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Identification

200 Public Square
BP Tower, Standard Oil of Ohio Building, SOHIO Building, BP America Building
121711

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
postmodernism

Usages

commercial office
restaurant mercantile

Facts

  • BP Tower replaced one of the first high-rises on Public Square, the Williamson Building.
  • In addition to the Cuyahoga and Williamson Buildings, the five buildings demolished on the site were: Otis Block, Thompson Block (formerly Haroy's Block), and branch buildings of Broadview Savings & Loan, Women's Federal Savings & Loan, and Transohio.
  • The First National Bank Building had been demolished prior to the time of the BP development.
  • Cleveland City Council would not permit the height of the building to exceed that of the Terminal Tower.
  • Similar restrictions upon new towers exceeding the height of an American city's tallest or most recognizable landmark previously existed in Philadelphia until the late 1980s and currently exist in the nation's capital Washington, DC.
  • The building's design, lacking substantial narrowing from base to crown, reflects the developer's attempt to maximize rentable floor area while remaining within the height constraints imposed at the time by Cleveland City Council.

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Location

200 Public Square
44114
Downtown
Gateway
Cleveland
Ohio
U.S.A.

Technical Data

658.01 ft
658.01 ft
658.01 ft
45
1982
1985
36
757

Involved Companies

construction company, developer, foundation company, general contractor, owner, property management, tenant
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