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Romantic Architecture of Cleveland

Updated on March 22, 2010
Romance: al fresco at Legacy Village
Romance: al fresco at Legacy Village

To commemorate Valentine’s Day, here’s a sampling of some of the most romantic settings of Cleveland-area architecture (and urbanism):

• The restored grandeur of Severance Hall during a Cleveland Orchestra performance.

• Sunset over the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie from the dock/patio of Shooter’s on the Water.

• Cuddled under the holiday-lit trees of Public Square listening to the broadcast Christmas music.

• A light brunch, followed by a stroll among the shops clustered around the Falls in Chagrin Falls.

• Skiing under the lights at Boston Mills Brandywine.

• A leisurely Sunday afternoon in the galleries of The Cleveland Museum of Art, followed by a perambulation around Wade Lagoon feeding the ducks.

• A solemn Easter service at St. John’s Cathedral.

• Joining the 15th of August celebration through Murray Hill’s Little Italy.

• Making gravestone rubbings in Lakeview Cemetery.

• A table at Sammy’s with a view of the nightlit bridges, Flats and river below.

• A stroll from the Great Lakes Science Center’s lakeside patio to Voinovich Park, then a tour of the steamship William G. Mather.

• Fireworks on a clear summer evening after a Tribe win at Progressive Field.

• Dancing in the historic Arcade.

• An afternoon lost in the exhibits of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

• Absorbing the history and art of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Public Square.

• A clear fall day under the thunderous roar of the Navy’s Blue Angels at the Cleveland Air Show.

• Antique-hunting on Lorain Avenue.

• An evening’s al fresco entertainment at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst or Crocker Park in Westlake.

• Dinner at Pickwick & Frolic, followed by a comedy performance and exotic martinis or dessert at Lola’s.

• Serving the homeless at St. Malachi’s.

• Bargaining for tomatoes at The West Side Market on a summer Saturday.

• “Boo at the Zoo” with young children.

• Observing the leaping fountains of the main concourse of The Avenue at Tower City Center under the holiday decorations.

• Enjoying the animation festival at The Cedar-Lee Theater.

• Sampling the ethnic fare in Slavic Village or East 185th Street’s Old World Festival.

• Surveying vistas of northeast Ohio from the observation deck of The Terminal Tower.

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