The Foundry's Rowing Center is located at 1831 Columbus Road in the Flats of downtown Cleveland. Once the site of the first Catholic Church in Cleveland, St. Mary's On-The-Flats, the facility is rich in a diverse history which can be seen throughout the space. Among some of the other organizations and businesses that inhabited the 65,000 square foot facility include: The Buchan Soap Company, The Donnelly Furnace, Purdy & McNeil Lumber, U.S. Bronze Company, The Foundry Equipment Company, The Pipeline Development Co., and The Cleveland Art Museum.
In 2015, it seemed The Foundry's historic complex would go the way that much of the Industrial Flats had, sliding into neglect and oblivion. Where once industry had built the city, now the city seemed to waste away, sitting on one of its most valuable resources- the Cuyahoga River.
Enter Mike Trebilcock, Chairman and CEO of MCPC, a technology consulting company based in Cleveland. Along with his wife, Gina, Trebilcock had a vision for the vacant property on Columbus Road. He wanted to build a new, nonprofit rowing facility that would be accessible for youth of all income levels in Cleveland through outreach programs, and which would also be a world-class rowing facility that would attract and breed national talent.
THE FOUNDRY TODAY
Currently, The Foundry On-The-River houses Four Teams in Residence. Its 65,000 square footprint has state-of-the-art indoor rowing tanks, the longest rowing docks in the world, the oldest tree in the city of Cleveland, a large courtyard capable of hosting 300 people & a building rich in history that has been given new life.
On a typical day, roughly 250 athletes and coaches cycle through the various training spaces on the grounds of the On-The-River location. The duration of their time is spent training in one of the various high-caliber spaces on-site, learning more about the sport, the environment, & themselves.
GETTING TO THE FOUNDRY
The address for The Foundry On-The-River is 1831 Columbus Road, Cleveland OH. It is located at the end of the Columbus Road Bridge in The Flats of Downtown Cleveland. A few landmarks near our On-the-River location:
Brick & Barrel
Cleveland's Bike Co-Op