Historic John Hartness Brown home hosts historical society fundraiser
The 1896 John Hartness Brown House was filled to capacity on Nov. 8 for the Cleveland Heights Historical Society's fundraiser, Mysteries of the Overlook.
The principal speaker, Cynthia Lundeen, mesmerized the audience with her colorful perspective on the locally famous murder of William Lowe Rice in 1910. Her talk included much information regarding how criminal investigations, along with the related media publicity, were conducted in that era.
Attendees were encouraged to come in period costume—particularly hats—as Lundeen is a locally prominent maker of vintage-style millinery.
The Brown House, a Cleveland Heights Landmark, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is an important contributor to the National Register's recently designated Euclid Heights Historic District.
Ken Goldberg is a librarian, art historian, historian and preservation consultant.