The rotunda building of the Cleveland Trust (Ameritrust) complex at East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue is yet another stunning interior in Cleveland's central business district. Constructed in 1905 and opened in 1908, the main feature of the rotunda building is the immense stained-glass dome which sits atop two mezzanine levels above the main banking floor. Contrary to popular belief, the dome is not a Tiffany glass piece although it does share similarities with the works of Tiffany Studios. Also of note are the murals on the upper mezzanine level - the artist of the murals, Francis Millet, lost his life on the Titanic.

The tower portion of the complex was constructed in 1971 - a design by noted Modernist, Marcel Breuer. Breuer also designed the northern addition to the Cleveland Museum of Art. The tower stands 383 feet/117 meters tall, with 28 stories. The facade is composed of granite and the tower's signature pre-formed concrete "bathtub" windows.

The complex was used for Cleveland Trust for many years, which eventually became Ameritrust Bank. In the late 1980s, Ameritrust had developed plans for a new headquarters on Public Square. The new headquarters was to be a 60+ story tower standing 1198 feet/365 meters, designed by the architectural firm Kohn, Pedersen and Fox. However, Ameritrust Bank was acquired by Cleveland-based Society Bank (now KeyBank). Not only was the new tower not constructed, the Cleveland Trust rotunda and tower were closed for use.

In the recent past, the rotunda has been opened for special events and displays. In 2003, the rotunda was the centerpiece of a stunning lighting display called LUMINOCITY, a project developed by Cleveland Public Art.

The complex was purchased by Cuyahoga County, with plans for converting the rotunda into part of a new administration complex. That plan was abandoned, and the rotunda and adjacent Cleveland Trust Tower will be part of a mixed-use complex including a hotel, residential units, and a new 13-story office building.

The exterior of the rotunda building at East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue. The Euclid Avenue facade of the rotunda building.
A detail view of the pediment located on the Euclid side of the rotunda building.
The exterior of the tower building on East Ninth Street. A view of the Cleveland Trust floor medallion, located directly under the center of the dome.
A view showing the mezzanine levels under the dome, as well as the Millet murals.
A view of the underside of the first mezzanine level, with exquisitely detailed support brackets.
A view of the stained glass dome.
A detail view of the stained glass dome.