One of the perks of being Western Reserve Academy’s head of school is living in Pierce House. The five-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath Greek Revival residence is the sort of place that makes This Old House lovers swoon, with its combination of original architectural features and modern conveniences. The home was built by the boarding and day school’s second president, George Pierce, in 1855 and expanded with a three-bedroom, two-bath annex in the 1930s.
But when current head of school Suzanne Walker Buck moved in with her husband Johnny and 13-year-old daughter Halsey last July, she discovered the foyer, living room, dining room and sunroom had to do far more than accommodate her family.
“It’s really important that we can entertain everyone from potential donors to the school and dignitaries that come to stay here, as well as our students, our staff, our faculty,” she explains.