A Historic Building

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The Calfee Building is on the National Register of Historic places, because, as the organization notes:  the building is “associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history” and it “embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction.”

Designed by William Bunker Tubby, this building is valued for its significant architecture, as well as the role it played in Cleveland’s commerce from 1915-1952.  The building’s style is classified as Beaux Arts Classicism. According to the University of Michigan, buildings with this style of architecture are known for “their large and grandiose composition with an exuberance of detail and variety of stone finishes.”  This style is evident throughout The Calfee Building, including the exterior front doors, the various marble and stones throughout the beautifully restored two-story lobby and mezzanine, as well as the detail on the ceiling in these areas.