Originally published in The Society Guide by HL BISE
“I was reminded of something—an elusive rhythm, a fragment of lost words, that I had heard somewhere a long time ago.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
At the turn of the twentieth century Cleveland’s elite started building grand retreats, secured behind gallant masonry and wrought-iron gates in a village just six miles east of downtown on the shore of Lake Erie. It’s known as Bratenahl. Today, a few of those mansions, located in the area just shy of one square mile, still stand—reminiscent of a bygone era reserved only for those of privilege, wealth and sophistication.
One such lakefront estate is 13303 Lakeshore Boulevard constructed in 1923. Ralph M. Coe, the only son of Lord Mortimer Coe, who was an eminent figure in Cleveland’s prosperous iron trade, commissioned architect James Montgomery Hamilton (MEADE & HAMILTON) to design a summer home in the French Normandy style. Hamilton, an MIT graduate, spent a few years in Europe post his degree honing his skills for his American nouveau riche clients’ fascination with French architecture.
The châteauesque property was constructed with stone, stucco and brick with a steep slate-tiled roof and copper gutters. The nearly ten thousand square feet interior is more majestic with stone archways, marble columns, leaded glass windows, an elevator, six ornate fireplaces, nineteen rooms including nine bedrooms, ten bathrooms and an indoor pool. Additionally the esteemed estate hosts an outdoor pool, 210 feet of lake-frontage, multiple terraces and patios, lush gardens and a heated garage. Over the past ninety years, the property has changed ownership, with each owner taking great pride in honoring the integrity of the home’s history with modern upgrades—such as gourmet kitchen, central air, heated flooring, security and audio systems, and much more for a 21st century lifestyle.
The 1923 Coe Château, located at 13303 Lakeshore Boulevard in Bratenahl, is currently being offered for sale by Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West.