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Property Name Westerly Apartments
Reference Number 13000841
State Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Town Lakewood
Street Address 14300 Detroit Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/27/2013
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The Westerly Apartments are considered to be of local and statewide significance under Criterion A, within the area of significance of Social History; and locally significant under Criterion C, within the area of significance of Architecture. The property meets Criterion A because it is a precedent-setting community-wide effort to provide affordable multi-unit housing for the elderly combined with a community center to provide various services to this age group in Lakewood, Ohio. These goals were achieved through the first use in Ohio and one of the earliest nationally, of the U. S. Housing and Urban Development Section 202 initiative. The Westerly Apartments meets Criterion C because it is a fine example of Modernist, International style, design that flourished in the early post-WWII period and that successfully meets its social service objectives. The Westerly Apartments merits Criterion Consideration G because it is the earliest known use of Modernist architectural and planning principles for low-income housing for the elderly in the greater Cleveland area. Although built over a 12-year span, all three high-rise structures follow closely the precedent of the first in their Modernist style. It represents the work of an established Cleveland architectural firm whose two early principals, Joseph L. Weinberg and Wallace G. Teare, came to the attention of the Museum of Modern Art in 1932 when it was mounting its pioneering exhibition on Modern architecture, titled The International Style, for their early Modernist designs for a public housing project. The firm has continued to do notable work in multi-unit high-rise residential buildings in Ohio and elsewhere in the northeast with special emphasis on housing for the elderly.


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