Monday, December 3, 2007

The Terminal Tower and Tower City

Nothing says Cleveland like the Terminal Tower. Located on Public Square, it opened in 1928 with a height 0f 708 feet – 52 stories. It was the tallest building in North America outside New York, until surpassed in 1964 by Boston's Prudential Tower. The architects were Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, and was built by brothers Mantis J. and Oris P. Van Sweringen. The building was constructed above Cleveland Union Terminal.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Sadly, the city was in somewhat of a decline at the time, and the downtown area was showing its age. Extensive renovations and new construction surrounding the Terminal Tower, along with renovations in the Cleveland Union Terminal, created Tower City Center in 1991.

Here are some recent and some older photos. The Terminal Tower is currently undergoing a face lift. In addition, the Euclid Corridor project will help improve transportation from Public Square to the University Circle area, and eastward to East Cleveland.

The Terminal Tower - Public Square
(Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the foreground)
Photo by Christine Zimmer -used with permission

The Terminal and Cleveland Union Terminal, prior to "Tower City" (1987)
Photo by Christine Zimmer -used with permission

The Terminal with Tower City - photo courtesy WikiCommons

Tower City Interior Photo by Christine Zimmer -used with permission

View of Terminal Tower from Tower City Skylight Photo by Christine Zimmer -used with permission

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