A historic Cleveland tavern gets turned into a family home.
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Rose and Peter Zitiello has always been interested in Cleveland's history, and finally they just went and bought a piece of it. The structure was built in 1906 by relatives of Peter and saw service as a tavern and a church. During Prohibition it was turned into a speakeasy. It was operating as a private social club when the Zitiellos bought it in the early 1980s.
It was very important to Rose and Peter to maintain the building's original features. The most identifiable piece of the past is, of course, the bar. Even after they painted the surrounding walls pink, the bar still looks like it was taken right from the home of Jay Gatsby. It's easy to imagine the parties taking place in that room. The basement still includes a platform for wine barrels.
The whole conversion process took about a year and a half, which isn’t bad considering all the work that had to be done. The second floor was made up of very small rooms without closets or bathrooms. The Zitiellos knocked down those walls, added a bathroom, a second kitchen and a dining area.
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