Tinnerman Steel Range Company, Cleveland, OH
Historic Tax Credit Consultant
Building Area: 75,496 SF
Total Project Cost: $18,343,492
Federal Historic Tax Credit; $3,228,004
Ohio Historic Tax Credit: $1,696,947
The Tinnerman Steel Range Company was instrumental in the development and transition from cast iron stoves to steel ranges. The former factory building where steel ranges were manufactured was also home to the 1923 invention and manufacture of the Speednut, a locking nut that revolutionized assembly of metal parts for the automobile, shipping, railroad, aircraft and military industries and is still in use today. Historic Preservation Group documented the building’s historic significance in an individual National Register nomination and wrote the federal and state historic tax credit applications for the rehabilitation and conversion to Tinnerman Lofts, a 51-unit market-rate apartment building.
The building exterior was completely rehabilitated with the reinstatement masonry window openings and the historic first-floor fenestration on the Fulton elevation, restoration of original wood windows, and replication of clerestory and industrial windows. At the rear of the property, a non-historic loading dock was removed, and the area expanded and enclosed for an indoor parking garage adjacent to outdoor parking.
The interior features a central, two-story lobby with expansive windows, exposed structure, a new stair and catwalk, and curated public art that fills the space. In addition to the wall-mounted art, commissioned pieces are used to divide the lobby space and provide lighting. Corridors and other amenity spaces also feature a variety of wall-mounted art, some commissioned specifically for the installation location. Exposed timber and steel framing remain exposed in most areas on the interior as does the terrazzo and concrete lobby floor.
The Tinnerman Lofts project received the 2021 Award of Design Excellence from the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland.