The Cleveland Group Plan of 1903

Cleveland Board of Education Building

The Cleveland Board of Education Building was designed by the architectural firm of Walker and Weeks.  A six story example of Beaux-Arts style influenced by the Italian Renaissance, it has been extensively renovated interiorly, but retains its exterior integrity.  It continues as the administration building for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

In terms of artwork, the building is noted for the Holden Murals, painted by Cleveland artist Cora Holden in the main lobby.  With the subjects of "Progress of Education" and "Branches of Education" the panels each measure 12 by 16 feet. At the front entrance to the building (facing the Mall) is a statue of Abraham Lincoln by Max Kalish, financed by the pennies of Cleveland schoolchildren.  The text of the Gettysburg address is inscribed on the base.

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