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  1. Excuse me for not being more clear. I meant "derivative" in the pejorative sense, and indeed as a criticism. Dense but ugly is no way go through life. This is hardly an architectural homage, and laughably hard on the eyes. Many building owners and their architects manage to create pleasing historical references in brilliantly scaled structures all the time; dense too.
  2. Derivative. Also, why does it look like it's growing out of an out sized planter? (Photo: Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67, Montreal)
  3. Hah, You're right! Thanks - fixed it. I must have misremembered it using the wrong allusion to the ancient world.
  4. The Colonnade Cafeteria was in the basement of the Ohio Savings Plaza on E 9th at some point. [Corrected: I wrongly remembered it as The Forum] When I worked at Huntington, there was a tunnel under Chester Ave that connected to the Colonnade dining hall at the basement level, and to the Ohio Savings Garage, which was used jointly by workers in both buildings. These images of the arcade are screenshots from the website of the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA.) Since it's a govt agency, I can presume they are in the public domain and are free to share. It's exactly as I remember it - minus any signs of life, or the many tenants. - The last image (construction) was a new one for me, so I dropped it in here just for fun. Post Office windows near the Chester Avenue side, close to Perk Plaza (formerly called Chester Commons) Stairs from the arcade up to Chester Avenue near E 9th. Also, access to the main banking hall during business hours. Shops, and the American Express Travel office Convenience Store and the former Lemon tree cafe on the left. Location of Joseph Scafidi Custom Tailors on the right. Entrances to the shoe shine stand, florist shop, Guv'nor Pub, and safety deposit room obscured by the first column Beyond all are elevators & stairs that take you up the Euclid Ave side of the building. To the left of the sundries shop are freight elevators and a passage out to the large alley that runs out behind the Huntington Bldg & John Hartness Brown Bldg. 1926 Photo-op for your your great grandpa's new Buick
  5. This makes me very sad. My grandfather was a vice president for Union Commerce Bank and my father's main business office was upstairs in the Huntington building. In college I worked as a teller for Huntington Bank, in the grand vaulted banking room - upstairs from what I always thought was the very classy Rickey C. Tanno Jewelry store. My dad bought all his suits from Joseph Scafidi in the Huntington Arcade, and much of my mother's jewelry was purchased or repaired at Tanno's. I honestly didn't think they were still down there; across from the old Lemon Tree cafeteria and the Guv'nor Pub retaurant. In fact I've been away so long, I didn't consider that any parts of 925 were still accessible. I was never up to the roof when it was known as the Mid Day Club, but did have the chance when it was reopened as Sammy's Metropolitan Club in the 1990s. The Union Commerce Bank building is so excellently old school in the most essential ways, with a six-chair shoe shine stand; a well stocked magazine and tobacconist kiosk built into the foyer; the polished brass safety deposit room; a full service US Post Office; and so many places that seemed to be frozen in the 1930-1950s. I hate to think of that place without Tanno's. All things must change, but the arcade downstairs was perhaps one of the last remaining vestiges of Cleveland when it was at the top of it's game and a headquarters city of the highest caliber. - Through it all was Tanno's. Rickey C. Tanno jewelry shop to close as Union Trust Building project looms (Crains) https://www.crainscleveland.com/real-estate/rickey-c-tanno-jewelry-shop-close-union-trust-building-project-looms
  6. ExPatClevGuy

    Cleveland: Historic Photos

    A post about The Old Arcade this week in the Urban Ohio Northeast Projects and Construction pages included some vintage images of the Old Arcade, which sent me looking through my own library of vintage travel books. Happily, I landed on this cool old image of the still extant front Gates of the former Stager Beckwith mansion on Euclid Avenue (Built 1860s - Now the Cleveland Children's Museum.) "America: Picturesque and Descriptive," by Joel Cook Published by H.T. Coates & Co., Philadelphia: 1900 Text is from pages 419-420
  7. I know we all love the Old Arcade. I crow about it too, to anyone who will listen, but it is sloppy research to say it is America's oldest indoor shopping center/mall. The elegant Greek Revival Westminster Arcade in Providence, RI predates it by around 50 years, and it is still a gem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Arcade No dis on Cleveland, it's just better to learn and know the truth before making extravagant claims like 'first' or 'oldest.'
  8. Mr Clifton, I agree. I would add that the Landmark Towers (Midland Bank) are among the chief detractors along this strip. For all their spectacular beauty and architectural achievement, could a more wondrously elegant structure be employed to any less success than this? It's not that there are shallow pocket tenants in these buildings owned outright by one of our city's top corporate citizens. Shame on Sherwin Williams for neglecting an opportunity to spruce up the neighborhood surrounding their headquarters. I know everyone loves the new banner on one wall in support of the Cavs, but the unfinished brick facade on those south and eastern facing sides of the tower (for 88 years) are also an unsightly blight on the city. They speak regularly to a national audience about stagnation and slow growth of Cleveland's urban core.
  9. Yet the scale of the proposed garage is large, and it doesn't seem sustainable without the benefit of round-the-clock daily users from the proposed tower, hotel, office and retail.
  10. The building went up in the late 1940s. After Ohio Bell closed up shop around 1974-75, it was vacant for a while and then became a Wonder/Hostess thrift shop. When I was a kid we used to sneak behind all the tan & beige Ohio Bell Dodge vans parked in the lot, and rifle through the dumpster to find old telephone parts and wires for elementary school science projects. I wish I could find a snapshot of the place as a Bell Phone facility, but all I could come up with was an old toy version of those vans. Fun memory!
  11. This was formerly (perhaps originally) a service center and garage for Ohio Bell repair trucks.
  12. The flat tan & grey panels along the street make it look like the backside of the building rather than a place where the building greets pedestrians and presents a dialog with the historic Gospel Press Building. Some deeper window casings, sills, and mullions would add more texture to the panels will make them appear less "lifeless." Depth at the windows will help it relate better to all the surrounding structures. The current design appears to have been plunked down indiscriminately without regard to the rest of the neighborhood. Most of it looks really great. This particular aspect looks incredibly cha-cheap.
  13. You know what that was for, right? I do not, PLEASEEEEE enlighten The building features a rooftop ticket lobby and waiting room designed for dirigible flights to New York and Chicago; the roof was never utilized because of the high winds from Lake Erie.[4] https://wikivisually.com/wiki/The_925_Building The "high winds" myth seems to be everywhere, including local media outlets of all stripes, but high winds were not the reason service never began upstairs at the Union Trust building. Rather, the GENERAL AIR SERVICE CORPORATION, begun by Clevelander Benedict Crowell and other national and local money men (like John Penton, The Hannas, Squire, Chester Bolton and more) went bankrupt just prior to, or shortly after, the Union Trust Bank Building opening for business in 1924. In fact, there's plenty of intrigue about the German Government suing Zeppelin for selling German national defense secrets to General Air Service Corp in the 1920s. This Front Page New York Times article from Feb 25, 1922 covers some of the development plans for the organization. - https://search.proquest.com/docview/99590849/fulltextPDF/6AF1B46D333B4D90PQ/6?accountid=46320 My grandfather and father both had offices in the Huntington (Union Commerce) Building for many years. My grandfather would attend the Midday Club in the old airship waiting room with my grandmother, and when I was old enough I would join my dad there for breakfast at Sammy's Metro Club. - My dad once suggested I get together with my pals and submit a contract proposal to bldg manager Hines Interests to disassemble a large iron superstructure on the roof. I suspect it was a water tower though, and not a mooring post for dirigibles. Here's some background published in 1922 on the company that tried to start airship service in New York, Cleveland, Chicago, and other US Cities; with an eye on future international service - https://tinyurl.com/y9uuoc4m
  14. The base of a staircase or elevator shaft from the old Hotel Moreland? From the Plat Book of The City of Cleveland, Vol. One 1912 by G.M. Hopkins & Co.
  15. Does anyone here have updating privileges on this site? I don't have the time or skill to do so, but I always wonder who put these up and who updates them in each city. It's really kind of fun to snoop across the state and around the world visiting the various stages of progress in each town. http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?cityID=147
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