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Issue Date: February 2005 Issue


Beach Brawl


Marie Catanese

Euclid Beach Park's roller coasters are long gone and its beloved carousel is in storage, but the landmark Humphrey Mansion still stands — at least for now.

Euclid Beach Trailer Park, which currently owns the Humphrey Mansion property, is seeking to demolish the dilapidated structure and wants city officials to revoke the local landmark status they granted the home in 1994. The North Collinwood neighborhood's Northeast Shores Development Corp., on the other hand, wants to restore the estate and has enlisted the help of the Cleveland Restoration Society and Kent State Urban Design Center to make it happen.

"Things like this don't get torn down on my watch," NSDC executive director Brian Friedman says of the original home of the Humphrey family, who bought the lakefront amusement park in 1901 and turned it into an adored family destination.

The NSDC wants the mansion property annexed into the Euclid Beach public park portion of the former amusement park site by way of a land exchange that would give visitors access to the neighboring Villa Angela State Park and improve lakefront access. It's part of an NSDC neighborhood redevelopment proposal that also aims to restore the Euclid Beach carousel to its original location, improve the park's fishing pier and build new senior housing. For more information or to get inolved in the restoration efforts, visit www.northeastshores.org.


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