The Leader Building, located at Superior Ave. and East 6th St. in downtown Cleveland, was designed by Charles Adams Platt and erected in 1913 for the now-defunct Cleveland News.
When construction was completed, Architectural Record stated, “Cleveland is to be congratulated upon the possession of one of the handsomest and most distinguished buildings in the country.”
A very strange but striking medallion element in the lobby:
The kind gentleman at the front desk told me that some of the interior fixtures were the work of Tiffany Studios.
Oddly, the exterior ornamentation includes baskets of flowers:
Charles Adams Platt was born into a wealthy NYC family, where he practiced as an artist, landscape designer, and architect. Initially trained in etching, he went on to design residences for high-profile society members such as Edith Rockefeller McCormick, Sara Delano Roosevelt and Vincent Astor, as well as the Freer Gallery in Washington DC and academic buildings for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Connecticut College, Deerfield Academy, and Phillips Academy.
Platt was largely self-taught. After travel and study in Europe, he earned prominence through his ability to reconceive classical form to fit the “American Renaissance” movement in the domestic and public architecture of his time. He passed away in 1933, twenty years after The Leader Building commission. Read more about his life here, and also check out some of his lovely etchings, like this one of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge in NYC: