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E. A. Schellentrager House

Situated at 690 Lakeview Road in Cleveland's historic Glenville neighborhood, the E. A. Schellentrager House, known to the Schellentrager family as "Evergreen," was built in 1893. It was designed by one of Cleveland's most prolific late nineteenth-century architects, Fenimore C. Bate. Bate was very possibly Cleveland's most successful architect of houses designed in the Queen Anne style. Bate is also notable as the architect who designed Grays Armory on Bolivar Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

Ernst August Schellentrager, for whom Evergreen was built, was an immigrant from the Thuringia region of Germany who came to Cleveland in 1864 as a 14 year old. By 1867, he was employed as an assistant pharmacist in a downtown drug store. Just six years later he opened his own drug store on St. Clair Avenue--at what today would be 3361 St. Clair. He operated his drug store from that downtown Cleveland location for 46 years.

In addition to operating his drug store and being father to nine children, E. A. Schellentrager was a Cleveland community activist. He served on the Cleveland School Board for 14 years from 1878 until 1892. He was compelled to resign his position that year when he and his family moved to Glenville, then a suburb of Cleveland. While on the Cleveland School Board, Schellentrager headed the German instruction committee. He also served as Board President in 1886.

Schellentrager was an early leader in the efforts to promote the professionalization of the pharmacist practice in Ohio. He was an active member of the Ohio and Cleveland Pharmacists' Associations, and was one of the founders of the Cleveland School of Pharmacy. He served as President of the Cleveland Pharmacy School for 22 years--from its inception in 1882 to 1904. In 1908, the Cleveland School became one of Western Reserve University's colleges.

E.A. Schellentrager lived at Evergreen for 11 years. In 1904, the same year that he stepped down as President of the Cleveland School of Pharmacy, Schelletrager sold the two-acre estate to a real estate developer. The family moved to a house on East 115th Street, where E. A. lived until his death in 1926.

Images

Evergreen In this photograph taken circa 1897, E. A. Schellentrager, his wife Augusta, and two of their children are seen enjoying life at Evergreen. With its towers, wings, wrap-around porch and intersecting gables, Evergreen is an excellent example of a nineteenth century home built in the Queen Ann architectural style. Source: Raymond L. Pianka Collection
The Parlor This undated photograph shows a view from the Parlor at Evergreen. Parlors were the nineteenth century equivalent of today's family rooms. Source: Raymond L. Pianka Collection
E. A. and Augusta Schellentrager This undated nineteenth century photo is of E. A. Schellentrager and his second wife, Augusta. Schellentrager's first wife, Ada, died in the early 1880s. In 1885, Schellentrager returned to Germany where he met and married Augusta. Source: Raymond L. Pianka Collection
Bicycling at Evergreen This undated photograph depicts two of E. A. Schellentrager's daughters and their bicycles outside Evergreen. Source: Raymond L. Pianka Collection
Schellentrager Pharmacy E. A. Schellentrager opened up his pharmacy at this location on St. Clair Avenue in 1873. He operated the pharmacy at this same location at what today would be 3316 St. Clair Avenue for 46 years. Source: Raymond L. Pianka Collection
Inside the Pharmacy This undated photograph of the interior of E. A. Schellentrager Pharmacy presents a rare and fascinating view of a nineteenth century pharmacy. Source: Raymond L. Pianka Collection
Early Drug Store Ad E. A. Schellentrager advertised nineteenth-century cures for nineteenth-century illnesses. Source: Raymond L. Pianka Collection
Evergreen today This recently taken photograph of the E. A. Schellentrager house shows that the house has weathered its 125+ years on Lakeview Road well. Source: Cleveland City Planning Commission

Location

690 Lakeview Rd, Cleveland, OH 44108

Metadata

Jim Dubelko, “E. A. Schellentrager House,” Cleveland Historical, accessed December 2, 2022, https://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/486.