Beginning, Saturday July 10th and continuing until Sunday, August 1st, the Terminal Tower Observation Deck will be open to the public for a limited time only. On Saturdays and Sundays in July, individuals will have the opportunity to go up into this magnificent Cleveland landmark and, once again, experience the breathtaking views of Downtown. Downtown Cleveland Alliance and Forest City have partnered to make this opening possible.
The Observation Deck will be open from 12:00p.m. until 4:00p.m. and general admission cost will be $5 per person with free admission for children 5 years of age and under. Tickets can be purchased at Guest Services in Tower City Center. The dates listed below are the weekends the Observation Deck will be open to the public.
· July 10th-11th
· July 17th-18th
· July 24th-25th
· July 31st-Aug 1st
Originally opened in 1929, Terminal Tower has been a Cleveland landmark for over 80 years. The Observation Deck sits on the 42nd floor of the Tower. After September 11th, the Observation Deck was closed and since then both the exterior and interior of the Tower has gone undergone numerous renovations. The rehabilitation began about 5 years ago with the exterior façade being repaired; the Observation Deck was one of the latter components of the rehabilitation, but in January of this year the work was completed.
The interior of the Observation Deck has been restored to resemble a more original period of the 1930’s and 40’s. After careful examination of old designs, photographs and newspaper clippings, the Tower today looks much like it did the day it opened, with many of the original features having been either restored or recreated. Checkered floors, exposed radiators, circular lights and railings in front of the windows, which create a sense that people are leaning over to look out from the Tower, are just some of the renovations that took place. They also upgraded their heating and cooling system to a more modern system and installed new eco-friendly windows and elevators throughout.
According to Stephen Bir, General Manager for Forest City Enterprises, “it was the right time to reopen the Observation Deck as many cities across the U.S. began to open up their observation decks again; it was only fitting that Cleveland do the same. Furthermore he added, “there is no other place downtown at this elevation that the public can go up and see everything from Lake Erie to the Cuyahoga River. “ Joe Marinucci, President and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance adds, “offering this destination for tourists and locals is our way of getting people to explore one of Cleveland’s greatest assets.”
“Although the Observation Deck will only be open for a limited engagement this summer, the hope is that we will be able to open it up for future times on a more regular occurrence,” says Bir.