The Buckeye State's CLEVELAND ARCADE opened its doors in May 1890. Costing 875 thousand (1890) dollars, it was envisaged by John M. Eisenmann and George H. Smith. The structure, added to the National Register of Historic Places in March 1973, was given a 60 million dollar renovation, which was completed in May 2001. At this time, it was incorporated into a hotel complex.
Photo from Library of Congress


  1. "The Arcade" as the Cleveland Arcade is know, was converted into a hotel sometime during the 2000s. Originally, it had two retail floors, topped by several office floors. For many years, it was favored by non-profits. An aunt of mine started the nation's first information and referral agency for senior citizen services in The Arcade back in the 60s. Stouffer's original restaurant was a lunch counter in the lower level of The Arcade.

    Cleveland had three other arcades, as well as two shopping levels (one large, one small and connecting to Higbee's dept store in the Union terminal complex (now Tower City). The old concourse level is now part of a not very successful mall.

    The other arcades were simple one story designs--two still exist, populated mostly by small service businesses: The Euclid Arcade and the Colonial Arcade, which run between Euclid and Prospect Avenues, further up Euclid from The Arcade.

    Taylor's department store (long since converted to an office building at 669 Euclid) also included an Arcade known as "Taylor's Arcade".

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