The Iconic Sterling Lindner Davis Christmas TreesDecember 23rd, 2012 Posted in Antiques and Vintage, Downtown
If you’ve spent any amount of time in Cleveland for the Christmas holiday season, no doubt you’ve heard of the spectacularly huge Sterling Lindner Davis Christmas trees of the downtown store. Although the store closed in 1968 (and the building was torn down to become a parking lot- one of the city of Cleveland’s poorer decisions), it is still legendary for its holiday decor.
The store moved into its 1215 Euclid Avenue building in 1909, where it remained until the ’68 closing. The tradition of the Christmas tree began in 1927.
Most of the trees stood between 50-60 feet. Amazing. Norway spruces were most often used.
They were the largest indoor trees in the country.
The decorating of the trees took “1000 yards of silver tinsel, 60 pounds of tinfoil icicles and 2500 ornaments.”*
Because fire regulations prohibited the practice of placing lights in the trees, they were lit with floodlights. To decorate the tree each year, it took 650 man-power hours!
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