The octagonal rotunda. Photos seem to have been shot while building was in the process of decomposing. This whole scene reminds me of that photo, I think in LIFE magazine, of Gloria Swanson standing in an old NYC theater while it was being torn down.
The Cuyahoga County Criminal Court Building is a fine example of the Art Deco Style as interpreted in Cleveland during the late 1920s and 1930s. The interior contained a restrained, but elegant octagonal entrance rotunda. The building housed both the criminal courts and a jail, with an ingenious circulation pattern that maintained maximum security at the same time that it permitted efficient transfer from one to the other. This building was the scene of a number of highly publicized trials, including that of the Marilyn Sheppard murder case in 1954.