Charles Frederick Schweinfurth: Remembering a Giant in Cleveland Architecture 100 Years Later

One hundred years ago today, Charles Frederick Schweinfurth, Cleveland’s premier architect, died at his home after a two-year battle with cancer.  A century later, several of his most important structures continue to be used and appreciated daily by the public.  Perhaps lesser known is that his legacy also lives on at Cleveland Public Library in the form of a world-class architecture collection…

Greater Cleveland Roll of Honor, World War II

Roll of Honor, 2 pages of signatures of World War II Veterans

The Roll of Honor contains the names of Greater Cleveland men and women who served during World War II. In 1942, Cleveland Press Editor Louis B. Seltzer and Mayor Frank Lausche invited family and friends to register the names of their loved ones into four large volume sets. All branches of the U.S. military are represented. The book was dedicated on May…

Experiencing Renaissance Splendor

Mascarade à l’éléphant (Elephant). Brusselstapestry, unidentified atelier, c. 1575. Wool, silk, gold, and silver, 387 χ 670 cm. Photo: Scala/Art Resource from JSTOR Cleveland Public Library is an excellent resource for those who enjoy keeping up with all that is happening in the wonderful galleries of Cleveland Museum of Art. Take advantage of books in the Fine Arts collection to…

Hamilton at Cleveland Public Library

Oh, Alexander Hamilton When America sings for you Will they know what you overcame? Will they know you rewrote the game? The world will never be the same .. Source: Hamilton: An American Musical, lyrics from “Alexander Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda The Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical was performed in Cleveland from July 17 through August 26, 2018. Composer,…

Design & Preservation of Cleveland Buildings: A Tribute to Jim Gibans & Ted Sande 2018

Living in Cleveland became even better due to the intrepid work of architects Jim Gibans (1930-2018) and Ted Sande (1933-2018). Their professional life’s work was to design spaces for comfort, aesthetics, function, and preservation of cultural significance in the community. James “Jim” Gibans earned his master’s degree in Architecture from Yale in the 1950s. He was the principal partner of…

Mr. Sommer Speaks in Many Ways

Part of the mission of Cleveland Public Library is to cultivate a global perspective for our patrons, and former Special Collections Librarian Francis E. Sommer (1890 – 1978) contributed his astoundingly broad knowledge of foreign languages to help enrich our foreign language catalog. Mr. Sommer was fluent in 14 languages, had a speaking knowledge of 22 more, and had a…