Terminal Tower is an imposing 1920’s skyscraper that still dominates the Cleveland skyline. It is located on Public Square in downtown Cleveland in Ohio. Because of its age and history as well as its imposing stature in the city skyline, it has become a popular Cleveland landmark. Currently the Terminal Tower is part of the Tower City Center development.
Terminal Tower Profile
The Terminal Tower was built to be an office building on top of the city’s new railway station, the Cleveland Union Terminal. It was built to the tune of $179 million, which will amount to around $2.5 billion today. The building was originally planned to only stand 14 stories high. But it was eventually extended to reach a height of 708 feet or 216 meters with a total of 52 floors.
The building was constructed in 1926 and was completed in 1928. It opened two years before the entire Union Terminal complex was completed.
The Terminal Tower Features
The Terminal Tower was designed by the architectural firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. The design was modeled after the Beaux-Arts New York Municipal Building. It was considered the tallest building in the world outside of New York City until 1953. It went on to become the tallest building in North America outside of New York City until 1953.
The Terminal Tower is lit a golden color at nighttime. On special occasions, it can also be lit in seasonal colors. Lighting for the building is made possible by the use of a LED lighting system.