Alcazar Hotel (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)

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Alcazar Hotel
Cleveland Heights Landmark
The Alcazar Hotel, at the corner of Surrey Rd. and Derbyshire Rd.
Alcazar Hotel (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) is located in Ohio
Alcazar Hotel (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Location 2450 Derbyshire Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Coordinates 41°30′9.34″N 81°35′35.49″W / 41.5025944°N 81.5931917°W / 41.5025944; -81.5931917Coordinates: 41°30′9.34″N 81°35′35.49″W / 41.5025944°N 81.5931917°W / 41.5025944; -81.5931917
Built 1923
Architect Fischer & Jirouch and Harry Jeffery & Son[1]
Architectural style Spanish Colonial Revival, Moorish Revival[2]
NRHP Reference # 79001805[1]
Added to NRHP 17 April 1979[1]

The Alcazar Hotel is a historic building in the Cedar-Fairmount district of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The hotel was built in 1923 in the Spanish-Moorish style, based on hotels such as the Alcazar and Ponce de León in St. Augustine, Florida.[3] The interior courtyard, with a covered arcade, is decorated with colored glazed tiles and a central fountain. The architect was Harry T. Jeffery; sculpture, decorative plasterwork, and fountain was done by Fischer and Jirouch. Prominent guests included Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Mary Martin, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Lupe Velez and Johnny Weissmueller. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 17, 1979.[4] The Alcazar Hotel is also a Cleveland Heights Landmark.[2]

In 1963, the hotel was sold to Western Reserve Associates, and partially converted into a retirement home, with the remainder still used as a hotel. In September 2014, the Alcazar was purchased by Kirt Montlack Ltd. for $1.3 million.[5] The developer plans to eliminate the lodging units and convert the building to all apartments, with new kitchens and bathrooms. Interiors will be renovated and preserved. There are plans for a restaurant.[6]

Historic uses[edit]

  • Multiple Dwelling
  • Hotel


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. June 30, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Alcazar Hotel". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. May 25, 2003. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Alcazar Hotel". Cleveland Heights Historical Society. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ohio National Register Searchable Database". Ohio History Connection. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ McFee, Michelle Jarboe (September 27, 2014). "Historic Alcazar hotel in Cleveland Heights sold to apartment investor Kirt Montlack". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ Henke, James (January 9, 2015). "New owners plan to renovate historic Alcazar". Heights Observer. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 

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