The house was designed by architect, Edward Maier of the Cleveland firm, Maier and Walsh, and is located in a beautiful country setting. This fine example of an American country house estate is part of a tradition that started at the end of the
Civil War and continued until America’s involvement in World War II. Key aspects of this movement were the absorption into
American culture of the European idea of the country house as
a center of civilized values expressed in terms of architecture, furnishing and gardens.
The Corning family home is now part of the Holden Arboretum and is used for private and special events.
The landscaping was planned by Warren Corning and landscape architect Donald Gray. Entering the grounds, visitors can enjoy the view of magnificent perennial borders, rose and wildflower gardens, rockery and primrose valley. A terrace at the house overlooks a wooded ravine where a tributary of the East Branch of the Chagrin River forms a 20-foot waterfall.
The gardens are open to the public Monday – Friday from April through October and included with admission to the Arboretum. Guided tours are also offered in the spring and summer. Visit our online class schedule for dates and times.