Louis Conrad Rosenberg: Etchings of the Cleveland Union Terminal

Louis Conrad Rosenberg was commissioned by the Van Sweringen brothers to produce etchings of the construction of the Cleveland Union Terminal, including sites, demolitions, and buildings.

Rosenberg's American, Cleveland Series consists of 22 dry point* prints, produced from 1928 to 1930 — all prints are signed by the artist and in original mats. View these images.

*Dry point is a printing process in which the lines are scratched directly into a metal plate with a needle. Unlike regular etching, no acid is used in the process. The burr, or rough edge raised by the needle, is usually left on the plate, producing a rich, velvety effect. Dürer, Rembrandt, Whistler, and Picasso are considered the greatest masters of the technique.


These images were made from a complete set of 22 prints owned by the CSU Library's Special Collections. Preparing these images and text was a practicum project by Ashley Madish, in the School of Information and Library Science at the Kent State University. The original purchase was made possible by a generous grant from the North American Railway Foundation.