Standard Building

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Standard Building
Standard Building.jpg
Former names Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers' Bank Building, Engineers' Bank Building, Standard Bank Building
General information
Type Office
Location 1370 Ontario Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 United States
Construction started 1923
Completed 1925
Owner Weston, Inc.
Roof 85.96 m (282 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 21
Design and construction
Architect Knox & Elliott
Buildings in Downtown Cleveland, as seen from the intersection of West 3rd Street and St. Clair Avenue
Building detail facing St. Clair Avenue

The Standard Building, (originally the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Cooperative National Bank Building and later the Standard Bank Building[1]), is a high-rise office tower located at the southwest corner of Ontario Street and St. Clair Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Rising to a height of 282 feet (86 meters),[2] the Standard Building was the second tallest building in Cleveland when it was completed in 1925. Three of its four sides are clad in cream-colored terra cotta with a recurring starburst motif. The south face, which can be seen from Public Square, is unadorned and windowless. It was designed by Knox and Elliot architects, and was built for $7 million.[3] It was built by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen who owned the building until 2014, when it was sold to Weston, Inc.[4]


During the Great Depression, Standard Bank ran into financial difficulties and was sold by the BLE. It merged with two other Cleveland banks in 1930, forming Standard Trust Bank. This bank subsequently failed in 1931 and its assets were liquidated.[5] From World War II through the 1960s, the bank lobby served as an indoctrination center for draftees.[1] In the 1940s the building housed Cleveland College, a downtown campus of Western Reserve University, and was the last building of that campus.[6]

To the east, across Ontario Street, is the Marriott at Key Center, built on the site of the landmark Engineers Building, which the BLE sold in 1988 for development, moving into the Standard Building.[7] To the north, across St. Clair Avenue, is the Cuyahoga County Justice Center. The Old Stone Church abuts its south side.

Currently it is the 21st highest building in Cleveland. It was designated a Cleveland Landmark in 1979.[8] In 2007, the boundary[9] of the Euclid Avenue Historic District was increased[10] to include the building, among other structures. In 2014, it was purchased by Weston, Inc. for $3.9 million, and as of January 2017 is being converted into an apartment building.[11]

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  1. ^ a b Herrick, Clay (1986). Cleveland Landmarks. Landmarks Publishing Company. pp. 156–157. 
  2. ^ Standard Building. Emporis. Retrieved on 2007-10-21.
  3. ^ Rose, William Ganson (1950). Cleveland: The Making of a City. World Publishing Company. p. 832. 
  4. ^ Jarboe, Michelle (July 1, 2014). "Standard Building fetches $3.9 million in sale to Weston, Inc. for apartment conversion". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Standard Trust". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Standard Building". Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  7. ^ "BLE History". Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  8. ^ "Standard Building". Cleveland Designated Landmarks. Cleveland Landmarks Commission. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  9. ^ "State Board Recommends Seven Ohio Nominations To The National Register Of Historic Places". Ohio Historical Society. April 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  10. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  11. ^ Jarboe, Michelle (June 30, 2014). "Standard Building near Public Square will become apartments, after sale to Weston, Inc.". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 

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Coordinates: 41°30′2.98″N 81°41′43.47″W / 41.5008278°N 81.6954083°W / 41.5008278; -81.6954083