Construction, 1930

Construction, 1930
The Cleveland Press caption for this 1930 photograph explains the significance of the word 'City' etched onto the portico of City Hall:

'So confident were Shaker Heights Village officials that the 1930 census would place the suburb in the city class, that when construction was begun on the new civic center at Lee road and Clayton boulevard in October, they instructed contractors to carve in the stone facade the inscription, City Hall of Shaker Heights, pictured above.'

Shaker Heights officially became a city in 1931. In Ohio, a village becomes a city when it has 5,000 residents. At the time of the 1920 census, Shaker only had a population of around 1,700.

Image Courtesy of Cleveland State University. Michael Schwartz Library. Division of Special Collections. Cleveland Press Collection.
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