Jeannine deNobel Love is an independent art historian focusing on American art and architecture from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. She holds a master’s degree in art history from Oberlin College and a certificate in business from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Love has worked at the Detroit Institute of Art’s department of twentieth century art, and served as the Director of the Intermuseum Conservation Association, a regional art conservation center in Ohio. She has published on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and his collaborators, on John LaFarge’s stained glass in Cleveland, and has contributed to The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art: Guide to the Collections.
Jeannine deNobel Love
CLEVELAND ARCHITECTURE, 1890-1930: BUILDING THE CITY BEAUTIFUL (2020)
This study looks at the architectural transformation of Cleveland during its “golden age”—roughly the period between post–Civil War reconstruction and World War I. By the early twentieth century, Cleveland, which would evolve into the fifth largest city in America, hoped to shed the gritty industrial image of its rapid-growth period and evolve into a city to match the political clout of its statesmen like John Hay and wealth of its business elites such as John D. Rockefeller. Encouraged by the spectacle and public response to the Beaux-Arts buildings of the Chicago World’s Exposition of 1893, the city embarked upon a grand scheme to construct new governmental and civic structures known as the Cleveland Plan of Grouping Public Buildings, one of the earliest and most complete City Beautiful planning schemes in the country. The success of this plan led to a spillover effect that prompted architects to design all manner of new public buildings with similar Beaux-Arts stylistic characteristics during the next three decades. With the group plan realized, civic leaders— with the goal of expanding the city’s cultural institutions to match the distinction of its civic center—established its counterpart in University Circle, creating a secondary group plan, the first cultural center in the country.