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VA Project to Resurrect Historic Apartment Entrances - Cont'd

 

Several early 20th century flat-type apartment buildings have been or will be demolished for this project.  But, prior to demolition salvage was carried out, saving the magnificent sandstone porches of the Magnolia and the grand pedimented Neoclassical entrances to two others within t he East Boulevard National Register historic district, a carved stone tablet from another building.  The stone entry from the Inverness will be salvaged prior to its demolition.  Steven McQuillin is serving as preservation consultant on the project.  Ryan Nagel conducted the historical research and documentation.  Ryan Donohue oversaw the salvage undertaken in the fall of 2007 in preparation for this project.  Foundation work on the garage has already started, with remaining construction set to begin shortly.

The medical office building has been scaled and detailed to complement its historic neighbor.  The massive parking garage has been located to the interior of the site and given a brick, cast stone and decorative screen facing to better harmonize with the neighborhood.  The domiciliary is scaled as a two and three story building fronting onto Rockefeller Park.  The salvaged entries will serve as gateways to landscaped courtyards between wings of the new structure and face onto East Boulevard in approximately their original locations.

Coordination is being carried out with the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and its East Boulevard Design Review Committee, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the VA's national historic preservation staff.  A series of plaques will provide descriptive and historical information about these salvaged elements and the neighborhood's history.


   


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