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Key Tower

After Chicago we had a short stop in Cleveland. We arrived at the end of the afternoon and stayed until noon the next day. So we had an evening and a morning to explore the city.
Cleveland disappointed me a little. It had an atmosphere that I had expected in Detroit earlier. For me, the city had an atmosphere of decayed glory and unlike Detroit they had not yet found the élan to work enthusiastically on a new future. This is of course only a fleeting impression, because what can you say after one morning walk through the city.

Cleveland was founded in 1796 and grew into one of the largest cities in the USA in the 19th century. After the WW2, the decline followed when many migrated west, attracted by the milder climate.

One of the dominant skyscraper is the Key Tower, previously known as the Society Tower. The building was commissioned in 1991 and was designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates. It is a solid traditional design. Nice is the combination with the older red building next door, the Society for Savings Building from 1889. Designed by John Wellborn Root in a style with a combination of Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance architectural styles. It contains elements of each granite pillars, arched window frames and a red sandstone facade.
The lobbies of both buildings are integrated.

Fortunately there were a few interesting reflections available.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Key Tower – Street Reflection►
■ Picture 2: ◄ Key Tower and Society for Savings Building ►
■ Picture 3: ◄ Key Tower – Window Reflection ►

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