Willful Neglect of a Historic Building
+ Court Case + Casino
The Stanley Block Building, one of Cleveland's oldest buildings, is slated for the wrecking ball beginning this weekend, after the City of Cleveland decided its' time is up. Read more here. Hurricane Sandy is blamed for blowing off sections of the roof and allowing water to damage the structure. We believe the walls of the landmark are completely solid. Steve Coon, the owner of Coon Restoration & Sealants, Inc., a highly skilled company in restoration of landmarks, has recently completed work to stabilize the building. Mr. Coon did this work in good faith and the city's actions will deny him the opportunity to recoup what he is owed.
The ownership of the building is split among several parties, including the Maloof and Anters families and Rock Ohio Caesars LLC. They have different visions for the future of the building. The casino ownership wants the building to be demolished, seeing it only as an eyesore rather than a restoration project
waiting to happen. The city will use $400,000 of general fund monies to demolish the building, thus avoiding a review of the historic value of the structure which is required when federal funds are used. What a pity that the $400,000 is used to destroy Cleveland's heritage instead of rebuilding it. The amount of money spent on the building would no doubt solve the problem and guarantee the future of the Stanley Block.
The Stanley Block was constructed in 1874 and was once connected to the neighboring Mechanics Block, which was demolished in 1971. According to historian Clay Herrick, Jr. in his 1986 book, Cleveland Landmarks, the fourth floor ballroom "was the setting for many big social events around the turn of the century. Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton had her coming out party in this ballroom; she and her sister, Mrs. Dudley S. Blossom, attended many social functions here."
It is an important building and an important part of our history. CRS will ask the city to reconsider this decision. (Plain Dealer photo)
The Cleveland Restoration Society
is a Local Partner affiliate of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Founded in 1972, CRS uses the powerful tool of historic preservation to revitalize our diverse communities, strengthen the regional economy, and enhance the quality of life in northeastern Ohio.