Named for its natural setting on the south shore of Lake Erie, Lakewood, Ohio was one of Cleveland's original suburbs. Incorporated as a city in 1911, Lakewood experienced tremendous growth during the early 20th century, and became known as "Cleveland's Fashionable Suburb," and a "City of Beautiful Homes," as it boasted some of the finest Victorian residences in the area. Using a wonderful collection of historic photographs, many from the Lakewood Historical Society, the pages of this book take you on a tour of Lakewood's history, chronicling the people, places, and events that have made the suburb one of the area's best places to live.
Thea Gallo Becker has a M.A. in history from Cleveland State University and is a long-time resident of Lakewood. The Lakewood Historical Society is located in the Oldest Stone House Museum, and has been documenting and preserving Lakewood's history since 1952.