Wednesday, August 05, 2015

R. I. P.

This post departs from the usual purpose of this site.  We regrettably must post an architectural obituary.  One of the more 'high-profile' historic buildings of Cleveland, Ohio, due in large part to its close proximity to a heavily-traveled freeway, was recently lost.  Located in the Lorain Station Historic District, this structure was built for a John Howland in 1896 -- with a decidedly out-of-fashion mansard-roofed top floor that had many convinced it was much older.
Howland Building - 1999 photo
It was severely damaged by a fire in late-May of 2015.  It and the adjacent historic building, equally damaged by the same fire, had to both be demolished a few week later.  This was one of the most unique and -- to some - one of the most picturesque historic buildings of its type in Cleveland.  At the very least, there was no better example of a mansard roof in the entire county.  It will certainly be remembered fondly for a very long time.

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Anonymous Alan Forman said...

Must have been a stunning building in its heyday. Wonder if it was originally intended for mixed use, or opulent single family residence, or apartments. Perhaps one day it will receive the complete eulogy it deserves. Thanks for bringing it to public attention!

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