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Peter B. Lewis Building

Designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry, the Peter B. Lewis Building's unique architectural features symbolize the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management's innovative approach to management education. Opened in 2002, the wavy, stainless-steel sheathed landmark takes its name from Peter B. Lewis, Chairman of the Progressive Insurance Company, whose vision and support made the building possible. Lewis had previously commissioned Gehry to design an iconic downtown lakefront skyscraper as a new headquarters for Progressive and a home for himself in Lyndhurst. Neither was built, and cost overruns threatened to nix the new Weatherhead project until Lewis followed his original gift with an even larger one. The building continues in its original purpose of providing workspaces and classrooms to Weatherhead School of Management's students and faculty. In 2018, the demolition of the adjacent former home of the Cleveland Institute of Art opened a parklike expanse to the west that provides a better vista of the building, which was previously difficult to see except from the streets that line its southern and eastern flanks.

Audio

How Technology Shapes Design Architect Richard Van Petten the role of technology in the design and construction of the Peter B. Lewis Building Source: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection
A Fitting Design Richard Baznik explains how the exterior of the Peter B. Lewis Building reflects the educational philosophy of the Weatherhead School of Management Source: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection
Interior Spaces Richard Baznik describes the interior spaces of the Peter B. Lewis Building Source: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

Images

Curved Brick Source: Mary Ann Sullivan
Entrance Source: Mary Ann Sullivan
Exterior Shapes Source: Mary Ann Sullivan
Interior Curves Source: Mary Ann Sullivan
Interior Spaces Source: Mary Ann Sullivan
South Side Source: Mary Ann Sullivan

Location

10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

Metadata

“Peter B. Lewis Building,” Cleveland Historical, accessed May 26, 2022, https://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/39.