Monday, March 26, 2007

AIA Cleveland: Preserve and Renovate

Almost missed this letter written to the Cleveland Free Times in the March 14th issue by Beth Kalapos, President of AIA Cleveland.

AIA Cleveland "urges the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners to preserve and renovate the Cleveland Trust (Ameritrust) Tower", suggests a feasibility study into the economic, environmental, and sustainable impacts of demolishing the tower, and encourages the County to engage the community in the decision-making process:

AIA Cleveland, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, urges the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners to preserve and renovate the Cleveland Trust (Ameritrust) Tower.

Furthermore, AIA Cleveland has publicly encouraged the commissioners, in a letter dated January 29, 2007, to undertake a comprehensive feasibility study of adaptively reusing the Breuer Tower for the new County Administration Center. This study must thoroughly analyze the overall project development costs to the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County and definitively justify the decisions made by the commissioners. In addition, the impact of demolishing the 29-story structure must be carefully considered from an economic, environmental and sustainability perspective. This study, coupled with a creative and transparent design process, will determine if and how the existing building can best meet the county's needs.

Most importantly, we urge the county to engage the community during the decision-making process so that all voices are heard on this major expenditure of public resources. AIA Cleveland stands ready to provide the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners with assistance and counsel in this most important matter, and we look forward to a constructive community dialogue on this issue.

Beth Ann Kalapos

President, AIA Cleveland

Because there has been an influx of new traffic to the Design Rag since the last post, listed below is an incomplete compilation of recent articles and discussion regarding the Cleveland Trust Tower (in no particular order):

The Design Rag
Taxpayers Against Breuer Tower Demolition
Poor Marcel Breuer.
Reviling the Buildings of Our Parents' Prime
SAVE the Cleveland Trust Tower
Historic Breuer Photographs
Ugly is Only Skin Deep
When "Ugly" Distracts - Cleveland Trust Tower

Farewell, Marcel - Metropolis Magazine
To Be or Not to Be - Angle Magazine
Art museum values style the County wants to junk - The Plain Dealer
Proposal to demolish Breuer-designed county office... - The Plain Dealer
County considers razing Breuer-designed Ameritrust Tower - The Plain Dealer
Point of no return - The Plain Dealer
Reuse, Restore, Renovate - Cleveland Free Times
King Cuyahoga - Cleveland Scene
Raze or Renovate? - GreenCityBlueLake
Tower Power - GreenCityBlueLake
Saving the Breuer Tower - GreenCityBlueLake
Steven Litt says County is going wrong way... - realneo
Commissioners pick architects for admin building - Crains Cleveland
Cleveland Trust Tower - Urban Ohio
A Public Forum on the Breuer Tower - CSU College of Urban Affairs
Breuer Building Forum; Bias Abounds - Improvised Schema
The Breuer - Speak Up If You Want to Save It - Improvised Schema
Breuer's Cleveland Building - Save or Demolish - Improvised Schema
Save the Cleveland Trust Tower - Blog on the City
When should we preserve old buildings? - TOI Studio
I can't go one day without... - TOI Studio
Irony. This is an example of irony - TOI Studio
At least reuse some of the dang thing! - TOI Studio
Cleveland Trust Tower -


Anonymous ahiti said...

Cuyahoga County Commissioners
to Discuss Fate of Breuer Tower

The Cuyahoga County Commissioners will be discussing the demolition of the Marcel Breuer designed Cleveland Trust (Ameritrust) Tower at it's next meeting at 11:30 AM on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners Chambers, 1219 Ontario Street, 4th Floor.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the meeting and express their views on this matter. If you cannot attend, please call or e-mail your position on this important matter directly to the Commissioners before Thursday's meeting. Their contact information is as follows:

Commissioner Jimmy Dimora
Phone (216) 443-7180

Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones
Phone (216) 443-7182

Commissioner Timothy F. Hagan
Phone (216) 443-7181

1:24 PM  

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