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Big Old Houses: L.M. Moffet's Harvey E. Hackenberg House

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Harvey E. Hackenberg House

Harvey E. Hackenberg House

Harvey E. Hackenberg House

The Harvey E. Hackenberg House was built between 1893 and 1895 for Harvey E. Hackenberg, a chief executive officer of the National Carbon Company (now part of Union Carbide), a company founded to supply the demand for carbons for arc lights and was once one of the city’s leading industries.

The Queen Anne Victorian-style house was designed by L. M. Moffet, a Cleveland architect and originally cost $28,000. This large Victorian residence comprises 17 rooms, a third-floor ballroom, has an octagonal corner tower with a bell-cast roof, a hand-carved staircase from Norway, a wide front porch supported on Tuscan columns, and a carriage house in the rear with living quarters for a hired man.

Today, the structure remains a private residence and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Harvey E. Hackenberg

Harvey E. Hackenberg was born in 1864 in Northumberland, Pa. He attended the local high school and at age 17 moved to Cleveland and became a clerk for Tuttle, Masters & Co., iron ore merchants. In 1883, when lighting by electricity was little more than in the experimental stage, he joined Bouton Carbon Co., maker of electric lighting carbons. He later he went to work for National Carbon in 1888, where he held the posts of vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Hackenberg died unexpectedly at an Edgewater Drive address in Lakewood in 1923 at the age of 59.

Local Lore

In 1903 Harvey E. Hackenberg wed Addie May Lawrence, a niece of the late Washington H. Lawrence, who was president of National Carbon until his death in 1900. Not long after the marriage, Harvey E. and his wife were divorced. He moved away while she remained in the Grace Avenue mansion with their son, Harvey Jr.

It was reported Addie was so ashamed because of the failed marriage (since divorces were considered scandalous and disgraceful), she became a recluse and did not venture out during the day up until her death. Harvey Jr. stayed at Hackenberg mansion after his mother’s death, until 1960, when the Harvey E. Hackenberg House was sold for a reported $11,000.

1568 Grace Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107

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