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Old Cleveland Skyline Quiz

Updated on February 11, 2011
Old Aerial View of Cleveland
Old Aerial View of Cleveland

Sure, the City of Cleveland, Ohio may be easy to identify by the prominence of the Terminal Tower near the center of this dated aerial image, or by the view of the Lake Erie breakwater in the distance. Perhaps you once spent a lazy afternoon watching the Cleveland Indians play at old Municipal Stadium at deep right. Well, feel free to test your memory — or your three-dimensional sense of this Midwestern city — by trying to spot these locations:

• Though today it has abandoned much of this lakefront, Cleveland’s port once bustled with Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway shipping traffic.

• While the city’s Rapid Transit System still operates, the myriad other rail lines that once entered beneath Cleveland’s Union Terminal have since given way to parking lots below Tower City Center.

• The infamous LeBron James banner was just recently removed from this massive brick wall facing incoming Ontario Avenue.

• Near the northeast corner of Public Square sits the historic Society for Savings Building. It would later be flanked by Key Tower, now the tallest building in Ohio.

• The new Cleveland Browns Stadium has been erected atop the very site that once held the cavernous Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

• The Avenue of Tower City Center, a gleaming retail arcade plus food court and cinemas, sprouted from the southwestern face of the Terminal Tower’s base and extended much of the way to the Cuyahoga River’s edge.

• The low buildings and parking lots of the former Central Market area have since given way to the Gateway complex, and its two signature structures: Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field) and the Quicken Loans Arena (formerly Gund Arena).

• The utilitarian multi-story office and warehouse buildings of the city’s Warehouse District (just uphill from the Cuyahoga River’s ‘Flats’), are now renovated and gentrified as offices, condos, lofts, clubs and restaurants.

• One of the tallest structures flanking Public Square (other than the Terminal Tower) seen in this photo was demolished in the 1980s to make way for the BP America headquarters tower.

• The historic Cuyahoga County Courthouse, at the terminus of Ontario Avenue at Lakeside Avenue, later gained the massive new neighbor of The Justice Center, which consisted of a courts tower, police headquarters and a two-phase city/county jail.

• The parallel rows of trees of the public malls A, B and C march across the roof of Cleveland’s underground Convention Center.

• The historic Coast Guard Station occupied a prime observation position at the channeled mouth of the Cuyahoga River.


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It is time for me to come for a visit. I love Metropolitan Park. It is a beautiful place in good weather. We use to cut school and go play baseball in the spring. I also like the 25th street market. It is such an interesting market with so many nationalities.


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