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14 minutes ago, KJP said:

 


Great pic, @KJP. And what’s interesting is that it looks like they might have used the white terra-cotta to clad the atrium, matching the street facing facades. If so, that’s fantastic attention to detail on a feature that certainly could have been value engineered! 

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1 hour ago, skiwest said:

It looks great, except for the obtrusive Healthline bus stop in front.

?? That stop gives people who live at the May Company building and work in University Circle a quick hop onto BRT

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50 minutes ago, ytown2ctown said:

I will never take this restoration for granted I swear. Still have PTSD from it being a boarded up eyesore.

 

I'm so happy this building survived, I wonder how close it was to being sacrificed? 

 

I too have PTSD- from people using nooks and crannies around the building as their urinal haha

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On 4/9/2020 at 1:43 PM, AsDustinFoxWouldSay said:

?? That stop gives people who live at the May Company building and work in University Circle a quick hop onto BRT

Yes, I am aware.  I was referring to the design of the bus stops.  It's a shame they never built the voter-approved subway back in the 50s.  But I digress.

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I need to get over and see it in person now. This building is a jewel every Clevelander should be proud of!

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This building is a perfect symbol and microcosm  of the Cleveland narrative - a rich and great history being proudly revived for a new century and new generations to enjoy. Many younger and some now larger American cities simply don’t have this kind of architecture. 

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54 minutes ago, CleveFan said:

This building is a perfect symbol and microcosm  of the Cleveland narrative - a rich and great history being proudly revived for a new century and new generations to enjoy. Many younger and some now larger American cities simply don’t have this kind of architecture. 

 

Still hoping for the day developers reach into the annals of long-gone Cleveland historic buildings for inspiration, and rebuild some of our lost treasures. Fantasy, I know, but it sure is nice to dream about. The stone work on this facade is simply gorgeous.

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On 4/9/2020 at 11:37 AM, mrclifton88 said:

Looks like most of the facade work is completed!  

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Just for the heck of it, here's streetview from 2017. Once they wrap up the rear of the building the transformation will be even more apparent.

 

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I thought I saw a reference to the City doing some street renovations and beautification along Euclid Ave. If so, would that be this Spring/Summer and include the areas around all of these new developments, down to the May Co./Public Square?

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48 minutes ago, newyorker said:

The May Company building now looks like something you would see in Chicago.  

Not surprising since it was designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham who designed the Carson Pirie Scott building and the Marshall Field building.

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3 hours ago, Growth Mindset said:

Not surprising since it was designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham who designed the Carson Pirie Scott building and the Marshall Field building.

Didnt Burnham also design the Malls?

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This is the most stunning renotation downtown in my opinion.  And there have been a few such as the Kempton.  The quality of the renovation is particularly impressive because they did not use fiberglass to replace the terra cotta and that the building shows off in the heart of the city.  I never thought I would see this building looking so good again.  

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11 hours ago, Growth Mindset said:

Not surprising since it was designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham who designed the Carson Pirie Scott building and the Marshall Field building.

Actually, by the time the May Co. was designed, Burnham & Co. had transitioned to be known by the name of his successors Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, who later designed 925 Euclid and most of the Terminal Tower complex (Higbee's included). Carson's in Chicago however was not a Burnham design, that was designed by Louis Sullivan.

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The May Company photos start on page 9. These are some absolutely incredible nostalgic photos of May Company, as well as other retailers. It really gives you a sense of the enthusiasm that existed around the shopping experience. It's a shame it's gone.  A few celebrity sightings are thrown in for good measure.

 

...and yes, international carriers PanAm, as well as TWA and Northwest Orient, used to fly into/out of Cleveland.

 

https://photos.clevescene.com/115-vintage-photos-of-shopping-in-cleveland-including-may-company-halles-and-higbees/?slide=9&may-company-cleveland

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Everything looks so high end. Love the grey accents in the sidewalk. Definitely beats the orange, red and purple found on Euclid sidewalks.

 

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Certainly will be an improvement to the "Casino Welcome Center" which features broken trees and streetlights on its sidewalks.

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Will respond in the nuCLEus thread.

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6 hours ago, mrclifton88 said:

Certainly will be an improvement to the "Casino Welcome Center" which features broken trees and streetlights on its sidewalks.


And these are the same people who are going to “revitalize” Ontario with a pedestrian bridge.

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11 minutes ago, mack34 said:

And now prospect side.... looks like new planters have arrived 

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Hmmm.  I worried about these planters.  They call to mind those huge ugly concrete planters that bordered Euclid Avenue for years that were never properly watered or maintained and basically blocked pedestrians.  They ended up being unintended trash receptacles with leafless trees by July 4th.  I have always liked the typical Chicago streetscape with trees in the ground, surrounded by ground cover and plants and a small metal border fence

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I am surprised they didn't put tree wells in when redoing the sidewalk, but maybe these are for additional safety regulations.

 

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2 hours ago, dave2017 said:

I am surprised they didn't put tree wells in when redoing the sidewalk, but maybe these are for additional safety regulations.

 

The world we live in now - I don’t know that’s the reason for these planters but that’s the first thing I thought too. 

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8 hours ago, CleveFan said:

The world we live in now - I don’t know that’s the reason for these planters but that’s the first thing I thought too. 

Would we really be surprised is there was now Frank Jackson’s law: all new public spaces are required to have barriers eliminating gaps smaller than a vehicle. Design considerations need not apply.

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There's a courtyard in the design, right? Any chance that these planters could be used for somewhere else? I sure hope so.

 

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2 hours ago, ASPhotoman said:

There's a courtyard in the design, right? Any chance that these planters could be used for somewhere else? I sure hope so.

 

Thats a good point!!  I'll check back today to see if they are moved!!

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21 hours ago, mack34 said:

Thats a good point!!  I'll check back today to see if they are moved!!


also possible they are sitting there waiting to be lifted to the rooftop, they have an amenity space going in right? That would be my bet.

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44 minutes ago, Taller_is_better said:


also possible they are sitting there waiting to be lifted to the rooftop, they have an amenity space going in right? That would be my bet.

Yeah great thought. I remember this was a public rooftop bar like the 9 i believe.

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The residence’s website is live! Also, for what it’s worth, the official name for this place is “The May.” http://themaycleveland.com/

 

There are some interior photos of a model unit and common spaces, and today’s Downtown Cleveland Alliance 2020 Downtown Digs publication features a rendering of the rooftop, as well as commentary about attracting both ground floor (Prospect) and top floor (rooftop) commercial tenants lined up. https://www.downtowncleveland.com/DCA/media/DCA_Media/DIGS_2020_FINAL.pdf

 

A pretty stunning renovation and restoration, if you ask me!

 

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51 minutes ago, urbanetics_ said:

The residence’s website is live! Also, for what it’s worth, the official name for this place is “The May.” http://themaycleveland.com/

 

There are some interior photos of a model unit and common spaces, and today’s Downtown Cleveland Alliance 2020 Downtown Digs publication features a rendering of the rooftop, as well as commentary about attracting both ground floor (Prospect) and top floor (rooftop) commercial tenants lined up. https://www.downtowncleveland.com/DCA/media/DCA_Media/DIGS_2020_FINAL.pdf

 

A pretty stunning renovation and restoration, if you ask me!

 

 

I wanna know what this guy is seeing down the central atrium. Currently dreaming of a Roman-style pool for rainwater lol. 

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I wonder if that rendering of the rooftop addresses our discussion a few days ago regarding the grey planters lined up on Prospect.  Somebody did suggest they were for the roof and (thank god) not the sidewalk.

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I love that they kept the historic frosting on the windows but that would drive me MAD to have my view blocked like that 😂 Would anyone really want that?

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9 minutes ago, mrclifton88 said:

I love that they kept the historic frosting on the windows but that would drive me MAD to have my view blocked like that 😂 Would anyone really want that?

Actually I would. It gives a lot of light but still gives a bit of privacy. Not to mention that it probably puts really cool shadows on the wall

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Well that’s good to know. I was worried they might have trouble leasing those two floors. I guess I am a sucker for a view. 
 

I am curious to know what the public space on the roof might be. We have two rooftop bars but not a true rooftop restaurant. That would be awesome. 

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