Town’s New Center
The stadium could have been adjacent to the new high school, but construction would have been far more costly. An Oct. 12th editorial stated: “While residents of the older section of the Heights may think this location as somewhere far out, it will soon be the center of the population, as the fastest growing section of the Heights now lies beyond it.” Cleveland Heights had grown in ten years from a population of 15,000 to approximately 45,000, and in 1928 (according to some sources) had the lowest tax rate of any city in the country.
The November ballot also included a $1 million bond issue for the expansion of school buildings. The City of Cleveland was urging a bond issue of $2.5 million for a stadium on the lakefront – a stadium to seat 75,000 to 85,000.
Yet despite much glowing commentary in the news media that reflected great confidence in the stadium issue, it again lost out in November 1928, not even claiming a majority of the voters. The school bond issues won easily and, soon after, its chief purposes were carried out – the construction of Monticello Junior High and the addition of ten rooms to the still very new Oxford School. A Shaker Heights school bond issue, primarily to finance construction of a new high school, was even more successful.
Tudor Complex Built
But meanwhile a whole Tudor complex was envisioned and constructed at South Taylor and Superior Park Drive. Built by the Roseman family, major property owners in the vicinity for many years beyond, the complex closely resembled the style of commercial/apartment complexes on East 140th Street in Cleveland, in Shaker Heights, Lakewood, and in Rocky River — all from the late ‘20s.
The Stadium Square real estate complex was planned in five sections. The fifth did not materialize as originally planned, but the two business/apartment blocks and apartment buildings facing each other on Superior Park were complete by September 1928, and all blended in with the late ‘20s English-style homes in the area. The only other large building on South Taylor was the public school, until the modified Tudor-style Cedar-Taylor Building was constructed in 1929.
The Stadium Square complex was clearly intended to set a “high-class” tone (as an October 1928 editorial inferred) for the section and was an “upwards of $2,000,000 investment.” The editorial also stated of this highly detailed and ambitious group of buildings: “…Mr. Roseman…at no time sacrificed quality. He has insisted upon quality in design as well as in materials. His buildings are artistic as well as useful. They are of a design fitting them to be part of a high-class residential section. The…buildings are a striking demonstration of the fact that beauty can be combined with utility. Their amazing commercial success [all stores and the over-100 apartments rented immediately] proves that such insistence upon architectural merit pays in dollars and cents as well.”
Apartments and Stores
Apartment building names were Morley Hall, Essex Court, Barclay Court, Essex Hall, Superior Park and Monroe. The eight stores to open that month were to include, according to a Heights Press article: “a large and well-equipped drug store, a wholesale and retail fruit store, a hardware store, a creamery, a delicatessen, a dry goods and gents furnishings store, a chain grocery store, a shoe repair shop and a radio store.”