Robert N. Rains is an attorney-turned-real estate developer and a pioneer in the field of historic rehabilitation.
He and his partners are credited with spearheading the revitalization of downtown Cleveland, through the restoration of historic buildings that enriched the city by driving further investment and attracting new residents and businesses.
Mr. Rains’ was responsible for business, financial, governmental and developmental matters in over $130,000,000 of historic redevelopment including:
- W.H. Block building in downtown Indianapolis -163 high-end apartments and 139 indoor parking spaces
- Bridgeview Apartments in downtown Cleveland – 247 apartments, 15,000 square feet of commercial space and 220 indoor parking spaces
- Colonial and Euclid Arcades, currently called the 5th Street Arcades, in downtown Cleveland – mixed-use facility including a 175 room Residence Inn, 40,000 square feet of retail space and 120 indoor parking spaces
- Water Street Apartments and Condominiums in downtown Cleveland -101 residential units
- Perry Payne in downtown Cleveland – 93 residential units and 8,500 square feet of commercial space
- Grand Arcade in downtown Cleveland – 91 residential units and 13,000 square feet of commercial space
- Moreland Courts Condominiums in Shaker Heights, Ohio – $17,000,000 historic rehabilitation
- Cort Shoe Building in downtown Cleveland – 8,000 square feet of commercial space
Mr. Rains’ accomplishments have earned him a myriad of awards, including:
- Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Outstanding Civic Achievement
- Downtown Cleveland Partnership Downtown Development Award for Bridgeview Apartments
- The Cleveland Historical Society Preservation Award for Rehabilitation of Older Structures – Colonial & Euclid Arcades
- The Cleveland Historical Society Preservation Award for Achievement in Preservation
- Rudy Bruner Award for Excellence in the Urban Environment, a national honor
- Northern Ohio Live Awards of Achievement in Restoration
- American Institute of Architects’ Award for Exceptional Accomplishment
- Cleveland Restoration Society’s Award of Excellence
- Greater Cleveland Growth Association’s Downtown Achievement Award
Mr. Rains has served on the Board of the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation for over 20 years.
Mr. Rains is a graduate (Order of the Coif) of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, who prior to embarking on a real estate development career was an attorney with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler, concentrating in securities and real estate law.BACK TO OUR TEAM