Tower fight threatens commission's status
Monday, June 25, 2007
Steven LittPlain Dealer Columnist
The bitter debate over whether to renovate or replace a downtown
Cleveland office tower designed by the great Modernist architect Marcel
Breuer threatens to cause serious collateral damage.
At risk: the status of the Cleveland City Planning Commission.
Cuyahoga County Commissioners Tim Hagan and Jimmy Dimora want to pull
down the 29-story Ameritrust tower, built in 1971, to make way for a new
county administrative complex at East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue. In
March, they outvoted Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, who thinks the
county could save $35 million or more by renovating rather than building
Call for Entries: Architecture Exhibit
What Would you do with the Breuer Building?
July 18 - July 21, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday July 19, 2007, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
Location: 1305 Gallery, 1305 Euclid Avenue at East 13 Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Two-thirds of Cuyahoga County's commissioners want to demolish it.
Architecture critic Steven Litt wants to save it.
What would you do with it?
Sponsored by Ingenuity, the Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology,
this juried architectural exhibition invites architects, architectural
interns, students, engineers, artists and designers living or working in
Northeast Ohio to answer the question. The intent of the exhibit is to
keep the debate alive – through both imaginary and real alternatives to
the Breuer Tower’s future. Additionally, this exhibit offers area design
professionals and others with an opportunity to participate in the
Ingenuity festival and to demonstrate how architecture can be the
embodiment of “creativity, innovation, culture and technology.”
We encourage architecture, engineering and design firms to participate
as well as to support and recognize their staff members who participate
in the creation of an entry. Firm affiliations will be noted along side
the designer’s/designers’ name(s).
To participate, please email [email protected]
Subject line: Breuer Tower.