About Rhodes Tower
The James A. Rhodes Tower (formerly University Tower) is a 21-story 373-foot, skyscraper in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is owned by Cleveland State University. It currently houses the university's main library on the first four floors and administration offices for many of the university's academic departments on the upper level floors. It previously held classrooms on the first two floors. It is the tallest structure on the Cleveland State campus, followed by Fenn Tower. The tower was named after former Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes CSU Rhodes Tower was built between 1968-71. The Brutalist structure was designed by the Cleveland architectural firm of Rode, Guenther, and Bonebrake. It was built at a cost of $20,000,000. It is a steel structure. The tower is clad in white precast concrete panels. When the tower was built, there was controversy over floors shifting, this shifting was caused by bad bolt fasteners imported from Japan. These bolts had to be replaced with bolts made in the US. On September 21, 1971 Rhodes Tower opened for university use. The Rhodes Tower is CSU's focal point and it opens the Downtown Cleveland skyline to the east.