The Heights Rockefeller Building (Mayfield
and Lee Roads)
The man who designed this commercial-residential
building was unique among architects. The dream of Andrew Thomas of New
York was to erase slums from the urban landscape; he devoted his career
to upgrading mass housing through such original concepts as the garden
apartment. When he undertook the Rockefeller Estates project, he was applying
his avant-garde ideas to create a planned community on a much higher socio-economic
scale than his work elsewhere.
The Heights Rockefeller Building, Arial
Intended as the gateway to the Rockefeller
Hills Village the building was completed in 1930 at an estimated cost
of $600,000. It provided convenient shopping and office facilities and
14 apartments for those not interested in purchasing the single-family
homes that would predominate in the Village.
The building was constructed of concrete, brick and tile with steel casement
windows. The style of the facade is Romanesque, freely interpreted in
the American manner. The central portion stands four stories high under
a peaked slate roof with hipped dormers. The entrance façade features
stone quoins and exposed beam design. There are shops at ground level
and twelve apartments plus offices upstairs. The old Cleveland Trust bank
office boasts a beautiful hand painted ceiling.