Places

Significant and Interesting Places in Cleveland

Visitors are always amazed at the diverse and interesting architecture and venues in Cleveland.  Here are a few .

Battery Park. Built on the site of the historic Eveready Battery Co. plant, it is currently the largest housing development in the City of Cleveland and home of the Johnny Kilbane statue.

Betty Ott Talking Garden for the Blind. One of the few (and named one of the best) Gardens for the Blind features recorded messages at the entrance and at intervals along walkways to guide visitors through the garden.

Bohemian National Home. The Bohemian National Home is on the National Register of Historic Places and was where the first major declaration of cooperation between Czechs and Slovaks in the US to support an independent Czechoslovakia took place.  It also hosts the Czech Cultural Center of Sokol Greater Cleveland Museum.

Boulevard of 500 Flags The Boulevard of 500 Flags and the America Remembers 9-11 Memorial are inspiring tributes to veterans, police and fire and September 11, 2001.

Burnham Mall. The earliest and the most fully realized plan for a major city outside of Washington, D.C. The Mall remains one of the best extant examples of the City Beautiful Movement

Dr. Bob’s Home. During the 1930s, Robert Smith founded a support group for alcoholics at this house in Akron with his acquaintance Bill Wilson; it grew into Alcoholics Anonymous.

Cain Park.  The only “municipally owned and operated outdoor theatre of its kind in the United States.”

Cardinal Mindszenty Plaza. The leader of the Catholic Church in Hungary from 1945-1973 and uncompromising opponent of fascism and communism visited Cleveland in 1974.

Cozad-Bates House. Part of the Underground Railroad to help slaves get to Canada.

Dunham Tavern. The oldest building in Cleveland is now a museum that offer a glimpse of history and insight into the lifestyles of early Ohio settlers and travelers

President James Garfield Memorial. The 20th president of the US, Garfield was from Cleveland and assassinated in office.  The tomb of President Garfield is located inside a huge (180′ high) memorial at Lake View Cemetery that includes a 12′ tall marble statue of President Garfield.

Gray’s Armory. Grays Armory is a historic building in Cleveland that was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It was built by the Cleveland Grays, a private military company which was founded in 1837. It is one of the oldest standing buildings in downtown Cleveland.

Hudson Ohio and the Underground Railroad. Hudson was founded by Abolitionists who formed an Underground Railroad station in the city just south of Cleveland. John Brown who led the raid on Harper’s Ferry leading to the Civil War came from Hudson.

John Carroll University. John Carroll University was founded in 1886 by the Society of Jesuits under the title of St Ignatius College as a “college for men.” Many notable alumni like Don Shula, Tim Russert and Charles Dolan.

Judge Sara J. Harper Library. Sara Harper is an African-American Republican politician who grew up in the Cleveland projects with Mayor Carl Stokes and Rep Louis Stokes.

Karamu House. The oldest African-American theater in the US. Many of Langston Hughe’s plays were developed and premiered at the theater. A 40′ mural of Ruby Dee is painted on the outside wall.

League Park. Historic baseball park that hosted the Cleveland Indians AL), Buckeyes (Negro leagues), Rams and Browns (NFL) among others.  Numerous historic events.

Maine Memorial. Remember the Maine!  This relic from the USS Maine which mysteriously blew up and led to the Spanish–American War is in Slavic Village.

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage This Museum of Diversity and Tolerance tells the story of the Jewish people in Cleveland and beyond but also reaches out to all to build bridges of understanding.

Mormon Church headquarters. Between 1831 and 1838, Joseph Smith and early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established Church headquarters in Kirtland, built a temple, and laid a foundation of strength for the future.

Old Stone Church. The oldest building on Public Square, this Presbyterian Church was there for Lincoln’s funeral, Charles Brush’s arc lights and more.

Outhwaite Homes. Outhwaite Homes is a public development under jurisdiction of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority in Cleveland, Ohio. Built in 1935  it was the first federally funded public housing in the Cleveland area and one of the first in the U.S. Mayor Carl Stokes, his brother Rep Louis Stokes and Judge Sara Harper were raised there.

Playhouse Square. The Theater District in downtown Cleveland is the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York.

Polka Hall of Fame. The Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of polka music, the happiest sound around. The Museum has free admission and is open four days a week.

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. Named for John D. Rockefeller, the Greenhouse is a first-rate botanical facility containing specialty plant collections, seasonal floral displays, and theme gardens as well as sculptures and artwork.

Saint Mary Romanian Cathedral. The first Romanian Orthodoxy in America and a Cultural Center of the Romanian Americans.

Shaker Gristmill. This marker of the Shaker Gristmill site commemorates a 5-story gristmill created by the Shaker community.  The Shaker community, which practiced celibacy, eventually  dwindled.

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. The 125’ Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is a monument on Public Square to Civil War soldiers and sailors from Cuyahoga County.

Spirit of ‘76 Museum. One county west of Cleveland in Wellington, this museum honors painter Archibald Willard and his most famous painting, the Spirit of ’76.

Squire’s Castle. Located in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, the remnants of this castle are supposedly haunted by the owner’s late wife.

Tyler Elevator Building. The company had 24 separate buildings, connected together by a series of bridges, which allowed employees to move around the complex without going outside.

 

 

Coming Soon

 

  • The Arcade
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Cancer Survivor Plaza
  • Cleveland Cultural Gardens
  • Dunham Tavern
  • Emerald Necklace
  • Euclid Beach
  • Galleria
  • Johnny Kilbane House
  • Kent State University Fashion Museum
  • Rockefeller Greenhouse
  • Shaker Lakes
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
  • Terminal Tower
  • Towpath-Canal
  • and many more

 

 


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