Monday, May 08, 2006

MORE LOCAL HISTORY TO BE LOST FOR FREEWAYS???


With this post is a photo of a building built as a flour-mill in 1894, designed by architect John N. Richardson. Historically, it is known as the Broadway Mills building. It is located in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Cuyahoga River industrial-valley and, more pertinently, very near a freeway. Plans are now afoot to "re-do" that freeway. Details just lately being revealed include -- what else?? -- the "need" to DESTROY nearby buildings, including the Broadway Mills building. Although the image with this posting does not really show details, there are medallions made of either stone or terra-cotta, along an upper floor, that depict grains, plus there are two more medallions that provide the year of construction. Cleveland architecture has suffered greatly because of freeways. We've lost irreplaceable Euclid Avenue mansions, and both the Brooklyn Centre and Tremont historic neighborhoods have been bisected -- just to mention a very few examples. An attempt by the Cleveland Landmarks Commission to landmark this building is presently being made. Meanwhile, certain local activists are already getting media publicity on this, and related, freeway plans. Freeway projects need to consider the damage they may cause to a community's history. It's a 'bigger picture' than just this one building that really matters. Look for a couple more postings, with other photos, of this building, soon.

3 Comments:

Blogger Tim Ferris said...

Welcome to the Greater Cleveland preservation party. Things seem to be heating up this year--the Wirth House on Denison, the Fulton Road Bridge, and now this Gillotta (spelling?) building.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Denise D said...

All we ever hear about when it comes to destruction of historic buildings and other structures is that, "It's for the public good." No one ever stops to think about how much harm this destruction does to the character and personality of a neighborhood or a city. Rather, "public good" usually translates into money in some developer's or design firm's pockets. No one ever REALLY investigates exactly what this nebulous goal of "public good" actually means to the citizens.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Bill Barrow said...

What I like about this photo, Craig, is that it not only captures the whole building in a fashion you don't notice, looking at it from Jacob's Field with the Marathon gas station in front, but the photo also shows the east abutment of the old Central Viaduct, which is also threatened by ODOT's plans.

9:42 PM  

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