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Fenn Tower
Fenn Tower on Cleveland State's main campus
General information
Type Student Housing
Location 1983 East 24th Street
2401 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Construction started November 3, 1929
Completed 1929
Opening 1930
Cost $1.5 million
Owner Cleveland State University
Roof 81 m (266 ft)
Top floor 21
Technical details
Floor count 22
Lifts/elevators 5
Design and construction
Architect George B. Post & Sons
Main contractor Thompson-Starrett Company
National Town and Country Club
Fenn Tower is located in Cleveland
Fenn Tower
Location in Cleveland
Fenn Tower is located in Ohio
Fenn Tower
Location in Ohio
Fenn Tower is located in the United States
Fenn Tower
Location in the United States
Location 2401 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio
Area less than one acre
Built 1930
Built by Thompson-Starrett Co.
Architect George B. Post and Sons
Architectural style Art Deco
NRHP reference No. 03001102
Added to NRHP October 30, 2003

Fenn Tower is a 22-story skyscraper in Cleveland, Ohio. It is owned by Cleveland State University. It was built for the National Town and Country Club, but was only used for one event before closing. It was originally known as the National Town and Country Club before being sold. It was purchased by Fenn College in 1937 for $250,000. It is currently being used as student housing. It is the second tallest structure on the Cleveland State campus, second to Rhodes Tower. The tower was named after Sereno Peck Fenn (one of three principal founders of Sherwin-Williams), whom Fenn College was named after. Fenn Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the National Town and Country Club. It was originally furnished by Rorimer-Brooks Studios, Inc. Originally where the Fenn Gym and The Ellwood H. Fisher Swimming Pool were located, they were removed during the 2005 renovation.


Fenn started by offering night classes in the 1930s in engineering and its model was to specialize in low cost higher education. Fenn's first president was Dr. Cecil V. Thomas who was a well known academician and Ohio educator. In 1932, Fenn added business classes to the growing roster of student programs. The National Town and Country Club Building was supposed to house the gentleman's club for Greater Clevelanders who wanted a central location in which to hold club meetings and events. However, due to the stock market crash in 1929, the club was no longer solvent and the high rise building lay vacant until purchased by Fenn College in 1937 because of Fenn's need for more space. This meant that Fenn was only the third college in the United States to have a skyscraper on its academic campus (the others being the University of Pittsburgh and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia) and further gave Fenn a much more coveted Euclid Avenue downtown address. In 1940, Fenn became accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It is noteworthy that throughout its history Fenn never operated at a loss until 1963 when increasing financial pressures forced it into a deal to become part of the new public Cleveland State University.

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