Haddon Hill is a neighborhood within Cleveland Heights. It began as an exclusive development by Wickham Havens, Inc. in 1912. 4

The neighborhood is home to the Haddon Hill Stairs and various large, luxurious houses including the Kaiser House. Many of the lots in the area are unusually wide and shallow; this was by design: "This is in accord with the new theory of the proper arrangement of home parks." 1,5

The land had previously belonged to James C. Jordan, a San Francisco millionaire originally from Boston. Jordan had purchased the land c.1892. 2

1912 photo - courtesy Tim Sanchez

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  1. New Home Tract an Innovation San Francisco Call September 18, 1912
  2. Jordan Tract is Subdivided San Francisco Call September 14, 1912
  3. Map of Haddon Hill Courtesy Earth Sciences and Map Library, University of California, Berkeley
  4. Lake Property Now on Market Oakland Tribune September 15, 1912
  5. Embody New Ideas in 'Haddon Hill' Oakland Tribune September 22, 1912