Gagen, Marcia Moll and Richard Sicha for compiling the information included in this article.

House History Research

Designation Documents: 1095 Homewood, 13428 Lake Avenue
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The Curtis Block

14501 Detroit Avenue

(Corner of Marlowe)

Historic Property Designation Press Releases

17855 Lake Road

In December of 2013 the City of Lakewood designated the house at 17855 Lake Rd. owned by the Power's family a Lakewood Landmark Property. Click Here to read the press release.

Powers House

Old-House Maintenance/Preservation

For more information, please read the City of Lakewood Ordinance Chapter 1134

Nominate a property for local Lakewood Historic Property Designation by Clicking Here for Short Form, Click Here for Long Form.

Historic Preservation Ordinance FAQ

The ordinance is Chapter 1134 of the Planning and Zoning Code.

Lakewood has seven properties currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an honorary designation (as contrasted with a Lakewood designation, which protects the designated property). Under the Lakewood designation, the Oldest Stone House has been designated an historic property as well as several others.

Historic Property and District Designation


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Lakewood Historical Society
14710 Lake Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
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Sundays 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
February through November.
Closed major holidays.

Established 2007

Working to safeguard the irreplaceable assets of our community

Lakewood's distinctive character has been created by its architecturally significant homes, historic commercial districts, and idyllic parks. By continuing to link our community's past, present, and future through the preservation of our built environment, we retain this sense of place as "Lakewood." Preservation, combined with appropriate economic development, is key to maintaining the beauty of our neighborhoods, retaining our high quality of life, and keeping our community vibrant.

Be part of the movement!

Yesterday’s Lakewood, part of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland
Memory Project, needs your help identifying the following houses. If you have any information, please
contact the Lakewood Historical Society at 216.221.7343 x1 or museum@lakewoodhistory.org. Thank you.
Do You Recognize These Homes?