2216 Lee Road (1985)


This simple, two story commercial structure represents what has come to be called "adaptive reuse," a process by which older, sometimes ordinary structures undergo useful and pleasing transformations. In this example, with simple exterior additions - pedimented second-story enrichment, storefront awnings, and, the north facade, glass greenhouse enclosures in former lightwells - the owners of this 1920s building, Fred Toguchi Associates, architects, have demonstrated the utility of adapting old structures to new uses.


The architectural offices on the second story feature a creative restructuring of interior space. Originally two apartments, the area was gutted and reorganized into offices, conference rooms, work stations, even a kitchen. The area is brightly illuminated with skylights and glass partitions, and adorned with simple plants and paint. By such designs as this will the character of Cleveland Heights be simultaneously preserved and enhanced.