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BREUER / POST MORTEM
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 11:51.
On Friday August 31, 2007, while Air Show jets stalled out conversations and blasted ear drums, Susan Miller and I visited the “open house” at the Post designed Cleveland Trust Rotunda building which sits on the corner of Euclid and 9th next to the Marcel Breuer designed Cleveland Trust Tower in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Lee Trotter had announced this open house at the County Commissioners meeting the day before and the Dirty Dealer had carried the news a few days prior. I wondered, why is the County doing this?
As we approached on foot along torn up Euclid, there on the outside of the Rotunda Cuyahoga County had hung a dozen signs reading “BUILDING ON our Heritage”. There was no question now – this was a dog and pony show - with the public allured down into the drilled out safe deposit box vaults for photo ops.
Inside the Post there was an open ADA ramp through the Breuer - but there was a guard keeping the public from viewing the Breuer.
I asked Tom Ford, who was acting as a docent in what must have been a pre-existing small side “gallery” of the Post, who paid for the exhibition of photos of the Post construction?
Mr. Ford explained that he worked for the County and that the exhibition was County Administrator Lee Trotter’s idea. According to Mr. Ford, Mr. Trotter came up with the idea and sent Mr. Ford to the Western Reserve Historical Society to curate the exhibition, hire the copying of the photos, and mat the photos for the show. I asked Mr. Ford why there was not a tour through the Breuer also. Mr. Ford told me that from what he could tell (feel) in his county job, that “they” (county) were trying to keep the Breuer “quiet”, not stir up any “noise”.
I pointed out that the Breuer was probably a more significant piece of “heritage” than the Post. I also pointed this out to County paid videographer John Schick who was recording the Post for the County - I encouraged Mr. Schick to also film the Breuer.
Clearly there is an agenda here – or is it just that Mr. Trotter likes the Post and not the Breuer? This is your TAX DOLLARS at work....
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