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January 28, 2016

Namesakes - Frank Quail and the Quail Building

The Frank Adgate Quail Building was dedicated 5/22/1953 on the Case Institute of Technology campus. Its original occupants included the Building and Grounds Department on the first floor, the Gage Laboratory and Cleveland Regional Office of the Cleveland Ordnance District on the second floor, and Project Doan Brook and the Operations Research section of the Engineering Administration Department on the third floor. Located next to the New York Central Railroad tracks, the Quail Building was located where the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center indoor track now stands.

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Quail Building

Ground was broken for the new building in May, 1952. The Consulting Engineers were McGeorge-Hargett & Associates and the General Contractor was E. J. Benes & Company. The cost of the building was $300,000. Originally planned as a one-story building, this idea was changed early in the planning phase and it was constructed as a three-story building. The building was faced with red brick and had white stone trim.

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Portrait of Frank A. Quail

Frank Adgate Quail was born near Canonsburg, Pennsylvania 6/18/1865. He received the B.A. in 1887 from Washburn College and the LL.B. from University of Michigan in 1889. Quail was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1889. He became a Member of the Corporation of CIT in 1919 and became a Trustee and President of the Board of Trustees in 1924. He served Case as Chairman for 25 years until 1949; however, he continued his service as a trustee until 1959 when he was named an honorary trustee. He received the honorary doctor of humane letters from CIT in 1950.

Quail moved to Cleveland in 1889 when he entered into practice with his uncle, John M. Henderson. (Henderson had been President of the CIT Board of Trustees from 1899 until his death in 1924.) Their firm was later known as Henderson, Quail, Schneider and Peirce. Quail was president of the Cleveland Bar Association and vice president of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. He was a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and an organizer and trustee of Cleveland College. During World War I he was a member of the Board of Appeals of Selective Service.

In April 1956 the Case Computing Center was established. The IBM 650 computer was installed on the first floor in July. In early 1958 the Univac I was installed and the new quarters were officially dedicated 4/12/1958. The staff was headed by Raymond J. Nelson and Frederick Way, III. Computers were housed in Quail until Crawford Hall was constructed in 1968.

The University Archives moved into the third floor of Quail in 1974, taking over the space vacated by the University Press. The Archives stayed until 1996 when it was moved to the University West building (aka UCRC I or BioEnterprise). The other departments which also moved out near the end included Plant Services and Environmental Health and Safety.

Demolition of the Quail Building began in April 1996 and concluded in May, before commencement. The commencement ceremony was held in a large tent on the neighboring Van Horn Field 5/19/1996.

Frank A. Quail died 8/19/1961.

Posted by hxy2 at January 28, 2016 10:18 PM

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