Photos: A Tour of the Near-Vacant Union Trust Building Before Renovation Starts This Fall

The 925 Building is the most underutilized historic building in the state of Ohio.

That sentence best summarizes the long-running interest developer Tom Mignona, the vice president of the Millennia Co., has in what's now called The Centennial. In early April, Mignona hyped up the soon-to-start makeover of the former Union Trust headquarters/Huntington Building. The build, slated to begin this fall, will be tremendously difficult and lengthy, with a price-tag of around $500 million.

Besides a dire activation of the East 9th-Euclid Ave. intersection's final vacant building, there will be a combined 584 units of market-rate and "workforce" housing, an upscale restaurant, a luxury hotel, an auto museum, a cocktail lounge-situated-in-a-bank-vault (you get the idea).

Millennia took Scene on a tour of the first three floors, and the 21st floor ballroom, to get a taste of what could be rejuvenated come 2027. And what grandeur once existed and might again.
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The south section of 925's first floor will most likely become The Centennial's main restaurant, in a style akin to the Marble Room further down Euclid Avenue.
Mark Oprea
The south section of 925's first floor will most likely become The Centennial's main restaurant, in a style akin to the Marble Room further down Euclid Avenue.
The northernmost part of the atrium is slated to become a historical car museum.
Mark Oprea
The northernmost part of the atrium is slated to become a historical car museum.
925's Corinthian columns extend to highlight one of the murals by Jules Guerin, an artist who also painted similar murals at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Mark Oprea
925's Corinthian columns extend to highlight one of the murals by Jules Guerin, an artist who also painted similar murals at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The building's northern lobby, which runs parallel to Chester Avenue, extends 304 feet. It was also once home to Steamship Row, a conglomeration of travel agencies known to book a huge percentage of Clevelaners' overseas travels.
Mark Oprea
The building's northern lobby, which runs parallel to Chester Avenue, extends 304 feet. It was also once home to Steamship Row, a conglomeration of travel agencies known to book a huge percentage of Clevelaners' overseas travels.
Original office decals are relics of the lobby's past usage.
Mark Oprea
Original office decals are relics of the lobby's past usage.
The lobby's Corinthian columns, designed by a Chicago-based architectural group called Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, will be restored in the coming renovation.
Mark Oprea
The lobby's Corinthian columns, designed by a Chicago-based architectural group called Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, will be restored in the coming renovation.
A room in the Executive area of 925 on the building's third floor, which will be a part of The Centennial's luxury hotel.
Mark Oprea
A room in the Executive area of 925 on the building's third floor, which will be a part of The Centennial's luxury hotel.
Though 925 is for the most part vacant, save for Huntington Bank on its first floor, its chief of security has witnessed a handful of attempted break-ins.
Mark Oprea
Though 925 is for the most part vacant, save for Huntington Bank on its first floor, its chief of security has witnessed a handful of attempted break-ins.
The main hall of 925's Executive Suite.
Mark Oprea
The main hall of 925's Executive Suite.
An entrance to the former Executive Suite, which will most likely become a check-in area for the future hotel.
Mark Oprea
An entrance to the former Executive Suite, which will most likely become a check-in area for the future hotel.
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