A SURPRISE INSIDE...
Constructed in the 1920s for commercial use, the Chester Twelfth Building was an early addition to Cleveland’s booming central business district. As part of an urban renewal program in the 1970s, many of its historic neighbors were demolished to make way for office and apartment towers surrounding an outdoor commons. With the growing downtown resident base in recent years, the commons were reconfigured as a green pocket park and a social gathering space. As the South face of the park, the building was perfectly positioned for reinvestment.
Reimagined as a mixed-use property, the historic facades and street level retail space were maintained. The upper three floors of office suites were removed allowing for the construction of modern apartments. Open living spaces take advantage of the generous original window openings providing abundant natural light and views of the park. The central atrium is repurposed as an all-season roof deck that residents utilize for lounging and socialization. Its glass roof also provides additional natural light to the apartment interiors. The property was renamed The Seasons at Perk Park emphasizing its relationship with the park and its interior features including the atrium. Original artwork and custom details such as color-themed sliding doors reinforce the new identity and add to the experience of residents and visitors alike.
Beyond the environmental benefits of adaptive reuse, the project met or exceeded criteria in the City of Cleveland Green Building Standard (based on Enterprise Green Communities guidelines).