Historic Fire Station - Now Police Academy and City Historic Landmark Building

Hi all!

I found a city historic landmark building (an old fire station no longer in use for that purpose) that is now a police academy classroom space (not used as emergency services but as non-K-12 school). Basically, I said "Oh, all of these separately seem like they are ineligible but.... also not?" I thought it was confusing (i.e., interesting) so I wanted to see what everyone here thinks. I'm including a link to the City Landmarks pdf/website that lists it as a historical landmark for y'all to see. It is entry #31.

I'm personally leaning toward "it's not worth the trouble," and I'm not that invested in nominating it overall. I can't be the only one who has ever had a question about stuff like this though, and I couldn't find anything on the forums so I thought I would toss it up here for others to see the conversation later.

Landmarks pfd file (entry #31): https://www.clevelandheights.gov/DocumentCenter/View/187


  • Shakananas-PGOShakananas-PGO Posts: 116 ✭✭

    If it is not the fire station anymore and has no physical signs, info boards, plaques etc that indicate it was once one I would not nominate it.

  • xLilPoundcake-PGOxLilPoundcake-PGO Posts: 92 ✭✭✭

    Thank you for getting back to me! I appreciate it. I won't move forward with this one then.

  • Elijustrying-INGElijustrying-ING Posts: 4,814 Ambassador


    I missed this post before….

    I think this is worth a submission. I like the fact that it appears in that landmark building book with lots of info on the building itself. The fact that it is now a training facility shouldn’t get in the way but will need careful wording. From google it looks as though there is an inscribed stone that might reflect its original use too.

    It’s the sort of place I would be interested to explore, and if it was in the U.K. I would vote positively

    @SeaprincessHNB-PGO this sounds like one for you. What do you think?

  • Leedle95-PGOLeedle95-PGO Posts: 497 ✭✭✭

    I agree with @Shakananas-PGO, it could be an interesting POI, but in the absence of any markers, plaques or signs, it will be a difficult nomination, particularly if reviewed by those not familiar with the place. The link to the online book was helpful, so definitely include that if you didn't already, but those aren’t things most people know about or look for (at least in the US, unless you are specifically into architecture). Cleveland Heights is relatively young as a city and its architecture is too compared to even many other US cities, so some may balk at the idea that something from the 1920’s is “historic” 🙂. That doesn’t mean don’t try again, just don’t temper your expectations.

  • SeaprincessHNB-PGOSeaprincessHNB-PGO Posts: 1,371 Ambassador

    I don't think I'd bother with this one. The document doesn't say that it's now a police training facility. So you'd have to supply 2 sources but reviewers aren't going to click on both.

    Plus, as a reviewer. I'd hesitate to accept a police training facility. I have no idea what that entails. Are they running drills to know how to **** at bad guys? Or is this a place where they hold classes directed at the community? If you could prove that the police teach community classes here, I'd vote favorably. And in that case, the history wouldn't matter, it would be eligible based on the current use.

  • xLilPoundcake-PGOxLilPoundcake-PGO Posts: 92 ✭✭✭

    Thank you so much, everyone! I think I may give it a shot just because I’m always willing to try once if I think something looks interesting. I really appreciate all of your insights and advice.

    It’s so interesting to me to see someone say 1920 isn’t historic! As an American, and especially as someone in Cleveland, I forget that the rest of the world has actual history that didn’t start with the Rockefellers. 😂

  • The26thDoctor-PGOThe26thDoctor-PGO Posts: 4,247 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Something from yesterday can be historic :)

    The rest of the world are just being snooty and antiqued if they say that to you.

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