P. C. O'Brien Building, 801-813 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH
801-813 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS OH-2413
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N885).
Building/structure dates: 1905 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1914 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1995 demolished
Building/structure dates: 1916 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1924 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1934 subsequent work
Significance: The P. C. O'Brien (Standard Theatre) Building is significant for containing the oldest extant theater in Cleveland. Opened in 1914, the 700-seat Standard Theatre showed silent moving pictures to the accompaniment of a Wurlitzer Theatre Orchestra organ. The building, which once housed a diverse array of merchants, manufacturers, and service industries, is a good example of the Commercial Style. Featuring a simple but handsome pressed-brick facade and substantial mushroom columns, the building is also notable as the work of the Reaugh Construction Company, an important general contractor active in Cleveland during the early twentieth century.
Motion Picture Theaters
Sprackling, Adolphus E.
Vorce, Myron Bond
Reaugh Construction Company
Sprackling Engineering Company
Vorce Engineering Company
Thum, David M., Photographer
Tucker, Mort, Photographer
Miller, Carol Poh, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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