Rhodes Tower

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For the skyscraper in Columbus, Ohio, see Rhodes State Office Tower.
James A. Rhodes Tower
CSU Rhodes Tower.jpg
General information
Type Library and Staff Offices
Location 2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Construction started 1968
Completed 1971
Opening September 21, 1971
Cost $ 20 million
Owner Cleveland State University
Top floor 20
Design and construction
Architect Rode, Guenther, and Bonebrake

The James A. Rhodes Tower (formerly University Tower) is a 21-story, 373-foot skyscraper in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is owned by Cleveland State University. It is the second-tallest educational-purposed building in the United States (behind the Cathedral of Learning.) It currently houses the university's main library on the first four floors and administration offices for many of the university's academic departments on the upper level floors. It previously held classrooms on the first two floors. It is the tallest structure on the Cleveland State campus, followed by Fenn Tower. The tower was named after former Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes

CSU Rhodes Tower was built between 1968-71. The Brutalist structure was designed by the Cleveland architectural firm of Rode, Guenther, and Bonebrake.[1] It was built at a cost of $20,000,000. It is a steel structure, clad in white precast concrete panels. When the tower was built, there was controversy over floors shifting; the shifting was caused by bad bolt fasteners imported from Japan. These bolts had to be replaced with bolts made in the US. On September 21, 1971 Rhodes Tower opened for university use. The Rhodes Tower is CSU's focal point and it opens the Downtown Cleveland skyline to the east. In 2005, CSU placed signs on the top of the tower.

In December 2011, CSU officials announced plans to mothball portions of the building due to the prohibitive cost of renovation, including asbestos abatement.[2]

See also[edit]


  • Toman, James. Cleveland's Changing Skyline. 1984 Cleveland Landmark Press

Coordinates: 41°30′11.4″N 81°40′32.2″W / 41.503167°N 81.675611°W / 41.503167; -81.675611