Rehabilitate.

This award-winning project is a collaborative effort of CMB and David Pelligra Architects. The marketing agency TRIAD found a new home in this adaptively used industrial structure. Facilitating the building’s listing in the National Register, Chambers, Murphy & Burge prepared Falls Stamping and Welding for compliance with the federal rehabilitation and state historic tax credit requirements.

Falls Stamping

Before

Falls Stamping

After

Falls Stamping and Welding, built in 1928, is a one-story production shed or mill building type, with a partial basement. Sited on a rectangular lot, the building has an open rectangular plan with a double height central bay and is lit with clerestory windows along the north and south sides. The property retains significant integrity in terms of location, design, setting, materials and workmanship. This building is one of the last standing industrial buildings that remain along the Cuyahoga River and is representative of the city’s origination.

The simple, minimally decorated construction and open interiors are in keeping with typical industrial buildings of the period. Despite alterations to the exterior south wall, the building remains largely intact, possessing much of its design integrity and reflecting a sense of time and place as an industrial structure of the early 20th century.

Falls Stamping

Falls Stamping


This structure was built with a tall center crane bay and a skin of vertical cut brick and large steel sash windows. Visible in a period advertisement are a set of large folding or swinging doors on the front and side of the building. These large doors were intended to allow fabricated goods to be readily loaded onto trucks for delivery.

With its steel frame, heavy masonry walls were not needed to support the roof, so a “curtain wall” allowed for large expanses of glass to help illuminate work activities. The steel frame also allows for a large column-free interior production space, supported by the traveling crane used to move heavy materials along an assembly line and to load product onto trucks for distribution.

Services Provided:

  • Site/Building Evaluation
  • Schematic Design
  • Specifications
  • Historic Research & Building Chronology
  • Building Assessment
  • Preservation Planning
  • Materials Restoration
  • State and Local Preservation Programs
  • National Register of Historic Places Nomination
  • Historic Preservation Tax Credit Applications
  • Historic Preservation Certification / Tax Incentives