Nicola Petti was an Italian-born architect who came to this country as a child. His education was characterized by a love of drawing pictures of houses, buildings, churches, airdomes, and terminals. He later worked in a carpenter shop and then in an architects office. After fifteen years as a clerk and errand boy he opened his own office. He designed a number of buildings in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood. He was also the architect of several theatres including the Variety, Kinsman, Imperial, Moreland, and Cedar Lee Theatres in greater Cleveland and theatres in Canton, Toledo, and Mansfield. He played string and woodwind instruments. He passed away at the age of forty-nine from pneumonia brought on by diabetes.
The following are abbreviations used throughout the database
AABN – American Architect and Builders News (1876 – 1909) bp – City of Cleveland Building Permits (1889 – present) cd – City Directories mps – Mary Peale Schofield files – Western Reserve Historical Society Inland – Inland Architect Intestate – Interstate Architect and Builder (1899 – 1902) nd – no date NRHP – National Register of Historic Places OAB – Ohio Architect and Builder (1903 – 1909) OAEB – Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder (1910 – 1919) ohi – Ohio Historical Inventory form PD – Plain Dealer