After being asked several times before, Gregory Nutter and Michael Ranney finally consented this year to having their West North Broadway house included on the Clintonville Homes Tour.

After being asked several times before, Gregory Nutter and Michael Ranney finally consented this year to having their West North Broadway house included on the Clintonville Homes Tour.

Now, of course, much painting is taking place, and last week Nutter was busy ironing curtains.

Similar preparations are doubtless taking place at many, if not all, of the nine other stops on the Sept. 12 fundraiser for the Clintonville Community Fund.

"They keep asking us year after year and we finally said yes," Nutter said last week. "It's a great motivator for getting things done."

Ranney and Nutter live at 136 W. North Broadway, in a three-bedroom, 2,591-square-foot home that was built in 1925.

"This house is nothing spectacular," Nutter said. "It's just an old house, but people who come here always say it feels homey."

The home's kitchen was remodeled in 2000, but much of the original cabinetry was kept. A new French country sink was added, along with granite countertops.

While the house might be not anything all that spectacular, as Nutter maintains, the same cannot be said for its contents.

"The current owners' influence is evident throughout, with antiques and memorabilia lending personal touches," according to a press release from tour organizers.

Nutter and Ranney are, in short, collectors.

Some people who collect things keep from getting overrun by their collections through a policy of having any new item mean something old has to go.

"We have no policy like that," Ranney said. "Heaven forbid!"

Ranney collects inkwells, the result of a single one he got from his mother. Nutter collects Japanese raku pottery. They jointly collect antique toys and the attic thank goodness it's a large one, Nutter said holds most of the 34 Christmas trees with which the two decorate the house during the holiday season.

The Buckeye Christmas tree will be on display for the tour, Nutter said.

The house also features a great deal of clown memorabilia, part of a collection handed down to Ranney by his late father, Omar, who was drama critic for the defunct Cleveland Press for about a decade, until 1956.

In addition to the clown items Omar Ranney gathered, the house is decorated with many of the pen-and-ink portraits Cleveland Press artist Jim Herron did to accompany Omar Ranney's stories.
"It's like going to Sardi's," Nutter said.

"I'm old enough that I remember most of the names," Ranney said of the portrait subjects, which include Jimmy Durante and Judy Garland. "It's very meaningful. It's a connection with my past. My father died when I was 10, and it's important to have that."

"Everything just kind of meshed together," Nutter said of the various collections, to which most recently have been added prints by John Lennon.

"He's as much responsible for some of the growth of all of the collections as I am," Ranney said.

Other stops on the Clintonville Homes Tour 2010 are:
218 Montrose Way, owned by Patricia L. Campbell. The Craftsman bungalow, which was built in 1921, is 1,080 square feet and has three bedrooms. "Dubbed 'Moon Cottage' by the current owner, this home has a mixture of original fixtures and recent renovations," according to information from tour organizers. The fireplace mantle is original, as are the hardwood floors throughout. The exterior includes a new front porch which features an acrylic overlay that simulates brick. The house was on the tour in 2008. 3875 Olentangy Blvd., owned by Toby and Jerry Rampelt. Built in 1950, it has 2,908 square feet and three bedrooms. "Inspired by American architectural great Frank Lloyd Wright, this unique home offers a stunning exterior view thanks to a 6-by-9-foot, single-pane picture window in the dining room. The house was owned for years by Milt Trautman, an Ohio State University professor known for his definitive works on Ohio birds and fish. Larry Walquist, OSU professor emeritus of landscape architecture, designed the grounds." The house was on the Clintonville Homes Tour in 2006. 101 Amazon Place, owned by Andrew and Delinda Kossoff. The house was built in 1921. It has 2,468 square feet and contains three bedrooms. "A 'Nantucket style' cedar shake home, this Clintonville classic has had two recent renovations that added plenty of space including a master bath/spa and a redesigned kitchen." 3539 Olentangy Blvd., owned by Tamar Rudavsky and Richard Brody. The 2,100-square foot structure was built in 1929. It has four bedrooms. "This mixed-style home has had two major renovations that doubled its original size of 900 square feet. Now, the one-time small cottage that provided canoers easy access to the Olentangy River provides as much interest on the inside as it does on the outside." 167 Irving Way West, owned by Ralph and Mary Kay Mathews. With four bedrooms, the 1932 house has 1,860 square feet. "This classic Tudor has had only two owners since being built 78 years ago. The current owners have lived in the home since 1976 and have added significant renovations while preserving much of the historic nature of the property." The home was on the tour twice previously, first in the late 1980s and again in 2004. 147 Erie Road, owned by Chris Placke and Jill Alexander. Built in 1927, the three-bedroom home has 2,052 square feet. The kitchen underwent remodeling in 2008. "A Craftsman home with ample space, this house dates back to the Roaring Twenties. Several owners have made continued improvements to create a modern space with historic touches." 3597 Milton Ave., owned by Margie Hegg and Paul Brockman. The three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot home was built in 1926. "This Tudor home has unique, harlequin-shaped windows that provide a design element that is repeated throughout the interior of the house. New additions within the last few years, including a kitchen, master bathroom and redwood deck, have combined with older touches such as hardwood floors and antique artwork." 3739 Olentangy Blvd., owned by Joe and Judy Patacca. With four bedrooms in 2,823 square feet of space, the house dates back to 1939. "This mixed-style home welcomes guests in an entirely different way from its inception. The original entry was enclosed as a part of the living room, but the current owners expanded the entrance with a new, covered porch and front door. They also added two bathrooms and a bedroom as well as other significant upgrades to bring the house up to date." The house was on the tour in 1997. 3859 Olentangy Blvd., owned by Steve Kemp. The house was built in 1948. It has three bedrooms in 2,360 square feet. "The owner is converting this home from a mid-century modern design to that of a "loft in the park." Foliage around the home's exterior has been pared down, and the landscaping now has a cleaner design. With the planned creation of a master suite, the conversion will be complete."