CAR social event October 1st

Cleveland Archival Roundtable Event

Tuesday October 1, 2013

6:00 to 8:00 pm

The Beck Center

17801 Detroit Avenue

Lakewood  OH  44107

Cleveland Artists Foundation Exhibition

Charles F. Schweinfurth: Uncompromising Architect of Cleveland’s Valiant Age

Please join the Cleveland Archival Roundtable on Tuesday October 1, 2013 for a tour of the Schweinfurth exhibition at the Beck Center followed by a casual social hour.

Charles F. Schweinfurth: Uncompromising Architect of Cleveland’s Valiant Age
September 6 – November 2, 2013

Curated by Anthony W. Hiti, AIA
Presented in partnership with Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland, in the last decades of the 19 achievement. During this period, Cleveland became one of the United States’ leading industrial centers and by 1900 was the seventh most populous city in the nation. This remarkable progress was led by the valiant efforts of men like Mather, Hanna, Wade, Stone, Swasey, Case, Chisolm, Rockefeller, and Severance. These merchant princes, through their vision, ingenuity, good fortune, and hard work, established the civic, cultural, and philanthropic foundations that live on in Cleveland to this day. One of the leading industrialists of this age was Sylvester T. Everett. To celebrate his status as a member of Cleveland’s new aristocracy, he chose to erect a mansion on Euclid Avenue that expressed his ambition and success. For his new Millionaire’s Row residence, he commissioned a twenty-seven year old New York architect, Charles Frederick Schweinfurth.

Charles Schweinfurth was born in 1856 in Auburn, NY to an architectural family. His father was trained as an architect in Germany and his three brothers were all practicing architects. He came to Cleveland in 1910 to design the first of 15 mansions he produced for “Millionaires’ Row” on Euclid Avenue. Notable Schweinfurth commissions include the Old Stone Church, the Shoreby Club, stone bridges of Martin Luther King Drive, Trinity Cathedral, and the Union Club of Cleveland.

The installation features photographs of Schweinfurth buildings (many now destroyed) and architectural plans as well as items from CPL’s Schweinfurth Collection including public park plans, plans for Schweinfurth’s own home, photographs, early student drawings, and additional artifacts. The exhibition will pay particular attention to “lost Schweinfurth,” as these buildings now outnumber those extant and well as highlighting the connection to area institutions and drawing on collections at these institutions such as Cleveland State University, the Western Reserve Historical Society, and Trinity Cathedral.

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·  Beck Center for the Arts

Parking is free behind the Beck Center


Please RSVP to Leslie Cade at or 216-707-2492


We are also planning to host the SAA webinar “Thinking Digital: A Practical Session to Help You Get Started” which is part of the Digital Archives Specialist curriculum and also provides 1 ARC for those who are certified archivists. Information and a date will be announced in the near future.


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