Architects and Architectural Firms


Cleveland’s creative leanings in architecture have reflected the conservatism characteristic of the City. Yet, there are many exceptional buildings within the city and its suburbs, and there has been superb preservation—some of the finest anywhere. In the same introduction, Ted Sande, AIA has said

“Cleveland’s buildings represent the full range of types one would expect to find in an American city shaped by industry and commerce over the past two centuries. …(It) has shaped its own special quality, a feisty mix of urban toughness and suburban gracefulness."

Helpful resources in addition to the AIA guides that show us the legacy are Eric Johannesen’s books: A Cleveland Legacy: The Architecture of Walker and Weeks and Cleveland Architecture 1876-1976. Cleveland, 1979, published by the Western Reserve Historical Society as well as Mary-Peale Schofield’s Landmark Architecture of Cleveland.

Some of the architects and firms responsible for the “look” of the city are:

Dyer, J Milton

Fleischman, Richard

Garfield, Abram

Hisaka, Don

Hubbell and Benes

Kelly, John Terence

Kohn, Robert D.

Little, Robert A.

Mack, Clarence

Madison, Robert P.

Morris, William B.

Schweinfurth, Charles F.

Small and Rowley

Toguchi, Fred

Van Dijk, Peter

Volpe, Paul

Walker and Weeks

Weinberg and Teare

Westlake, Paul