COLMAN, CHARLES CECIL (23 July 1890-13 July 1978), born Colman Schwarzenberg, left many landmarks in his native Cleveland as a practicing architect for 4 decades. The son of Ephraim A. Schwarzenberg and Mollie Colman, he graduated from CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL and studied architecture at Cornell Univ. and the Cleveland School of Art (see CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART). Following U.S. Army service during WORLD WAR I, he married Fanny Freedman in 1921. As a member of the local firm of Walker & Weeks in the 1920s, he designed the East Cleveland Public Library. His residential designs were well represented in the suburban developments of CLEVELAND HEIGHTS and SHAKER HEIGHTS, and his plans for the Neal Storage Co. on Detroit Ave. and the TELLING-BELLE VERNON CO. on Carnegie earned Colman awards from the CLEVELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. From 1935-43 he was the chief architectural supervisor for the Federal Housing Administration in northen Ohio. After WORLD WAR II, his plans fror drive-in theaters, represented locally by the Euclid Ave. Drive-In in Wickliffe, gained him an appointment as consultant in designing similar theaters for the Belgian govt. He also served as supervising architect under Eric Mendelsohn for PARK SYNAGOGUE. Colman retired from private practice in the 1960s. An avid stamp collector, he was also active in Cornell Univ. alumni affairs. He was survived by his wife, daughter Kip Bachman, and son John C.
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Colman Family Papers, WRHS.
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