Nottingham Historical Society
18326 St. Clair Rd. Cleveland, Ohio 44110
our schools, churches, and homes, there have been other public and
private buildings that have served (and continue to serve) our community.
We highlight a few for you now and encourage you to return to see
what other gems we may post in the future.
One of our
prized possessions is an early photo of Nottingham's Town Hall. This
uniquely shaped building was built during Nottingham's incorporated years and
continued to serve the community for approximately 50 years. It was
demolished in the late 1950's as it stood in Interstate 90's path. Take a
close look at this photo and note the vehicle parked curbside.
Inn, at Stop 127 1/2, gives us the flavor of what 185th Street was like in the
early 1900's. We are happy to have acquired this post card but would like
to know more about this establishment.
Cunningham Sanitarium with its five story pressurized ball, looks like it may
have been a prop from an old sci-fi movie. Its story may be more
interesting, however. In 1928 millionaire steel manufacturer, N.M. Timken
financed an experimental hospital on the site of his thirteen and one half acre
summer estate, supporting Dr. Cunningham’s theories on healing. The
enormous, five story, pressurized ball, provided an oxygen rich environment
believed to speed and facilitate healing for almost every disease. The
theory was not supported by the AMA and “Cunninghams’ Sanitarium” closed by
1934 . A conventional hospital used the facility for a short time.
In 1941, the Cleveland diocese purchased the property. In 1942 the
giant shell ball was dismantled and its 1,000 tons of
scrap went to support our troops.
The diocese has operated a youth center, an orphanage (St.
Joseph-On-The-Lake), and a retreat center on this site. Since 1947, St.
Joseph Christian Life Center has been the Diocese of Cleveland’s retreat
standing at18920 Nottingham Rd, is what was once Nottingham Hospital.
Owned and operated by Dr. C.J. Cannon and Mary Frances Conrad , this
facility proudly served this community for over 20 years, beginning in
1922. Visiting staff also included Drs. W.O. Jenks, J. H. Dempsey
and M.C. Davis. Records of this facility are part of the collection at
Case Western's Medical Collection.
Nottingham Historical Society is collecting images and ephemera from its past.
We cannot post all of our images but will periodically update our
web site. We need your help in acquiring images and information. We
need information and photos of stores, businesses, industrial settings, etc.
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