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T.W. GROGAN CO.

The T.W. GROGAN CO. was formed in June 1926 by Thomas William Grogan who visualized an opportunity for a progressive building management organization in Greater Cleveland. The small real-estate operation started by Grogan in a one-room office eventually managed more than 300 properties in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and New Jersey. T.W. Grogan had its main offices in the Hanna Building, which they had purchased from the Hanna family in 1958. During its history, the T.W. Grogan Company specialized in building management, financing, brokerage, mortgage loans, appraisals, and special services. In addition to several smaller properties throughout the Cleveland area and the rest of the country, some of the prominent and notable Cleveland landmark buildings managed at one time by the T.W. Grogan Company include the Hanna Building, the Euclid ARCADE, the Osborn Building, the Leader Building, the ROCKEFELLER BUILDING, the Carnegie Medical, the Bolton Square Hotel, and the Cedar-Glen Apartment buildings. In the prime of its later years, in addition to the Hanna and Osborn Buildings, the T.W. Grogan Company owned and managed several parking lots in downtown Cleveland, the Aurora Commons office building and shopping center in Aurora, and The Phelps Townhouse, a 140-unit exclusive downtown Cincinnati apartment complex. In March of its last year, 1999, management troubles led to sales of the Hanna Building, the Hanna Annex, and several surrounding properties to the PLAYHOUSE SQUARE Foundation. Additional sales of the Phelps Building and the Aurora Commons complex liquidated the last of the T.W. Grogan Company's holdings. On December 31, the T.W. Grogan Company ended all employment contracts.

Chet Walker

Kent State Univ.


T.W. Grogan Company Collection, Special Collections, Cleveland State University Library.