In this 2006 interview, 87 year old Melvin Rose, son of Martin Rose, the founder of Rose Iron Works, discusses the company that his father founded in Cleveland in 1910 and that still exists in Cleveland. The Rose Iron Works company made many of the best decorative iron products for commercial and residential buildings in the City of Cleveland in the twentieth century, including the clock on the downtown Williamson Building, decorative screens at Severance Hall, and the decorative iron gates at the Van Sweringen Shaker Heights mansion. In the late 1920s, Martin Rose brought artist Paul Fehrer to Cleveland, and the company began thereafter to produce art-deco works that became some of the finest examples of this style in America. Mr. Rose recounts many personal stories about his life, as well as business stories about famous architects and other famous Clevelanders that did business with the company over the years.


Rose, Melvin (interviewee)


Yanoshik-Wing, Emma (interviewer)


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Document Type

Oral History


99 minutes

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