23 Vintage of Photos of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Being Constructed

"Originally located at the Williamson Building on Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1914, the Fourth District Federal Reserve Bank soon outgrew its space. Starting in 1919, the architectural firm of Walker and Weeks, in consultation with bank officials, began drawing up plans for a new stand-alone building to be sited at the corner of Superior Avenue and East Sixth Street. In following the early twentieth century American Renaissance style, the building mimicked the architectural design of the adjacent Group Plan(1903), which is comprised of the city's major public edifices.

"In 1921, the firm of John Gill & Sons, contractors, began work on the building. Sitting on a foundation of pink granite, and clad in pinkish Georgia marble, the thirteen-story, 203-foot tall structure is reflective of the Art Deco sensibilities of the renowned sculptors and decorators who worked on its exteriors and interiors. Designed to reflect both safety and security, the building was also constructed to hold the world's largest bank vault door, which weighs one hundred short tons. Dedicated on August 23, 1923, the bank has since been accorded a designation on the National Register of Historic Places.

"These photographs document the construction of the building from the excavation of the site in 1921 to the completion of the structure in 1923; the pictures also provide intriguing snapshots of life in Cleveland in the early 1920s."

Photos and intro text courtesy of the Cleveland Memory Project

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Building is completely finished, blinds are evident in several windowslevels.
Building is completely finished, blinds are evident in several windowslevels.
Cars are shown parked in front of the site on Superior Avenue.
Cars are shown parked in front of the site on Superior Avenue.
Close-up of the work on the bank vault enclosure. Beginnings of the third-level construction.
Close-up of the work on the bank vault enclosure. Beginnings of the third-level construction.
Construction of one side of the bank vault enclosure. The enclosure runs from the SW corner and partway towards the NW corner of the site.
Construction of one side of the bank vault enclosure. The enclosure runs from the SW corner and partway towards the NW corner of the site.
Facade of Georgia marble covers the lowest level of the building on the Rockwell Avenue side and is partially finished on the East 6th Street side.
Facade of Georgia marble covers the lowest level of the building on the Rockwell Avenue side and is partially finished on the East 6th Street side.
Panoramic view of the building site. Metal framing is being installed on the far side of the site, along with other sub-floor materials.
Panoramic view of the building site. Metal framing is being installed on the far side of the site, along with other sub-floor materials.
Partial view of marble facade on the eastern side of the building, and full view of the marble facade on the northern side of the building.
Partial view of marble facade on the eastern side of the building, and full view of the marble facade on the northern side of the building.
Picture bears the inscription fireproofing. Several workers shown installing fireproofing panels in the sub-floor.
Picture bears the inscription fireproofing. Several workers shown installing fireproofing panels in the sub-floor.
Shows the walled temporary construction area between the Federal Reserve Bank Building and the commercial building to the east.
Shows the walled temporary construction area between the Federal Reserve Bank Building and the commercial building to the east.
The walkways around the site are quite visible, and reveal how machines and personnel are able to enter and move around the site.
The walkways around the site are quite visible, and reveal how machines and personnel are able to enter and move around the site.