Shaker Historical Society

We inspire people to engage in and celebrate the Shaker Heights story and its impact on the region… past, present, and future.


The Van Sweringen Legacy: Shaker Heights, The Rapid, & Terminal Tower tells the story of the city of Shaker Heights’ development and the life story of Oris Paxton and Mantis James Van Sweringen. 


These industrious and enterprising young men rose to fame and power in the early 1900s in Cleveland with only an 8th grade education. This exhibit explores their humble beginnings and the iconic Cleveland landmarks that resulted from their visionary leadership.


Featured in the Van Sweringen Gallery is a one-of-a-kind model of the Terminal Tower made for the Van Sweringens by their architects ‎Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. 52 stories of offices and the Van Sweringens' private in-town residence, The Greenbrier Suite, forever connect Shaker Heights to downtown by the Vans' other creation, the Shaker Rapid!

The Van Sweringen Legacy

Shaker Heights, The Rapid, & Terminal Tower