In 1965 the opening of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's building at 1750 Euclid Avenue,
designed by renowned architect Edward Durell Stone,
was seen as a commitment to
the city, for even then almost all Jews in the area
lived in the eastern suburbs. The Plain Dealer picture on the
right shows the building's main
entrance on Euclid Avenue.
In July 2008, when the lower picture on the right was
many in the Jewish community were engaged in a vigorous
conversation on the question "Should a new Federation
headquarters be built downtown (a
commitment to the city), or in an eastern suburb such as
Beachwood (the center of the Jewish population and
near most Jewish agencies)?
Discussions ended September 11, 2008, when
Federation trustees approved retaining the 1750
Euclid Avenue building for meetings, with offices
for the president and the Community Relations staff,
and a move to
for operations. See our page that documents that decision.
Later that month Federation bought the headquarters of Lamson &
Sessions on Science Park Drive in
Beachwood, a building constructed in 1982. Extensive improvements began in 2009.
On August 2, 2010 all the staff moved in, leaving both downtown buildings unoccupied.
The next week
the new building was dedicated, named to
honor the Mandel brothers whose generous gift had
paid for its purchase and renovation.
The following month Federation offered the two
now-vacant downtown buildings rent free to the Cleveland
schools, an offer that they declined in 2011. In a
CJN story on September
7, 2012, Federation Board
Chair Michael D. Siegal was quoted "We are
considering multiple options for the future use of
the downtown buildings." Stories of a
possible sale to Clayco Realty, a company that
develops student housing, appeared in
Clayco's project was approved by the City Planning
Commission in 2014 and again in early 2015. It
includes apartments for students and
others, plus a parking structure on
Prospect Avenue. In June 2015 Federation sold 1750 Euclid and 1720 Euclid to Clayco for $3.6 million.
Demolition of 1750 Euclid began on
Tuesday December 15.
When I arrived at noon Thursday the building
had been reduced to rubble and the rubble had been sorted for removal for recycling or to landfills.
What had taken nearly two years to plan and build
had come down in two days.
Arnold Berger, Webkeeper
December 17, 2015