WEINBERG, JOSEPH LEWIS (12 Nov. 1890-14 Jan. 1977), architect who pioneered urban-renewal and slum-clearance efforts with his design of LAKEVIEW TERRACE (1934), was born in Omaha, Nebr. to Lewis and Mollie Lazar Weinberg and at 10 came to Cleveland to live at the JEWISH ORPHAN HOME after his father's death. When he was 15, he brought his mother to Cleveland and attended CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL while working as a lamplighter. After graduation from Harvard University in 1912, he trained in architects' offices in New York, Detroit, and Cleveland, where he worked for Walker & Weeks and J. MILTON DYER†. After a year in the Army Signal Corps during WORLD WAR I, Weinberg entered private practice in Cleveland in 1919. He was a partner from 1923-1930 in Morris & Weinberg. From 1928-41 he taught architecture at Western Reserve University and John Huntington Polytechnic Institute. During WORLD WAR II, he was the chief architect in the 5th construction zone for the U.S. Quartermaster Corp, 1941-42, and chief engineer at Holston Ordinance Works for the Kingsport Tennessee District Engineer Office, 1942-44. He was a planning consultant to the Cleveland Neighborhood Constr. Project, 1945-46. Weinberg was a partner in firms from 1946-77. His designs included portions of the interior of CLEVELAND CITY HALL and Lakeside Courthouse; Lakeview Terrace, 1934; Lakeview Towers, 1975; BELLEFAIRE, 1929; and the Community Chest Headquarters Bldg., 1957. Weinberg married Edith Lazarus in 1933 and had 2 children, Judith and Daniel.
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Joseph Weinberg Papers, WRHS.
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