Society for Savings Building

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Society for Savings Building

Society for Savings Building
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51dougw
Gahanna, United States30 contributions
Worth walking through
Aug 2018 • Couples
If you’re walking past Public Square, it’s worth your time to bop in this well preserved gem from another era. The walls and ceilings are impressive. A highlight is the collection of piggy banks, some dating back to the 1800’s. Take 15 minutes and stroll through.
Written August 8, 2018
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Kala127
Cleveland, OH65 contributions
The Way a Bank Used to Look
Aug 2016
I love to take people into this building. The outside is a massive, pink tinged building, that has walls that are thick and look like a fortress. It faces public square but even thought it has the first electrified outdoor lamp, which is extremely ornate, attached to the front, people walk by either because of intimidation or fear it is a private building. When you enter your senses are overwhelmed by the breath and scope of this operational bank. The ceilings are glass and etched, the benches along the wall are carved with leather seats, the murals on the wall and the ornate counters can overwhelm. Sun pours through the large windows and transport you back a hundred years. If you go straight back there is a glass case with the Gund foundation penny banks of old. Open during banking hours and worth walking in. It's free!!!
Written August 22, 2016
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carly5
New York City, NY88 contributions
Stunning Historic Building to Explore
Apr 2016 • Friends
If you're attracted to classic architecture, urban history, beautiful stained glass and early streetlights, you'll love the undeservedly overlooked Society National Bank Building. One of Cleveland's first skyscrapers, it's on the National Register of Historic Places, and was the city's tallest building (10 stories) until 1896. The well-known architects were Burnham and Root, of Chicago.

It's recently been extensively restored and renovated. The 26-foot high main banking room has a preserved stained-glass Arts & Crafts skylight, interior walkways, and murals by William Crane. Fascinating historic exhibits in glass cases tell the story of banking and some Cleveland background, dating back to the building's 1889 beginning. The entire indoor space is distinctive and beautiful, in whatever direction you look or walk.

The exterior is exceptionally handsome, too. At the building's SW corner is Cleveland's first electric streetlight, its glass basket hanging from a wrought-iron vine. (Even if you don't go inside, the streetlight is a worthy photo op on its own.) At the edge of the downtown business district (Rockwell Ave. at Ontario St), it's connected to the Key Tower and Marriott, and easily findable though not on a major street. I stumbled on it with a friend during a conference at the Marriott, while looking for an exit that would keep us out of the cold for a little longer. I'm glad the April weather was so brutal that day -- otherwise, we'd have been outdoors and never wandered into the memorable Society National Bank Building. (It may be open only during normal banking hours.)
Written May 24, 2016
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