The Screw Factory building, now known as the Lake Erie Building at Templar Industrial Park, is home to many artists’ studios and hosts a wide variety of events, including open studios and Cleveland Handmade’s Last Minute Market in December. Among our ranks are ceramicists, enamel artists, decorative painters, glassworkers, painters, mixed media artists and much more. We encourage you to say hi to the neighbors if you happen to see their spaces open when you visit, you never know what you might find!
There are many ways to get to the building, and several ways into the building, which is quite large. First, how to find us…
Via public transit: take the RTA Red Line to the Triskett rapid station, or any bus that stops at Triskett (which is serviced by the #46 Rocky River-Westlake, the #70 Bunts-West 150, the #75X and the North Olmsted #83 West 130th bus lines). Exit on the Lakewood Heights Boulevard side.
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From the east side: take I-90 to W. 117th and head north (towards the lake). Turn left on Madison, and left on Clarence (you will see Bela Dubby coffeeshop at the corner). You can take Clarence all the way to the end (Bramley Rd, across from the Triskett RTA station) then turn left directly into the back parking lot. This entrance is open no matter what time of day. If visiting between 9-5 M-F, you can also turn left onto Athens and enter into the gate facing Madison Park.
From the west side: take your preferred route to Madison Avenue and follow the directions as above. If you are coming north on Warren (W. 150th), you can also turn right directly onto Athens at the Warren/Alger split.
A: Athens Ave. gate (open weekdays 9-5 and weekends for special events, etc)
B: Handicapped-accessible freight elevator near brick smokestack; there is also a set of stairs to the second floor next to this elevator
C: “Central Elevator” — the main entrance for artists
D: Back gate, always open 24-7, off Bramley (where Bramley and Clarence meet, next to Lakewood Hts. Blvd). Turn left and follow signs to Central Elevator.
Getting inside and to the second floor
For handicapped persons or those needing extra assistance, the elevator at “B” above has a ramp next to the loading dock. Go up the ramp past the maintenance department and wait inside the garage door.
If you don’t mind a short flight of stairs, there is a set of stairs next to the large freight elevator at “B.” Go through the door or garage door, you’ll see a set of stairs in front of you. We’re on the second floor. Turn right and walk down the hallway. There is also a new set of stairs to the second and third floor labeled Central Stairs, near Central Elevator.
The freight elevator located at “C,” labeled “Central Elevator” is where most artists go in and out.Press the up button until it comes to a stop on 3 (it can’t go any higher), walk left out the elevator and past the vintage cars to get to the third floor studios. Or, stop on the second floor. You’ll see a mark on the outside wall that says ‘stop here’ when the elevator comes to the correct spot on 2. When in doubt, ask!