This week's edition of fresh water features my story on some of the hippest places to work in Cleveland.
I am not an envious person. Sure, I love me some cool stuff, but I do not begrudge others their baubles and bangles. Walking through these offices, however, I inflated with one wistful sigh after another. These repurposed spaces combine art with function and modern flair with vintage style. Cleveland history haunts every hallway.
The buildings I stepped into for this article delighted and amazed me. You might even say I was intoxicated by the tours. Here's a few pix of the spaces, their interiors, exteriors and details. There's plenty more tagged pictures within the article.
Confidential to Clevelanders: Larsen Architects occupies the space that housed the Marius, where your humble hostess bussed tables at the tender age of 15 in 1980. The continental restaurant was part of the once-famed Lake Shore Hotel.
The Tower Press Building and the Artcraft Building were originally constructed as part of Cleveland's garment district, where the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) staged significant strikes in the early 1900's. Your humble hostess's great grandmother, Emily Krial Doubler, was a card carrying member of that Union.