Downtown Cleveland

Mid-Century Modern

Downtown Cleveland experienced a period of growth from the 1950s through the 1980s. Today, however, many of these towers have low occupancy rates and struggle to remain viable. Some materials used in the mid-century period have not held up and require a great deal of maintenance. We hope to see more of these buildings receive historic designation in the coming years in order to qualify for federal and state historic preservation tax incentives.

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The East Ohio Gas Building (1959, Richard Roth, architect) was the second skyscraper built in Cleveland after the Terminal Tower.

The Illuminating Building (now 55 Public Square) was the first. East Ohio Gas has been largely vacant for years, but rehab plans have been discussed in recent years.

The Jewish Community Federation Building (1965) by noted architect Edward Durell Stone (designer of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Geographic Society Building, both in Washington, D.C.) is now vacant, but will be used by the Cleveland Metropolitan School Board.

The Ameritrust Tower (1971) by Marcel Breur and Hamilton Smith is currently on the market as part of Cuyahoga County real estate being sold for redevelopment.


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