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Old Arcade, Cleveland

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The Arcade in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is a Victorian-era structure of two nine-story buildings, joined by a five-story arcade with a glass skylight spanning over 300 feet (91 m), along the four balconies. Erected in 1890, at a cost of $867,000, the Arcade opened on Memorial Day (May 30, 1890), and is identified as one of the earliest indoor shopping malls in the United States. The Arcade was modified in 1939, remodeling the Euclid Avenue entrance and adding some structural support.
The Arcade was built in 1890 by Detroit Bridge Co., run by Stephen V. Harkness. Designed by John Eisenmann and George H. Smith, the Arcade is one of the few remaining arcades of its kind in the United States. Modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II located in Milan, the Arcade comprises two nine-story towers with a skylight, 100 feet (30 m) high, made of 1,800 panes of glass spanning over 300 feet (91 m). The construction was financed by John D. Rockefeller, Marcus Hanna, Charles F. Brush and several other wealthy Clevelanders of the day.
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Old Arcade reviews

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  • What a great Anniversary experience. My daughter's child is about to arrive so we wanted to stay close to home. I surprised my wife with this location. We visited many times when it was a shopping... 
    What a great Anniversary experience. My daughter's child is about to arrive so we wanted to stay close to home. I surprised my wife with this location. We visited many times when it was a shopping...  more »
  • Visiting the 1890 arcade was special architecturally--to see a wonderful 19th Century marvel. Beautiful arcade, marble stairs, and many gargoyles. However, the arcade seems to have been on a... 
    Visiting the 1890 arcade was special architecturally--to see a wonderful 19th Century marvel. Beautiful arcade, marble stairs, and many gargoyles. However, the arcade seems to have been on a...  more »
  • The "Old Arcade" is interesting to see -- a 4 level structure lined with places for shops but, in general, they are not operating. In fact, a wedding took over the place when we were there and we... 
    The "Old Arcade" is interesting to see -- a 4 level structure lined with places for shops but, in general, they are not operating. In fact, a wedding took over the place when we were there and we...  more »
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  • What a beautiful place it is, it's a pity that many people don't know about it. There is a pleasant atmosphere and beautiful architecture and design. There are very few people, but if you haven't been there, definitely go, you won't regret it. The photos are simply wonderful, my children walked with delight and so did I
  • This is a beautiful piece of Ohio history & it's very cool inside. For the holidays it's decorated so incredible it's a must see. You'll want to take pictures of the gorgeous interiors for sure. There are shops & small businesses inside, but all have their own hours. The hotel would be amazing to stay in.
  • Fantastic experience! Worth the money for many reasons! Friendly, helpful staff. Beautiful 1890s style hotel with modernized rooms, comfortable beds, clean rooms, large TV. We opted out of the 42$ valet parking and used the 20$ garage next door. Access to lots of places on foot from the front and rear entrances. Several shops inside including bar and restaurants. Walking distance to rock and roll hall, progressive field and the science center. Highly recommended!
  • Polite, curteous staff. Clean rooms & hotel. Great water pressure. Overall just a beautiful & fun hotel to stay at. Great location. Walking distance to stadium and downtown. Definitely would recommend traveling with another person & safely when walking.
  • Such an amazing, incredible place. The main Arcade is a little deserted, not a lot of open shops. However, there's a USPS location located on the ground floor. But the Arcade on Fifth/Sixth is filled with cute little shops. Come here and be in awe of all the history and stories this place has. Word is, even Thomas Edison once owned a shop in the Arcade.

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