Saint Luke's Manor

Cleveland, Ohio

Award Type: National Trust/HUD Award

The Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio was a thriving, close-knit community in the first half of the 20th century, and at its heart was Saint Luke’s Hospital.  Built in 1927, the 390,000 square-foot complex served the citizens of Cleveland and made major contributions to the city’s health-care industry.

However, the neighborhood deteriorated as many of its residents fled to the suburbs in the late 20th century, and Saint Luke’s was eventually abandoned.  The building remained empty for 12 years, and was repeatedly vandalized over the years as numerous development attempts stalled.  Finally, building owners Neighborhood Progress, Inc. found the partner it needed in Pennrose Properties, and together they set out to turn the building into affordable rental housing for seniors and office space for local non-profits. Saint Luke’s Manor is now anchoring a 20 acre revitalization effort in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood.

Financial support for the project came from the City of Cleveland, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the Ohio Department of Development, Enterprise Community Investment, and PNC Bank. The project also utilized both low income and federal and state historic tax credits.           

“Thanks to this innovative public-private partnership, Saint Luke’s is once again serving as a vital center of community life in Cleveland,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “The former hospital, once known for nurturing patients, is now fostering new life in the community.”