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Cleveland Municipal School District, Lakeside Administration Building, Cleveland, Ohio
Situated on a constricted urban site of less than 2 acres, these rather unique paired structures currently house the administrative offices for health and social services of the Cleveland Municipal School District. The facility’s property at 1440 Lakeside Avenue is virtually consumed by structure, with no on-site parking and little in the way of landscaping or other site embellishment.
The rearward (southerly) seven-story structure is a fairly conventional office building, with a glass curtain-wall north face, partially fenestrated south face, and precast concrete east and west faces, rising atop first floor concrete columns. The reflective glass curtain-wall façade of the cubic volume of the office block rises behind a multi-story gray stuccoed sphere of 50-foot diameter. That sphere provides an imposing visual form along Lakeside Avenue just east of East 14th Street — especially as it is reflected in the office block’s glass façade. It is connected to the rear office block by an enclosed second-level pedestrian walkway.
This 136,000+ square foot pair of facilities was erected in 1973, and formerly served as the site of Lakeside Computer High School. The sphere originally housed the high school’s planetarium, but has since served merely as an auditorium. Substantial repair and renovation was undertaken by the School District in the mid-2000s, to make the structures suitable for continued occupancy and flexible use. See more at rickzworld.
Staffers within this office facility are responsible for the administration and coordination of all of the social and human services of the Cleveland Municipal School District.
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