“Some legends are told… some turn to dust or to gold… but you will remember me… for centuries…”
Above Left: From “Architectural Reviewer” September 30, 1897 (courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection.) Above Right and Directly Below: From the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection
“Centuries” – Fall Out Boy (2014)
Top three photos taken October 17, 2014
He left his inspiring, and still enduring mark on this town… Charles Frederick Schweinfurth, born on September 3, 1856 in Auburn, New York– became one of the most preeminent architects in Cleveland, Ohio during the late 19th and early 20th Century.
Schweinfurth designed and lived in the building pictured above– a very modest, yet captivating castle-like home on E. 75th Street (Ingleside Avenue)– from 1894 until his death in November of 1919. He was the architect for at least 15 of the grand mansion residences on “millionaires’ row” that once populated Euclid Avenue and advanced Cleveland’s international reputation as “the showplace of America.” Most of these beautiful homes to the wealthy and high society power players of the time, today exist only in photographs.
Magnificent residential designs were but one of Charles Schweinfurth’s architectural contributions in helping “build” the City of Cleveland during the latter half of his life.
A few other surviving examples of the architect’s mastery include: Calvary Presbyterian Church, The Cuyahoga County Courthouse (with Lehman and Schmitt), and Trinity Cathedral, considered to be his finest accomplishment. He also designed bridges, including many that exist throughout the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, as well as several buildings which are now a part of Case-Western Reserve University.
This house on E. 75th Street, which utilizes “rustigated” Ohio sandstone, looks quite a bit different today, from when it was built. The structure hasn’t changed much, but over the years it’s surroundings have evolved. The street became a neighborhood. Other houses were built, and other streets were added. Decor was added to the exterior, and changed, and changed again. And many of the neighboring houses were eventually demolished. A designated Cleveland Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Schweinfurth house still remains.