Discover Lorain Avenue | Historic & Notable Landmarks Tour, Cleveland, Ohio
Historic & Notable Landmarks Tour, Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  
Lorain Avenue, Historic & Notable Landmarks Tour, Cleveland, Ohio    

The Cleveland Christian Children's Home | Westown Neighborhood, Westown CDC

The Cleveland Christian Children's Home, 11401 Lorain Avenue, Westown

The Cleveland Christian Home was founded in 1900 when Reverend Henry Timme, a pastor in the Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church, took in a family of children left on his doorstep. Word soon spread that Reverend Timme's home was a safe haven for children, and other abandoned or orphaned children followed. Soon, Reverend Timme was running an orphanage from his home near Broadway and Aetna Avenues in Cleveland.

In 1905, the Home moved to the Bosworth farm on Lorain Avenue so that the orphanage could expand to care for 60 children. In 1925, with the help of the Christian Churches, the farmhouse was replaced with a modern brick building, complete with recreation rooms and dormitories. This building, which still stands today at 11401 Lorain Ave., eventually cared for 100 orphans from infants to teenagers.

Today, the Cleveland Christian Home is a Cleveland Landmark and exists to be a haven of hope to help heal children, youth, and families in crisis.

Architect: J.H. MacDowell

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Westown Neighborhood, Lorain Avenue, Cleveland Ohio
Westown Neighborhood, Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio

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