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Iconic Victorian in Cleveland’s Tremont Historic District

1103 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113


Not in over a decade has there been the chance to own one of Cleveland’s most iconic 19th-century mansions in the celebrated Tremont Historic District—the large red Victorian home facing Lincoln Park on the corner of Starkweather and West 11th Streets. Built between 1869-70 by John C. Hemmeter, a native of Württemberg, Germany, who rose to prominence in Cleveland political and commercial circles at the end of the 19th century, this Italianate villa on the park has been lived in by successive generations of one family after 1900 and more recently by Cleveland Museum of Art curator of decorative arts. With its commanding views of the park and spacious decorative formal rooms, this fully restored landmark has hosted many social functions from weddings and fundraisers to parties, large and small, while also providing a warm oasis from the hustle and bustle of city life. The lovely eastern and northern exposures, enhanced by the original ripple-pane windows, allow for dappled sunlit mornings with coffee in the cozy library or lounging on the shaded porch. The house transports you back in time with its many original decorative elements both outside and in, such as 12 foot ceilings, huge plaster moldings, arched pocket doors in original finish, double hung wooden windows, wooden floors throughout, carved wooden doors, and a curving staircase with original banister. Modern improvements include updated electrical throughout (c. 2000), HVAC upstairs (c. 2005) and downstairs (2010), a new roof (2018), new large capacity hot water heater (2018), Waterworks bathroom fixtures (2012), all replaced toilets (2012), a newly designed master bedroom suite with marble shower and new claw-foot tub (2012), and a laundry room upstairs for added convenience, featuring full-size Miele washer and dryer (2012). Interior paints by Farrow & Ball, exterior by Benjamin Moore (2012). Arts and Crafts era Cowan Pottery tiles (c. 1915) surround the library fireplace. Wallpapers by Farrow & Ball, Bradbury & Bradbury, and Pierre Frey adorn a bedroom and two bathrooms (2012), and a complete set of custom hardwood interior window shutters are installed both downstairs and in the master suite (2012). Relax on the beautiful, completely rebuilt and enlarged side porch (2012) with views of quiet streets and the majestic sycamores of Lincoln Park. Relive the old-world elegance of Tremont, Cleveland’s most sought-after neighborhood, filled with artists and musicians, coffee shops and fine dining. Two doors down is the Prosperity Social Club and Tremont’s award-winning restaurants are only a short walk away. Downtown, Midtown, and University Circle are just a few minutes by car. A once-in-a-generation opportunity awaits the lucky buyer of one of Cleveland’s finest historic houses.


  • Property ID
  • 3
  • 4
  • Square Footage
    2578 sqft
  • Lot Size
    0.13 acres
  • Eastlake
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    Year Built

Updated on November 13, 2020 at 12:11 pm


  • Address: 1103 Starkweather Ave.
  • City: Cleveland
  • State/county: Ohio
  • Zip/Postal Code: 44113
  • Country: United States

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