The Tower Press Building, Cleveland, Ohio
Fronting on Superior Street on the near East Side of Cleveland is the former Tower Press complex, recently restored and renovated into a mixed-use facility. Originally crafted by Robert Kohn and built in 1907, this complex was, in its day, an enlightened manufacturing facility for H. Black and Company Clothiers.
Bearing unusually rich Spanish Colonial styling of stucco, tile, red brick, and accents of cream, the facility has over the years borne the names of its primary tenants, such as Wooltex and the evangelical Tower Press. Sprawling along an entire city block, the facility's multi-story wings with hipped roofs are linked by a broad central linear wing. The saw-toothing of skylights over the manufacturing floors articulate the building's skyline, and illuminate the building's work spaces. The distinctive octagonal tower punctuates the u-shaped building plan with its sizable interior court.
Holding City landmark status, the Tower Press complex is an aesthetically pleasing composition of structures. But by the second decade of the 20th Century, the facility's utility as a garment manufactory had evaporated under advancing technology and increased competition. Soon the evangelical arm of the Jehovah's Witness faith, Tower Press, had taken over the facility for its publication operations. That use would also fade over the coming decades. The complex suffered extended vacancies and virtual abandonment by the early 1990s.
Soon thereafter the entire complex underwent a substantial renovation and repurposing, becoming a revitalized live/work facility, offering artist loft spaces and retail opportunities. The facilities hallmark tower has been modified to offer a unique Tower Suite with vistas of the city.
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