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Old 11-03-2012, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Columbus 'burbs
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Default What remains of Rockefeller's legacy?

First, please excuse me as I'm not a Cleveland resident nor have I ever lived in Cleveland. Much of what I know about the city's contemporary history comes from my run-ins with Cleveland emigrants or current Cleveland residents on a professional basis so I rarely get to ask this question:

What sort of legacy is visible in Cleveland of John D. Rockefeller having called the city home for much of his life and Stadard Oil Trust having been founded there? While Andrew Carnegie has manifold buildings with his name on them in his home of Pittsburgh including Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh it seems as though Rockefeller's legacy lives on in Chicago where he founded Chicago Univ. and NYC with Rockefeller Univ. and 30 Rockefeller Center. This seems odd to me when one considers the Rockefeller fortune is perhaps over $500 billion in today's terms (more than 10Xs Bill Gates) and only really rivaled by the Rothschild family.

In the least is the Rockefeller home a historic landmark in Cleveland? Are there any buildings which adorn his name? Any streets named after him?

Does Standard Oil have much of a legacy remaining in the Cleveland area?

Just a history buff with a case of curiosity trying to learn a little more about Ohio history. Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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Not a Clevelander, but this came to mind when reading your post: 200 Public Square - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Also, from here: John D. Rockefeller and Cleveland -- A Profile of John D. Rockefeller's contributions to Cleveland

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Although he moved to New York City (with his Standard Oil Company) in 1884, Rockefeller left his mark on Northeast Ohio in the many institutions he helped to fund. Among these are: In addition, Rockefeller left a portion of his Forest Hill estate to the the cities of East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights, which opened it as a park in 1942.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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- Forest Hills. Welcome to Forest Hill
- Rockefeller building at CWRU -- Department of Physics http://search.reel-scout.com/locatio...at=1046&style=
- Rockefeller building Downtown Cleveland @ W.6th http://www.emporis.com/building/rock...eveland-oh-usa

Most visible is Rockefeller Park and the Arcade.

This story is interesting http://www.rockarch.org/publications/resrep/rose2.pdf

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Old 11-04-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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His estate in East Cleveland burned down almost a century ago. His former property is now a nice park that is operated by Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland.

He's also buried in Lake View Cemetery, not too far away from this park.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Beachwood, OH
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You might take a look around this site for some information.

Welcome to Forest Hill

The Forest Hill subdivision that he created is still in existence (protected by deed covenants requiring maintenance and upkeep until 2029). It's a pretty cool pocket of houses, IMO. They occasionally have home tours for the city and I believe one of these houses is usually on the list. My wife went once and was amazed.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:39 AM
 
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Originally Posted by costello_musicman View Post

- Forest Hills. Welcome to Forest Hill
- Rockefeller building at CWRU -- Department of Physics CWRU Rockefeller Building - Reel-Scout
- Rockefeller building Downtown Cleveland @ W.6th Rockefeller Building | Buildings | EMPORIS

Most visible is Rockefeller Park and the Arcade.

This story is interesting http://www.rockarch.org/publications/resrep/rose2.pdf
Thanks for this Costello. Very interesting.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Columbus 'burbs
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Thanks to all.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:10 AM
 
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Originally Posted by costello_musicman View Post

- Forest Hills. Welcome to Forest Hill
- Rockefeller building at CWRU -- Department of Physics CWRU Rockefeller Building - Reel-Scout
- Rockefeller building Downtown Cleveland @ W.6th Rockefeller Building | Buildings | EMPORIS

Most visible is Rockefeller Park and the Arcade.

This story is interesting http://www.rockarch.org/publications/resrep/rose2.pdf
Well done. I have nothing more to add. 1884 is a long time ago and an individual's legacy tends to fade; that's quite a bit for someone who spent his most prosperous years elsewhere.
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:25 AM
 
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Cleveland Heights Historical Society - Places
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