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Monday, August 29, 2011

Video: Hidden Terminal Tower

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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The Terminal Tower isn't all offices and malls, parking spots and chicken-like bites on toothpicks slung at Sakkio Japan. Hidden inside and rarely seen is an eight-room complex that, as the PD writes, looks "more like the inside of an English country manor than a city skyscraper. A wood-beamed, peaked ceiling, and oak paneling made from the trees of Sherwood Forest look nothing like the art deco clocks and gold-colored trim most visitors see when visiting the downtown landmark."

Tower City Archivist Drew Rolik recently brought in historians and other experts who fawn over old wood and crusty pictures to take a tour of the Greenbrier Suite, some of which is captured by Cleveland.com videos and pictures at this link.

Certainly worth your time, especially since Oris and Mantis Van Sweringen, two railroad magnates who dreamed up Cleveland's most iconic building, imagined Tower City as the "Capital of a New Trade Empire" when they set about construction in the 1920s. Now, it hosts hot dog eating contests and a $1 store. Probably not what the Brothers Van Sweringen had in mind.

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