The 925 Building
The former Huntington Bank Building
|Former names||Union Commerce Bank Building|
|Type||Office/Hotel/Retail/Residential (Mixed Use)|
|Location||925 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44115 United States|
|Roof||88.09 m (289 ft)|
|Floor area||over 1,000,000 sq. ft.|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Graham, Anderson, Probst & White|
The Centennial, formerly The 925 Building,  and Huntington Building, originally the Union Trust Building, is a high-rise office building on Euclid Avenue in the Nine-Twelve District of downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA. When the building was completed in 1924, it was the second largest building in the world in terms of floor space, with more than 30 acres (12 hectares) of floor space. It also included the world's largest bank lobby, which today remains among the largest in the world. The lobby features enormous marble Corinthian columns, barrel vaulted ceilings, and colorful murals by Jules Guerin.
Design and history
The 289 foot (88 meters) tall building was designed by the firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, who were also responsible for the design of the Terminal Tower. It was renovated in 1975 under the direction of Cleveland architect Peter van Dijk, and again by Hines Properties in 1991. The building features a rooftop ticket lobby and waiting room designed for dirigible flights to New York and Chicago; the roof was never utilized because of the high winds from Lake Erie. In June 2010 it was purchased for $18.5 million by Optima International, a Miami-based real estate investment firm led by Chaim Schochet and 2/3rd owned by the Privat Group, one of Ukraine's largest business and banking groups. Originally contemplating closing the building due to a very high vacancy rate, Chaim Chochet and Chip Marous proposed in September 2014 a $231 million renovation of the building into a mixed-used facility combining offices, apartments, condominiums and a boutique hotel. In June 2015, Terry Coyne, a commercial real estate broker from Newmark, negotiated the sale to Hudson Holdings LLC for $22 million. Hudson began a $280 million renovation of the building which will feature 550 apartments, a 300-room, high-end hotel, 200,000 square feet of retail, a banquet hall, conference space, and a lobby open to the public.
On May 4, 2018, Hudson sold the property to Cleveland-based The Millennia Companies. Millennia announced in November 2018 that project would henceforth be known as The Centennial, and that the company would spend roughly $270 million renovating the structure.
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