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Society National Bank

Cleveland, Ohio    map
Status: Complete

The Society Bank was Cleveland's first skyscraper, an outstanding example of the work of Burnham and Root. The ten-story building was completely rehabilitated involving extensive restoration of the exterior, banking hall, and mezzanine boardroom. Connecting existing floors to the bank's new adjoining 55-story tower, a new structural system capable of supporting required floor loadings was inserted within the outer stone bearing wall above the ground level. The original second floor was replaced with a large space frame that transfers loads from the six new columns to the original fourteen columns in the banking hall.