Fries & Schuele Condos
If you are familiar with Cleveland's Near West Side neighborhood, Ohio City, you have most likely heard of Fries & Schuele Luxury Condominiums. Sitting at the heart of Market Square, these very special homes look out over the city or into the condominium's private courtyard. What makes this development so special is that the structure was converted to luxury condos from one of Cleveland's most historic department stores, Fries & Schuele. Old and new have been married by maintaining original details such as wood floors and trim, high ceilings, expansive windows and brick facade with a 24 hour gym, individual storage and attached heated parking. The units themselves boast, exposed duct work, original wood floors, all new electric, plumbing and HVAC, granite counters, S.S. appliances, in suite laundry and much more.
I have been selling these units for years and the biggest reason they continue to attract buyers is they simply provide the "whole package." They are affordable due to the tax abatement, low HOA fees, prices and special financing. The location is a leading Cleveland destination for locals and visitors alike. It provides a neighborhood atmosphere with day time attractions such as West Side Market, coffee shops, salons and clothing stores. At night an eclectic mix of area micro breweries such as Beir Markt, Flying Fig and Great Lakes Brewery are steps away from your door. You are a block from the rapid, down the street from highway access and across the bridge from Progressive Field, The Q and all of downtown. All of these amenities add up to a simple fact, if you are open to living outside of "downtown," Fries & Schuele Condominiums are a must on any condo tour. Contact me for more details!
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A History of the building courtesy of
The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
FRIES & SCHUELE CO., one of Cleveland's pioneer dry goods stores, was also the west side's oldest department store. The original company was founded in Apr. 1868 when Charles Fries and George Klein opened a dry goods store at 515 Pearl (W. 25th) St. Throughout its history, the department store occupied the same block across the street from the WEST SIDE MARKET, although it moved, expanded and renovated several times. Fries, Klein & Co. specialized in custom-made carpets, curtains, and draperies, becoming Fries, Klein & Hoover when Charles Hoover joined the venture. By 1879 both Klein and Hoover had died, and store clerk, Christian Schuele, became a partner in the newly named Fries & Schuele. As the store continued to expand and prosper, the company incorporated in 1909 and built a new 5-story building on the site. Its proximity to the new West Side Market House, which opened in 1912, greatly benefited the store, which offered a wide range of merchandise in addition to its profitable carpet and drapery installation business. In the mid-1920s the Fries family sold its interest in the store, but the descendants of Christian Schuele continued to operate the business. Although the company had 150 employees by 1968, within 10 years the store could no longer compete with discount stores, and many of its customers had moved to the suburbs. George Schuele, executive vice-president, closed the store on 13 Jan. 1979.
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