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Peter B. Lewis bldg - photo Bob Perkoski

Here's something you won't find in Phoenix: A grand public mall flanked by Beaux Arts-style architectural gems built some 100 years ago. Stretching back to Daniel Burnham's grand Group Plan of 1903, the Cleveland skyline has been graced with epic structures boasting dignity, symmetry and grace. Complementing the historic architecture and design, today’s design and building community are looking at new ways to re-envision the city, from the redesign and update of Public Square to making connections from the city to the lakefront through green space and the proposed pedestrian bridge. 

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The swimming pool which will look cosmetically similar when finished

After cleanup and demolition, development group is ready to start Cleveland Athletic Club conversion

When Joe DiGeronimo first walked into the former Cleveland Athletic Club, he was shocked by the state of the historic property. The club was a shell of its once-thriving self, ravaged by water damage and years of severe neglect. Now he's at the helm of a $62 million renovation project to restore the building to its historic grandeur and turn it into apartments, retail, and office space.

Sue Wadden presenting Sherwin-Williams ColorMix

Cloudy with a chance of mermaids: Sherwin-Williams sets the tone with its Color of the Year

Before hunkering down to hibernate, redecorating may be in order—especially if your walls reflect those increasingly gray skies. Though gray has been popular for the past five or six years, the tide is turning, says Sherwin-Williams’ director of color marketing Sue Wadden, who recently announced that the vibrant blue Oceanside (SW 6496) is Color of the Year 2018.

ArcelorMittal near Steelyard Commons

Urban Hike: to water's edge

Fresh Water managing editor Erin O'Brien bids readers farewell with a good long walk along an offbeat path.

Alex Rindskopf owner of Strange Cycle

Motorcycle dreams part two: stranger wheels

In this — the second in an unexpected three-part series that takes a closer look at motorcycle dreams, Cleveland style — we meet a man who's jumped head first into the local custom bike scene in the strangest way.

Historic Franklin Ave

PHOTOS: the beauty is in the details

An image roundup of fascinating architectural details from Franklin Avenue's vintage and historic homes as captured by Fresh Water's managing photographer Bob Perkoski.
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Design + Build Founders

julie and shawn warren

julie and shawn warren

City: Lakewood
Meet Julie and Shawn Warren, founders of Erie Design, a family-owned and operated sign company in Lakewood.
todd pownell

todd pownell

City: MidTown
Meet Todd Pownell, owner of TAP by Todd Pownell, a designer jewelry firm in Midtown with a team of four.
fred geis

fred geis

City: Streetsboro
Meet Fred Geis, founder of Geis Companies, a northeast Ohio design/build company with 140 employees.
jeff battershell

jeff battershell

City: Lakewood
Meet Jeff Battershell, founder of Keepin’ it Fresh, an embroidered product company that focuses on water conservation and the brewery industry.
carolyn klosowsky

carolyn klosowsky

City: Lakewood
Meet Carolyn Klosowsky, co-founder of Frugal Fortune, a Lakewood shop with two employees that sells fine vintage and antiques, quality pre-owned, and handmade items. 
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