We periodically feature Cleveland, Ohio USA. For a city that’s had its ups and downs for many decades, it’s still a place of curiosity for those who haven’t been. If you find yourself traveling east to west or west to east along the northern parts of the USA, Cleveland will certainly appear on your maps. (Full disclosure: we once lived in Cleveland and, so, have license to offer our opinions as appropriate.)
There’s one thing that we always find as a constant in any media covering Cleveland. It seems like there’s only one decent location to take a picture: the Cleveland Arcade: it’s our main image on this post, for example. So, as attractive as the Arcade is, why aren’t there other pictures to share? Surely there must be. And, lo and behold, there are. And the arcade is, once again, starting to shine again in another way.
Now part of the Cleveland Hyatt Regency hotel, the arcade is as shiny as its history would like to remember. The building itself opened in May of 1890 as the first indoor shopping center in America. It quickly became one of downtown Cleveland’s most popular landmarks, and was nicknamed Cleveland’s Crystal Palace. Built in 1890 at a cost of $875,000, The Arcade Cleveland opened to much fanfare as the very first indoor shopping center in America. Designers John M. Eisenmann and George H. Smith designed it as an urban mercantile center and modeled it after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. The project was financed by Cleveland’s most esteemed businessmen of the late 19th century, including John D. Rockefeller, Steven V. Harkness, Louis Severance, Charles Brush and Marcus Hanna.
Located in a landmark building constructed in 1890, Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade provides a historic hotel experience with convenient access to downtown Cleveland. Stay steps from the vibrant East 4th Street Entertainment District and a 10-minute walk from all major sporting and entertainment venues.
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Try the History Center General Admission Ticket. Experience Cleveland like never before at the Cleveland History Center. From the very first map of Cleveland to Lebron James’ championship shoes, journey through Cleveland’s history from 1796 to today. Click here to book.
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