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Rose Building (Cleveland, Ohio)

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Medical Mutual of Ohio Corporate Headquarters
Former namesRose Building
General information
Location2060 East Ninth Street Cleveland, Ohio 44115 United States
Construction started1901
Roof50.29 m (165 ft)
Technical details
Floor count10
Design and construction
ArchitectGeorge Horatio Smith

The Rose Building is a 1902-built historic high-rise office building in Downtown Cleveland's Gateway District that stands 165 feet tall, 10 stories on the corner of Prospect Avenue and East Ninth Street at the very cusp of the city's Nine-Twelve District.[1] It is named after Cleveland businessman and charity founder Benjamin Rose. It is a designated city of Cleveland landmark.[2] The building is the current home of the Cleveland-based health insurance group Medical Mutual of Ohio.[3]


The floors are not the same measurement as we count ten floors today as the rule of thumb for ceiling height was different in the early 1900s. The superstructure literally follows the street grid pattern and appears to vanish into the distance as it runs parallel with its respective street facades. The Rose features wrought iron detailing on its lower floors and heavily decorated panels on the upper floors. When constructed, it was the largest office building in Ohio.[4]


It is worth noting that in 1902, the building was considered too far out of the Cleveland central business district and was projected to fail to obtain any tenants.[5] The building was able to retain tenants and still is occupied to the present day.[as of?] The building is a fine example of turn of the century architecture and continues to guard the much traversed street of Prospect Avenue.


  1. ^ "Rose Building, Cleveland -". Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  2. ^ "Rose Building". Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  3. ^ "Contact Medical Mutual". Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  4. ^ "ROSE, BENJAMIN". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History | Case Western Reserve University. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  5. ^ "Lower Prospect/Huron". Retrieved 2015-09-06.

Coordinates: 41°29′57″N 81°41′10″W / 41.49917°N 81.68611°W / 41.49917; -81.68611

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Rose Building (Cleveland, Ohio)
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