The 1999 Tour included the house at 4721 Franklin. When a tour-goer got to that house, you were handed a separate sheet with additional information. Within this were a few comments about the apartment building immediately to the west. Included was a statement that the apartment building was constructed for Henry Brooks, who had been the owner and occupant of 4721 Franklin. It further stated that the apartment building had been constructed in 1915. Neither of these statements are factual. It had been constructed in 1906 for a man named James Aitchison, who lived in a house directly behind it on West 48th. In fact, it had been originally known as the Aitchison Apartments. Henry Brooks had nothing whatsoever to do with the construction of this building. The building appears on 1911 and 1912 Sanborn fire insurance maps and on the 1912 Plat Book for that part of the city, all of which can be viewed at Cleveland Public Library and elsewhere. Claiming this building wasn't constructed until 1915 only demonstrates how no attempts were made to look at historic maps like these which showed the buildings. Claiming that the building was constructed for Henry Brooks only demonstrates how no attempts were made to look at historic property records, available at the County Archives (located only a handful of blocks from here).
Additionally, ads appeared in the local newspapers as soon as these apartments were ready for occupancy. Many showed an illustration of the building, but at least one used an actual photograph.
-- C. B.