Originally built for the East Ohio Gas Company in 1915, it was one of the first buildings to employ first-class fireproof building techniques under the then-new Cleveland Building Code.[i] It was also the first private sector building constructed around Cleveland’s Mall, as part of the 1903 Group Plan.[ii] The two-story atrium originally included teller stations, service offices and a showroom for the latest in gas appliances. By 1927, East Ohio Gas Company was the largest natural gas distributing company in the world.[iii]
The local NBC TV and radio affiliates, KYC and WKYC, set up shop in the building from 1967 to 2001.[iv] The Mike Douglas show was filmed here for three years before moving to Philadelphia. Throughout NBC’s time in the building, it played host to a slew of public figures and celebrities. In this photo you can see fans crowded outside the building trying to catch a glimpse of Jimi Hendrix.