The Harold Burdick house at 2424 Stratford Road, Cleveland Heights was built in 1938. It is a very rare example of modern residential architecture for this period in Ohio.
It was bought by a house flipper for just $138K and was offered sale again at $289K. To earn that added $151K the seller has done the next owner the favor of replacing the kitchen with a kitchen almost equally undesirable. They have also gutted at least one of the original four (2 full, 2 half) bathrooms. The new bathroom(s) can only be described as an outrage. For no particular reason, the master bedroom's minimalist details have been destroyed. And now this entirely wood paneled room is entirely painted. As if that isn't enough damage, though I can't say for certain from the sale pictures, it appears that some of the original steel windows have been replaced.
We saw this coming, didn't we? We tend to hope that someone who knows what they have bought, know what they are doing, has a sense of responsibility and is motivated by something more than a good profit buys this sort of house.
Burdick worked for Walker & Weeks, on the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and for other local firms including with Philip Small on the Moreland Courts Apartments. He also practiced independently designing 28 homes in Shaker Heights.