The Coast Guard outgrew its starter home.
Cleveland architect J. Milton Dyer, also known for his work on Cleveland City Hall, designed these buildings in the art moderne style to resemble a Great Lakes cargo ship. This historic U.S. Coast Guard Station, operational from 1940 to 1976, was a base for search, rescue, and recovery. Built by the Albert M. Higley Company, it was heralded as “most beautiful in the nation,” and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The main building had quarters for officers, crew, and staff; a communications room, a recreation room, a mess hall, and a 60-foot lookout tower. The boat house had three slips, a maintenance space and workshop. The garage stands separate.
The Coast Guard moved to more modern facilities in 1976, deeding this property to the city in 1979. Beautiful but remote, it fell into disrepair. The fortress-like walls stood strong, but all else suffered from vandalism and the ravages of Cleveland weather.
Decades of activism, fundraising, and investment beautified the ruins and fortified the structures. This iconic facility built to house equipment used to rescue sailors, now houses equipment used to teach sailing.