Lakewood Historical Society House Tour: Two Gems In 17863 Lake Road, And St. James Church

“My fondest memory of growing up at 17863 Lake Road was the family Christmas Day procession,” John Pyke, Jr. remembers. “On Christmas morning my sister and I were not allowed downstairs until my father gave the signal. The empty milk glass and cookie plate would be on the fireplace mantel; presents would be heaped under the lighted Christmas tree next to the fireplace in the living room, and my grandparents would be standing in the center hall with my mother.”  
“When my dad began playing Christmas music on the record player, my sister and I would be directed to march in time with the music down the few steps from the second floor to the large landing between the second and first floors and then down the stairs from the landing to the center hall, when we were free to rush to the presents.”

Pyke’s former home at 17863 Lake Road is one of six homes, two businesses and St. James Catholic Church on the Lakewood Historical Society’s 11th biennial house tour, “Come Home to Lakewood,” on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 6 p.m.  This year’s tour includes a lakefront home, a Tudor, a Clifton Park Arts and Crafts, the former Pyke home, a Colonial Revival, a Carlyle condo, a two-bedroom gem, and two businesses, all with lush gardens.

The historic Nicholson House on Detroit Avenue also will be open during the tour with the “Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of Cowan Pottery” display. Mark Bissett and Victoria Naumann Peltz will also be on hand for a book signing.

A late addition to the “Come Home to Lakewood” tour is the recently reopened St. James Catholic Church . The church was completed in 1935 after 10 years of hard work at a cost of  $569,000, equal to about $10 million in 2012. The Cleveland Landmark Commission cited St. James as one of the four most architecturally significant church structures in the region, and it was the first structure in the city to be designated historically significant both inside and out.
      Start your historic weekend at the society’s Patron Party on Saturday, Sept. 8 at a home on Nicholson Avenue that is not part of the Sunday tour. Tour the home, and enjoy the music, food, a silent auction, and open bar serving beer and wine. Also, the winning ticket for the year-long “Instant Wine Cellar” will be drawn during the evening.

Advance sale tickets for the house tour are $20. Tickets may be purchased by mail, at the Oldest Stone House or at these retail outlets: Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Ave.; First Federal of Lakewood, 14806 Detroit Ave.; Geiger’s Clothing & Sports, 14710 Detroit Ave.; Local Girl Gallery, 16106 Detroit; Oldest Stone House, 14710 Lake Ave.; Rozi’s Wine House, 14900 Detroit Ave.; Mitchell Sotka, 19071 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River; and at V Regalo/The Desk Set, 19315 Detroit Road, Rocky River. Tour tickets and tickets for the Patron Party Saturday, Sept. 8 can be purchased online at     

A limited number of tickets may be available the day of the tour at the Nicholson House for $25 each. Patron Party tickets also can be purchased by mail, online, or at the Oldest Stone House during business hours. For more tour and benefit information, contact the Lakewood Historical Society at 216-221-7343 or go to

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:58 PM, 09.05.2012