Cleveland Trust Rotunda Building Will Host
Cleveland, Ohio - Nov.30, 2004 - The historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda will be opened to the public during the upcoming holiday season to host a major new exhibit. “At the Corner of Main & Main” is a photographic retrospective of the storied Cleveland crossroads of Euclid Avenue and East 9th Street.
This remarkable intersection has been witness to nearly one hundred years of change, from its early beginnings as a quiet residential area to its emergence as the economic hub of the city. Powerful banks were headquartered on its corners. The city's major retail and theater districts were only steps away. Festive parades celebrating everything from the circus to President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed by. Garrett Morgan located his first electric stop light at this busiest of intersections. And more than any other area of the city, Euclid and East 9th was the economic ground zero of one of the nation's largest and most important cities.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cleveland Trust Rotunda is truly one of the region's architectural treasures. With its 61' foot Tiffany glass dome and inlaid marble floors, it has rarely been open to the public since the merger of Ameritrust Bank with what was then called Society Bank.
The exhibit is sponsored by The Richard E. Jacobs Group, owner of the former Cleveland Trust and Ameritrust headquarters buildings. After the success and popularity of opening the Rotunda during last year's holiday season, the decision to again provide public access again this year is the result of frequent requests for tours.
“So many people love this building,” said Douglas Miller, the Jacobs Group's vice president of office management and leasing. “Lovers of architecture, history, and even people who as children used to go there to deposit their pennies; they enjoy again experiencing an important part of Cleveland history and we are pleased to once again make this possible during the holiday season.”
The exhibit will be open during the first three weekends of December from noon to 6 p.m. each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A number of concerts and other events will also be scheduled during the exhibit's public hours.
Photographs for the exhibit were obtained through the assistance and excellent cooperation of the Cleveland Public Library's Photographic Collections; Cleveland State University Library's Special Collections Department, The Library of Congress' American Memory Collection, and from private collections.
Jacobs Group contact: William Fullington (216) 231-7905