Historical Saddler house build date confirmed

Last month, I submitted a story about the Frank Saddler house at 317 Bassett Road in Bay Village. The most my fellow researchers and I could say at the time was that it was constructed between 1901 and 1909.

Further research of the tax records at the Cuyahoga County Archives has confirmed that construction of the house began in 1905 and was completed in 1906. As of the 1900 U.S. Census the Frank Saddler family resided in a rented home near the William Saddler II house, 30165 Lake Road.

Until May 29, 1905, Frank and his wife owned 15 acres of land in what later became Westlake. It is land on which Dover Elementary School is currently located. On that date they sold the land for $1,875. The proceeds may have helped fund the construction of their new house.

William Krause

William R. Krause, AICP I am the Assistant Planning Director for the City of Westlake. I have worked for Westlake for 25 years. I served on the Bay Village Planning Commission for 5 years. I am a member of the Reuben Osborn Learning Center Steering Committee. I am a Board Member and Historian for the Westlake Historical Society and a Trustee of the Western Reserve Architectural Historians. I have been married to Debra for 33 years and am the father of three grown children, grandfather of one and owner of two Shih Tzu's.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.19.2015