|Something non-locals don't often realize is that Cleveland's long history of industrial wealth has left it chock full of cultural riches as well as the beginnings of a "sustainable city" movement. For decades, the city has boasted of: |
• a "Big Five" orchestra (The Cleveland Orchestra ),
• the second largest performing arts center in the U.S. (Playhouse Square Center ),
• a world-renowned art museum (The Cleveland Museum of Art ),
• the nation's first health museum (HealthSpace Cleveland ),
• R&D hub of the aerospace and aviation industry (the NASA Glenn Research & Visitors Center) and
• a number of other first-rate attractions (too many to mention here - read on).
During its "comeback" years, Cleveland has added:
• the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum,
• the Great Lakes Science Center with Omnimax theatre, and
• four new sports facilities in the downtown area - Jacobs Field ("The Jake") for the Major League Baseball Indians, QuickenLoans Arena ("The Q") for the NBA Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns Stadium for the NFL Browns and the Wolstein Center for the Cleveland State University Vikings basketball team.
Architecture & Infrastructure
• Key Tower, the tallest building between New York City and Chicago, designed by Cesar Pelli.
• City of Bridges, particularly view the Hope Memorial Bridge (Lorain-Carnegie Bridge) named for Bob Hope's (the famous actor/comedian and native Clevelander} father, who worked on its construction. The bridge is framed by four art deco pylon sculptures portraying the evolution of forms of ground transportation. In addition to a large number of jack-knife and lift bridges along the Cuyahoga, one of the world's few remaining "Swing Bridges" is still in use, connecting the east and west banks of the Flats entertainment district.
• Old Arcade. Built in 1890 and designed by John Eisenmann. The construction was financed by John D. Rockefeller, Marcus Hanna and several other wealthy Clevelanders of the day. The cost of the project was approximately $875,000 - today it would be impossible to replicate. The inspiration of the project is said to be the Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy. Although pedestrian arcades exist in several North American cities, few - if any, compare to the grandeur of the Arcade in Cleveland. The Arcade was the first building in Cleveland to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure features a five-story atrium with extensive metal decorative work. The top floor features gargoyles which circle the entire atrium area. The structure includes the famous skylighted atrium as well as two nine-story towers, one each on Euclid Avenue and Superior Avenue. In the past decade, the structure was renovated as a Hyatt Regency Hotel.
• Peter B. Lewis Building, Case-Weatherhead School of Business, designed by Frank Gehry with his trademark undulating metal forms.
• Terminal Tower, the centerpoint of Tower City Center, located on Public Square, is the Terminal Tower, built in 1929 as the second tallest building in the world. The building was also constructed as the main railroad terminal in Cleveland and currently serves as the main hub of the RTA Rapid Lines (below the retail mall levels). Go to the Terminal Tower's observation deck to observe the surrounding environs (particularly, Lake Erie, the winding Cuyahoga River, and the juxtaposition of downtown against industrial uses to the south and west).
• Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Ph: (216) 421-7350. A free art museum offering exhibits of everything from a world-renowned Asian collection, Greek and Roman statue to modern art. Closed on Mondays, open Tu, Th, Sa, Su 10AM-5PM, We, Fri 10AM-9PM.
• MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art,, 8501 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 p: 216 421 8671. Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Admission: $4 suggested donation; $3 suggested senior/student admission. Free to all visitors on Friday.
This neighborhood is experiencing an enormous influx of redevelopment that was pioneered by the arts community. Call a gallery to get dates for the periodic Tremont ArtWalk.
• Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor St. Often features live music and DJs as well as its art.
• Doubting Thomas Gallery, 856 Jefferson.
• Eye Candy Gallery, 2335 W. 11th St.
• Smart T'art Gallery, 2336 W. 11th St.
• Bockrath Gallery. In the Murray Hill School House, home to three floors of galleries, artist studios and artsy shops.
• Dick Kleinman Fine Art, 12210 Mayfield Rd. An eclectic mix of galleries from cutting edge works.
• Fiori, 2027 Murray Hill Rd. Featuring hand-crafted work. You can take RTA's Red Line Rapid Transit to the Euclid-East 120 station and walk five minutes to the heart of Little Italy.
• 9th Street Studio, 2173 East Ninth St.
• ArtMetro Gallery, 530 Euclid Ave #43
• Brenda Kroos, 1300 West 9th St.
• Spaces, 2220 Superior Viaduct.
• The Bonfoey Company, 1710 Euclid Ave.
Culture, Heritage & History
• Dunham Tavern Museum, a restored inn that served as a resting place along the "Buffalo Road", the Native American pathway that later connected the East Coast to Cleveland.
• Lakeview Cemetery, a beautiful setting where many famous people are buried, including President James A. Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, Marcus L. Hanna...
• Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
• Rockefeller Cultural Gardens, a picturesque winding road, featuring gardens representative of Cleveland's diverse and rich ethno-cultural mosaic and connecting University Circle to I-90 via MLK Blvd.
• Temple Museum of Religious Art, The Temple-Tifereth Israel, 1855 Ansel Rd, 216 831-3233. Hours are by appointment only. Admission: donations accepted.
• University Circle. University Circle is located several miles from downtown and can be reached via Euclid Avenue. The circle itself is a large open area that is often filled with frisbee-tossing college students, but its main attractions are the numerous museums, research institutes and schools which surround it. This rich cultural menagerie is surpassed by few places in North America.
• Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd, 216 721-5722.
• West Side Market, northeast corner of Lorain Avenue (western node of the Hope Memorial (Lorain-Carnegie) Bridge) and W. 25th Street an old world produce market directly across the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland's skyscrapers.
• Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Avenue (Severance Hall), Ph: (216) 231-7300, and Blossom Amphitheatre in the summer months.
• Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Located on the Lake Erie shoreline, this distinctive building was designed by noted architect I.M. Pei and houses a massive collection of rock and roll memorabilia. Cleveland was home to the first Rock concert, the term "Rock and Roll" was coined by a Cleveland DJ and many of the music genre's icons used Cleveland as their springboards. As Rock Inductee, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, has been paraphrased - to become a rock star in the U.S., first, you have to be loved in Cleveland.
• Cabaret Dada
• Cleveland Play House
• Cleveland Public Theater
• Dobama Theater
• Karamu House
• Near West Theatre
• Playhouse Square Center
• Bodwin Theater Company
• Charenton Theatre Company
• Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
• Cleveland Signstage Theatre
• Dobama Theatre
• Great Lakes Theater Festival
• Habitat East
• Red Hen Productions
Science & Technology
• Children's Museum of Cleveland, 10730 Euclid Ave, 216 791-KIDS (5437). Hours: Tu-Su 10am to 4:45pm (Closed M). Call for special holiday hours. Admission: Members FREE; Adults $6; Babies 11 months and under FREE.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden
• Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
• Cleveland Museum of Natural History
• Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.
• District Medical History Center and Museum, Allen Memorial Medical Library (Case), 11000 Euclid Ave, 216 368-3648 Hours: M-F 10am-5pm. Admission: free.
• Great Lakes Science Center
• HealthSpace Cleveland, 8911 Euclid Ave, (between E. 89th and E. 90th Streets, near University Circle), 216 231-5010.
• NASA Glenn Research & Visitors Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135, Phone: (216) 433-4000.