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One Cleveland Center
Known affectionately to Clevelanders as ‘the silver chisel’, One Cleveland Center is a glistening element of the city’s financial and business corridor lining East Ninth Street from Progressive Field to Lake Erie. The building offers exceptional views of both the city skyline and nearby Lake Erie. Its light coloration and shimmering surface offer a bright counterpoint to many of Cleveland’s older and darker stone and glass façades.
Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Hugh Stubbins and Associates, the sleek lines of this 31-story office tower rise to an overall height of 450 feet, from a geometrically inflected glazed lobby to a sharply chiseled top. The tower’s rhomboidal floor plan accentuates its angular appearance from all approaches. The building bears a striking resemblance to Citigroup Center of New York City, and uses similar diagonal structural trusses and building skin.
One Cleveland Center was completed in 1983, and was one of several structures of that era that fleshed out what remained of the original Erieview urban renewal district staked out by architect I. M. Pei in 1960. Also part of the Center complex are contiguous parking garage with upper-floor fitness center, its Forum Conference Center, and its five-story tall glass garden atrium. The Center also has a pedestrian tunnel link to Erieview Tower, across St. Clair Avenue.
Enclosing approximately 614,000 square feet, One Cleveland Center was developed by John W. Galbreath. It is now owned by Optima International LLC. One Cleveland Center is the fifth-tallest building in Cleveland, ranked just behind it nearby neighbor, Erieview Tower. Substantial renovations to the lobby, atrium and outdoor public areas of One Cleveland Center have been completed in recent years.