Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Windsor Terraces on Chester Avenue

Commuting into CSU via Chester each morning, I pass an odd little street called Windsor Terrace. It was fascinating, then, to discover that it is the remnants of the old Hotel del Prado, which was made from the former Gertrude S. Ely mansion, both fronting on Euclid on the 4200 block. Developer Walter McClure created the del Prado as an apartment hotel in 1917, boasting 88 rooms and, significantly here, 21 "terraces," they surviving as these Windsor Terrace units. Windsor Avenue, whence their name, was subsumed into Chester Avenue when the latter was cut through in the 1940s, which also lopped off a few units on the north end. The hotel side of the property is just a parking lot today.


At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always wondered how this little street came to be. Thanks for the post. Joe

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Laura Peskin said...

Actually the Windsor Terrace was built as a pretty posh rowhome address in 1905. Del Prado acquired it later. Ads for Windsor Terrace in the decade when it was built boasted such luxurious amenities as gas furnaces and phones. Residents in the early days posted frequent ads for domestic help. Check the Plain Dealer Historical online database.

At 12:01 AM, Blogger Laura Peskin said...

Whoops actually I see that Del Prado did always control the Terrace. The hotel, however, also dates to 1905.

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to see interior space


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