Robert P. Madison, a trailblazing Cleveland architect with a portfolio of landmark buildings to his credit, was feted this month with a landmark salute at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.
“I am honored beyond belief,” Madison said. “I rejoice in being here.”
The college’s In Tribute event in honor of Madison on January 7 drew nearly 200 well-wishers, including former U.S. Senator George Voinovich, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and CSU President Ronald M. Berkman.
A true pioneer, Madison was the first African American to receive an architectural degree in Ohio. In 1954, he founded Robert P. Madison International, the first black-owned architectural firm in the Midwest.
He was the local architect of record for many landmark Cleveland buildings, including First Energy Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He also designed CSU’s Science Research Building.
See CSU’s ENGAGED blog for more on the Madison tribute.