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Name: Fenimore C Bate

Birth/Established: 1857   Death/Dissolved: June 27, 1903

 


Biography:  
  Fenimore C. Bate was born in Cleveland. He first appears in the 1876-7 Cleveland City Directory as a draftsman working for architect Walter Blythe. In 1883, he was a draftsman and, the following year, an architect for the Cleveland Water Works Department. By 1885 he was in business for himself as an architect. He was the architect of numerous houses for the middle and upper middle classes as well as of commercial buildings at a time when Cleveland's population was booming. His works were well documented in the architectural journals of the time. Several significant examples of Bate-designed Queen Anne houses survive. These include the Schellentrager House (built 1893), 690 Lakeview Road; the Henry Trenkamp House (1894-5), 1905 East 89th Street; and the Latham Brightman House, now the Holmes County Historical Society (1901) in Millersburg, Ohio. His houses were built throughout Cleveland, northeast Ohio cities and towns, including Fremont and Toledo, and Indianapolis, Indiana. An article in the March 17, 1888 "Cleveland Town Topics" magazine said that Bate-designed homes "all show a refreshing departure from the stereotyped styles of a few years ago". He is best known as the architect of the Romanesque Revival-style Cleveland Grays Armory (1893), 1234 Bolivar Road. He was also a member of the Cleveland Grays.

Later in his career he designed more tenement or apartment buildings, a popular building type in turn-of-the-century Cleveland. Architect Edward E. Smith was a draftsman who worked for Fenimore Bate from 1889 until 1894. Throughout Bate's career he designed commercial and industrial buildings. The Megerth Block (1892-3), 8620 - 6 Cedar Avenue, and the addition to the Standard Lighting Building (1895), 4419-37 Perkins Avenue, are two extant commercial-industrial use buildings designed by Bate. He was also the architect of several hotels and hotel additions, though apparently none of those survive. There is an article in the September 22, 1900 issue of the "Interstate Architect" that states that Bate was injured in an accident in his office where he dropped a battery with acid striking him in the face and neck causing him temporary blindness. After a period of failing health, Fenimore Bate died on June 27, 1903 at the age of forty six of apoplexy at home in his New Amsterdam apartment. He was buried in Lake View Cemetery. He left his estate to his wife Helen, including property that he owned on East 20th Street occupied by the Fenimore Apartments. 

 

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Building Name Date Address Status
1880
Hamilton and Niagara
Buffalo
Demolished
1882
Broadway
Cleveland
Demolished
1882
2362 East 46th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1882
Wire Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1882
1427 West 57th Street
Cleveland
Standing
1882
Marquette Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1883
Cedar Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1883
3714 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1883

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Demolished
1883
1454 East 55th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1883
East 30th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1883
4411 Lakeside
Cleveland
Demolished
1883
3601 Clinton Avenue
Cleveland
Standing
1884
1944 Scranton Road
Cleveland
Demolished
1884
2684 and 2688 East 48th Place
Cleveland
Demolished
1884
2265 East 40th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1884
1444 East 55th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1885
2356-8 East 40th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1885
2304 Woodhill Road
Cleveland
Demolished
1885
3010 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1885
2054 East 83rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1885
1220 Marquette Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1885
2416 East 46th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1885
3503-9 Broadway
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
2402 East 46th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
2179 Ontario Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
1899 East 82nd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
2073-85 East 36th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
2483 East 40th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
8409 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
2422 East 46th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
1669 East 55th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
2426 East 46th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
2366 East 46th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1886
1685-95 East 55th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1887
2927 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1887
5817 Longfellow Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1887
4655 Hayes Road
Ravenna
Standing
1887
8109 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland
Standing
1887
2047 East 69th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
2388 East 37th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
5802 Longfellow Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
6900 Central Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
3224 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
2097 East 21st Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
5013-27 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
2910 Clinton Avenue
Cleveland
Standing
1888
8714 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
1903 East 82nd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
1940 East 82nd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
4901-15 Hamilton Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1888
1144 West 3rd Street
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Demolished
1889
21 Baldwin Street
Hudson
Standing
1889
1906 East 82nd Street
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Demolished
1889
3703-9 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
2573 East 79th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
2057 East 81st Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
1417 West 58th Street
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Standing
1889
1565 East 22nd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
1824 East 65th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
7909 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
2571 East 79th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
1772 East 12th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
2423-25 East 43rd Street
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Demolished
1889
1341 Chester Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
2633-5 East 40th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
7515 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
7901-7 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
2021 East 69th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
5612 Quincy Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
2022 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
5612 Quincy Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
1944 West 32nd Street
Cleveland
Standing
1889
2559 East 37th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
1617 Chester Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
2553-5 East 37th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
1817 East 63rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889
2575 East 79th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1889-90
2420 West 14th Street
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Standing
1890
1795 East 65th Street
Cleveland
Standing
1890
1846 East 63rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
5017 Perkins Avenue
Cleveland
Standing
1890
1307 - 13 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
4540 Commerce Avenue
Cleveland
Standing
1890
Hamilton and Kirtland
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
5013-27 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
1839 Dodge Court
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
500-2 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
225-01 Public Square and 201-25 West Superior
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
1515 Kenilworth Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
1856 East 63rd Street
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Demolished
1890
1793 East 65th Street
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Standing
1890
1833 Dodge Court
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Demolished
1890
635 East 105th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
3525 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
4802 Scovill Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
5305 Chester Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
410-18 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1890
5013-7 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1890-1
1468 West 10th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1890-1
2686 Lisbon
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
2389 East 43rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
5600 and 5604 Lexington Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
2088 East 89th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
4601 - 31 Perkins Avenue
Cleveland
Standing
1891
2577-9 East 40th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
2233 East 55th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
8504 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
2571-5 East 40th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
6719 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
8115 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
1810 East 63rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
2567-9 East 40th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
1835 East 63rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
7335 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1891
2337 East 55th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
1916 East 93rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
8420 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
1250 - 2 Ontario
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
5912 Utica
Cleveland
Standing
1892
2331-3 East 55th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
5916 Utica
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
1232 East 3rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
5914 Utica
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
1936 East 93rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
1916 East 84th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1892
5910 Utica
Cleveland
Standing
1892
2170-2 East 97th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1892-3
8620-6 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1893
631-51 W. Superior
Cleveland
Demolished
1893
1234 Bolivar Road
Cleveland
Standing
1893
4624 West Prospect
Mantua
Standing
1893
321 East 185th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1893
6900-18 Central Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1893
2061 East 89th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1893
7911 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1893
690 Lakeview Road
Cleveland
Standing
1893-6
352 North Market
Canton
Demolished
1894
1721 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1894
1882 East 20th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1894
2332-4 East 57th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1894
424 - 8 Central
Cleveland
Demolished
1894
2170-2 East 55th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1894
8504 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1894
8504 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1894-5
1905 East 89th Street
Cleveland
Standing
1895
3-story addition 4419-37 Perkins
Cleveland
Standing
1895
1773 East 55th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1895
1791 West 47th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1895
1297-9 West 4th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1895
8523-27 Hough Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1895
8520 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1896
2738 Noble Road
Cleveland Heights
Demolished
1897
623-633 Superior Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1897
1818 East 17th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1897
1851 East 20th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1897
810 Summit Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1897
7104 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1897
1863 East 20th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1897
714 Superior Avenue, NW
Cleveland
Demolished
1897
2708 Bridge Avenue
Cleveland
Standing
1897
1833 East 19th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1897-8
1818 East 17th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1898
6401 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1898
2433 East 43rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1898
1850 8 East 20th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1898
1431 West 57th Street
Cleveland
Standing
1898
2160 East 86th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1898
1737 East 12th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1898-9
1893 East 20th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1899
1221 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1899
213-21 Howe
Cleveland
Demolished
1899
1945 East 20th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1899
1933 East 20th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1899
575-83 Broadway
Cleveland
Demolished
1899
2915 Woodland & 2565 E. 29th
Cleveland
Demolished
1899
Cross Street near Erie
Cleveland
Demolished
1899
4502 Commerce
Cleveland
Standing
1899
1882 East 9th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1899-00
5363 Hamilton Avenue
Cleveland
Standing
1900
7515 LaGrange Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1900
1826 Idlewood
East Cleveland
Standing
1900
1894 East 20th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1900-1
1857-65 East 75th
Cleveland
Demolished
1901
1916 East 93rd Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1901
3523 - 27 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1901
484 Wooster Road
Millersburg
Standing
1901
12629 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland
Demolished
1901-2
1773 East 19th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1902
5363 Hamilton
Cleveland
Standing
1902
1845-53 East 75th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1902
3188 West 14th Street
Cleveland
Standing
1902
3523-37 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1902
340 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland
Standing
1902-3
6104-6 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland
Demolished
1902-3
1140 West 9th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1903
1464 East 90th Street
Cleveland
Demolished
1903
2298 Ashland Road
Cleveland
Standing

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Cleveland City Directories 1885 - 1902

Cleveland Town Topics 3.17.1888, p 9-10

Ohio Architect and Builder July 1903, p 9

Plain Dealer April 23, 1896


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