Lyman Warren Cleveland Jr.
Lyman Warren Cleveland Jr. (February 22, 1890 - February 17, 1970) was a Philadelphia Interior Decorator/Designer working in the Philadelphia
area from about 1915 to 1960. He specialized in the Interior design of upscale residences and Hotel Lobbies.
Lyman Cleveland circa 1960
Years Active: 1915 - 1960
Occupaion: Interior Designer
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Office and residence at 2038 Locust Street Philadelphia (in 2016). Business name has been added - imprint from original lettering still exists.
Record from The American Contractor, (Journal Magazine) July 13,1922. 2038 Locust Street gets extensive renovations throughout. Record
indicates Brick and Marble facade, Roofing, Sheet Metal work and Painting. Design work was done by DeArmond, Ashmead & Bickley
Architecture and Landscape Architecture firm based in Philadelphia. All three associates were graduates of The University of Pennsylvania.
Lyman's address at this time is listed as the Witherspoon Building.
The exterior facade shown on left is believed to be
the still remaining Marble, Brick and Metal from this work in 1922.
Aviator Insignia from United States Air Service - 1917.
Advertisement in Hill School Yearbook 1929.
Philadelphia Union League
Witherspoon Building 1319-1323 Walnut St
Philadelphia circa 1901
In the 1920's Lyman marries Frances (Fay) Armiger, another center city Philadelphia resident. In 1929, Lyman and Fay have a son, Richard
(Dick) Armiger Cleveland. In 1931, Lyman senior passes, and shortly afterwards Lyman, Fay and Dick move into one of the upper units
of 2038 Locust Street.
Early in the 1930's Lyman joins the elite Philadelphia Union League
. The Lyman W Cleveland decorating
business continues, but in 1939 a pending sheriff's sale on 2038 Locust Street building appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer,
and subsequent notice of sale of the property from Bank to new owner appears in 1942. The exact reason for this turn of events is
unknown, but it is assumed to be business related, and perhaps with the country going into war time production, demand for Interior
Decorators my have dramatically decreased. The family moves a few blocks down to an apartment at 2218 Locust Street and Lyman is employed in
a few different management positions up to the end of the war in 1945.
After the war, the Interior Decorating business starts
up again in offices at 1411 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.
The family moves to Wynnewood PA around 1950, and the business eventually
moves to the Wynnewood house, and winds down as Lyman moves into retirement. Lyman Cleveland passes away on February 17, 1970.
In 1830, Lyman's great grandfather Civil War Veteran Elias Randall Cleveland, moved from New Hampshire to Somerville Massachusetts,
eventually settling in Melrose Massachusetts around 1880. Elias and his wife Mary had four children Lillian, George, Albert and
Lyman Warren Cleveland (Senior). Lyman Sr. married Estelle Marie Jenkins and had three children Lyman, Brenda and Cedric.
Cleveland's lived in Melrose and by all accounts comfortably, Lyman Senior's occupation in late 1800s to early 1900s was listed
as either Clerk or Manager, and later Decorator or Designer. About 1906 Lyman Senior and Estelle divorced, and Lyman Senior
moved to Philadelphia with Lyman and perhaps Brenda - Cedric remained with Estelle who remarried.
The exact reason for the move
to Philadelphia is unknown, but perhaps a new start after divorce, or for Lyman Senior to start a new Interior Decorator business.
Once settled in Philadelphia, Lyman being still of high school age attended Central High School, and finished school at Bordentown
Military Institute (Bordentown NJ). In 1909 he entered The University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1914 with a
degree in Fine Arts. The Penn yearbook indicates that he took a year off during his studies, and this may be due to death
of his brother Cedric in 1911. During these years, Lyman Senior is already established and working in Interior Design in Philadelphia.
Military Service and Career
Although not known exactly, Lyman looks to be working with his father Lyman Senior in Interior Design after graduation. Lyman enlists
for World War I service on September 25, 1917 and joins the United States Air Service
, serves in France and is discharged on August
15, 1919 where he returns to Philadelphia and rejoins the Lyman W Cleveland business.
In the early 1920's, the business of Lyman W
Cleveland, Interior Decorating and Design had been established in Philadelphia by Lyman Senior, and has it's office in the Witherspoon
in Center City Philadelphia. One area of the business that develops is design and decorating of upscale Hotels. An ongoing
relationship with United Hotels Company
has been established, and the business does Design and Decorating of both new and existing
Examples of the Hotel work are contained Lyman W. Cleveland Clippings
Early 1920's Lyman Senior purchased 2038
Locust Street in the Rittenhouse Square
area of Philadelphia. The building may have been purchased by the business. The building has
a street level bay window, and three upper level apartments. After extensive renovations, the Lyman W Cleveland business moves from
the Witherspoon Building to the street level unit, and the upper units periodically as family residence for Lyman.