Huntington Bank Building
The Huntington Bank Building (originally the Union Trust Building) is a high-rise office building on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. When the building was completed in 1924, it was the second largest building in the world in terms of floor space, with more than 30 acres (12 hectares) of floor space. It also included the world's largest bank lobby, which today remains among the largest in the world. The lobby features enormous marble Corinthian columns, barrel vaulted ceilings, and colorful murals by Jules Guerin.
The 289 foot (88 meters) tall building was designed by the firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, who were also responsible for the design of the Terminal Tower. It was renovated in 1975 under the direction of Cleveland architect Peter van Dijk, and again by Hines Properties in 1991. In June 2010 it was purchased for $18.5 million by Optima International, a Miami-based real estate investment firm led by Chaim Schochet and 2/3rd owned by the Privat Group, one of Ukraine's largest business and banking groups. Originally contemplating closing the building due to a very high vacancy rate, Chaim Chochet and Chip Marous proposed in September 2014 a $231 million renovation of the building into a mixed-used facility combining offices, apartments, condominiums and a boutique hotel.
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- Cleveland Plain Dealer: "The most important guy you've never heard of: Chaim Schochet, 25, builds downtown Cleveland empire" By Michelle Jarboe McFee February 04, 2012
- Crains's Cleveland Business: "Owner may close former Huntington Building if county locates HQ elsewhere"By JAY MILLER and STAN BULLARDJanuary 21, 2013
- Crain's Cleveland Business: "Former Huntington Building would be revamped as mixed-use development in $231 million project" By STAN BULLARD September 09, 2014