CLEVELAND (February 28, 2000)
Greyhound Lines, Inc. will celebrate the restoration of its historic terminal in downtown Cleveland on Thursday, March 2.
"It is the best example of Streamline Moderne design in the country," said Frank E. Wrenick, a member of the Society of Commercial Archaeology, the oldest national organization devoted to the artifacts, structure, signs and symbols of the 20th-century commercial landscape.
Craig Lentzsch, president and CEO of Greyhound, said that the recent restoration was the largest project of its kind in Greyhound's 85-year history, with nearly $5 million spent on the top-to-bottom rehabilitation.
"We are proud to restore this landmark," Lentzsch said. "While retaining the original themes, we have modernized every feature, both for customer convenience and for easier working conditions for our employees."
Built in 1948, the architectural treasure revels in its nostalgic look, with many original design elements captured in the renovated interior. Now, the terminal is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the exterior of the building the neon sign glows once again, complete with a clock and the trademark running dog. Inside the building, the original gold and white diamond-pattern terrazzo floor has been restored. Also, a new cafeteria and restrooms on the main floor have been installed, along with the transformation of the former second floor mezzanine into a 19-room driver dormitory.
The reopening ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 1465 Chester Avenue in downtown Cleveland. The event will include remarks by Lentzsch, tours and refreshments. To set the mood, guests are invited to wear clothing from the 1940s. A plaque will be presented by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office to recognize Greyhound for restoring the building to its original design.
The Cleveland terminal operates 49 schedules daily, with the most popular daily routes to New York, Columbus, Cincinnati and Chicago.
Greyhound Lines, Inc., is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,700 destinations with 20,000 daily departures across the continent. The company also provides package and courier express service, charter and tour services and food service at certain terminals.
In the U.S., for fare and schedule information call (800) 229-9424 or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.com.
In Canada, for fare and schedule information call 1-800-661-8747 or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.ca.
If you would like a photo e-mailed of the Cleveland terminal, please contact Lindley Whisenant at lwhisen@greyhound .com.