Brunjes pursued the authorship of the stained glass dome as part of a larger thesis project aimed at documenting the complete history of the the Cleveland Trust site, starting with the original downtown plat laid down by Moses Cleaveland's surveyors in 1796.
But while Brunjes was pursuing the main focus of his thesis, he also found himself intrigued that Tiffany's involvement had never been verified.
He examined over 200 containers of Cleveland Trust and Ameritrust bank records at the Western Reserve Historical Society, including meeting minutes of the bank's board of directors from 1894 to 1971.
"If it had anything to do with the building construction or change, I looked through it," he said. "It took forever, or it felt like forever. You're going through entire years and not finding anything."
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