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Terminal Tower Observation Deck

The Terminal Tower observation deck on the 42nd Floor has been closed to visitors since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. This summer it has opened on a limited basis.

The Terminal Tower is, of course, located on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. It is celebrating it's 80th birthday.

Happy 80th Birthday to the Terminal Tower

The Terminal Tower was the second-tallest building in the world when it was completed and stood as the tallest building in North America outside of New York City from its completion in 1930 until 1964.

Fun Facts:

  • The Terminal Tower was built in 1929
  • It has 52 stories
  • It has 560,000 square feet of floor space
  • It has 2,200 windows
  • It has 23 elevators
  • The elevator speed is 600' per minute

The observation floor was recently renovated as part of a $40 million makeover. Stephen Bir, General Manager for Forest City Enterprises, said "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. 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."

We couldn't agree more. Enjoy these photos and video taken from the 42nd floor observation deck on July 23, 2010.




200 Public Square - BP Building from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

200 Public Square (formerly the BP Building)


Great Lakes Science Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Looking North to the Great Lakes Science Center and
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum


The Soldiers and Sailors Monument from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument


Key Tower from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Key Tower


Rainbow over Cleveland from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Rainbow over Cleveland


Cuyahoga River from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

The Crooked River - Cuyahoga


Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field


Cutahoga River Flats and bridges from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Working bridges in the Flats along the Cuyahoga River


Federal Courthouse from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Federal Courthouse


Boat maneuvering the crooked Cuyahoga River from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Boat maneuvering the crooked Cuyahoga River


2 Eastern quadrants of Public Square from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

2 Eastern quadrants of Public Square


Clevealnd Browns Stadium from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Cleveland Browns Stadium in the background


Northern quadrants of Public Square and Old Stone Church from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Northern quadrants of Public Square and Old Stone Church


Peace Memorial on the Mall and Lincoln Statue from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Peace Memorial on the Mall and Lincoln Statue


Terminal Tower Observation Deck sign from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Terminal Tower Observation Deck


Terminal Tower Observation Deck items from the Terminal Tower Observation Deck - photo by Dan Hanson

Terminal Tower Observation Deck items


Terminal Tower from the ground photo by Dan Hanson

Back on the ground



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