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History of the Building: Previous Tenants

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.


[i] Source: National Register of Historic Places application, August 8, 2002.                     
[ii] 1903 Cleveland Group Plan: http://www.clevelandmemory.org/groupplan/          
[iii] Source: National Register of Historic Places application, August 8, 2002. of public
[iv] Source: National Register of Historic Places application, August 8, 2002.