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See Cleveland Now!

Updated on October 9, 2012
East Fourth Street
East Fourth Street | Source

This single block in downtown Cleveland offers comedy, bowling, martinis, blues, fine dining and loft living just minutes from Public Square, Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena.

Fifth Third Bank Building
Fifth Third Bank Building | Source

Designed by the architectural firm of RTKL, this office tower in the city's financial district provides one more distinctive profile to the urban skyline.

55 Public Square
55 Public Square | Source

Dwarfed by its much younger neighbor, Key Tower, 55 Public Square was the original home of The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (CEI), now part of First Energy. With structural concrete floor plates, it was modeled after the Modernist Seagrams Tower.

The Agora Ballroom
The Agora Ballroom | Source

Unfortunately now shuttered, this performance venue on the Euclid Corridor first welcomed the British Invasion to Cleveland in the 1960s. Many memorable liver performances were recorded here throughout the years.

The Alcazar, Cleveland Heights
The Alcazar, Cleveland Heights | Source

Though now primarily a senior residential facility, this Spanish/Moorish confection once welcomed limousined, be-gowned and black-tied guests to its jazz-era theatricals and dance parties.

Alexander Hamilton Statue
Alexander Hamilton Statue | Source

Flanking the entrance to the Cuyahoga County Courthouse at the terminus of Ontario Street near the Lake Erie shoreline sits this oversized likeness of one of the nation's founding politicians.

AT&T (Ameritech) Building
AT&T (Ameritech) Building | Source

The curved façade of this office structure mirrors the activity of East Ninth Street below. It occupies an anchor corner of the Erieview Redevelopment area long ago carved out of the downtown financial and office district.

The former AmeriTrust bank tower
The former AmeriTrust bank tower | Source

Marking one corner of the key intersection of East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue is this Brutalist behemoth designed by Marcel Breuer. It's severe gridded exterior of precast concrete window boxes is lightened somewhat by the whimsical single portal drilled through its stone parapet.

The Arcade
The Arcade | Source

The sun streams down through the block-long skylight of the oldest and finest of commercial arcades in America. Originally developed as a multi-tenant commercial and office structure, The Arcade now houses a Hyatt hotel in its upper stories.

The Avenue at Tower City Center
The Avenue at Tower City Center | Source

Enter these portals from Prospect Avenue at the base of The Terminal Tower, and enter the multi-level skylight expanse of The Avenue, a collection of hotels, offices, restaurants, retail, food court and cinema, with access to Cleveland's light rail transit network below.

Banners at Progressive Field
Banners at Progressive Field | Source

Just a few minutes south of Public Square lie the gates of Progressive Field (formery Jacobs Field), Home of the Cleveland Indians. Venture to the ballpark's upper decks on any sunny summer afternoon and enjoy the vistas across the Cuyahoga River and Flats area below.

Cleveland Board of Education Building
Cleveland Board of Education Building | Source

One of the key elements of Cleveland's turn-of-the-19th-century City Beautiful plan was the placement and design of such structures as these. This massive Beaux Arts block of yellow stone and copper roofing occupies a defining edge of a major pedestrian mall.


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    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      As our local boy made good, rocker Michael Stanley, used to belt out, "This town is MY town!"

    • GlstngRosePetals profile image


      5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Another great job of descibing Cleavland. Great job Voted up!


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