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Case School of Applied Science

The first four years of the School's existence was in the Case family's home on Rockwell Street in downtown Cleveland - often referred to as the Case homestead. Classes were held in the family house, while the chemistry and physics laboratories were on the second floor of the barn. Astronomical observations were made in the back yard where a transit was set up. Because Amasa Stone's gift to move Western Reserve College from Hudson to Cleveland in 1882 also included a provision for the purchase of land in the University Circle area for Case, it was only a matter of time before Case constructed a new college building on its new land and moved in 1885.
The Case Homestead, 1891
The barn at the Case Homestead, undated

Portrait of Leonard Case, Jr., founder and namesake of Case School of Applied Science.

An October 1886 letter urging the School's trustees to move Case back downtown after the devastating Case Main fire."...I respectfully and earnestly call your attention to the opportunity for rebuilding as near the heart of the city as would be dooming the Case School to carry a perpetual load of disadvantage, to rebuild upon the former site four miles from pretty much everything that a student wishes to personally inspect in the study of applied science."

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