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.[2] Erected in 1890, at a cost of $867,000 ($24,700,000 in 2019 dollars), the Arcade opened on Memorial Day (May 30, 1890),[2] and is identified as one of the earliest indoor shopping malls in the United States.[3] The Arcade was modified in 1939, remodeling the Euclid Avenue entrance and adding some structural support. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.

Cleveland Arcade
Cleveland Arcade, 1966.jpg
Interior of The Arcade in downtown Cleveland, looking south toward Euclid Avenue; March 7, 1966
Cleveland Arcade is located in Cleveland
Cleveland Arcade
Cleveland Arcade is located in Ohio
Cleveland Arcade
Cleveland Arcade is located in the United States
Cleveland Arcade
LocationCleveland, Ohio
Coordinates41°30′0″N 81°41′25″W / 41.50000°N 81.69028°W / 41.50000; -81.69028Coordinates: 41°30′0″N 81°41′25″W / 41.50000°N 81.69028°W / 41.50000; -81.69028
ArchitectEisenmann & Smith; Detroit Bridge Co.
Architectural styleOther, Romanesque
NRHP reference #73001408[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 20, 1973
Designated NHLMay 15, 1975
Looking down the length of The Arcade
The Arcade (ca. 1910-1920)
The Arcade (ca. 1910-1920)


The Arcade was built in 1890 by Detroit Bridge Co., run by Stephen V. Harkness.[2] Designed by John Eisenmann and George H. Smith,[4] 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,[2] 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.[2]

Medallion of S.V. Harkness on entrance to the arcade
Medallion of Charles F. Brush that hangs outside the Cleveland Arcade on Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio

The Arcade is a cross between a lighted court and a commercial shopping street. The building is a complex of three structures: two nine-story office buildings facing out to Euclid and Superior Avenues, connected via the five-story iron-and-glass-enclosed arcade.[2] The Richardsonian arched entrance along Superior Avenue is original, but the Euclid Avenue front was remodeled in 1939[2] by the firm of Walker and Weeks. The level of the Superior Avenue entrance is about 12 feet (3.7 m) lower than the Euclid entrance, so that there are two bottom arcade floors, joined by staircases at each end. Since Euclid and Superior avenues are not parallel, a passage leads, at a 23-degree angle, off the Euclid entrance to a rotunda at the southern end of the Arcade.[2] The arcade itself is a 300-foot (91 m)-long covered light court, ringed by four levels of balconies, which step back above the Euclid Avenue level. The vertical lines of the columns, rising nearly 100 feet (33 m) to the glass roof, create a spacious domed interior.[2]

In 2001, the Hyatt corporation redeveloped the Arcade into Cleveland's first Hyatt Regency hotel. The Hyatt Regency occupies the two towers and the top three floors of the atrium area. The two lower floors of the atrium area remain open to the public with retail merchants and a food court. In addition, the Hyatt's lobby and offices are located near the Superior Avenue entrance. That same year, the skylight was also replaced.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Arcade, Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University, 10 July 1997.
  3. ^ "Cleveland+ Public Art" (PDF). Positively Cleveland. 2008. p. 3. Archived from the original (brochure) on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  4. ^ DeMarco, Laura (March 16, 2017). "Cleveland's grand arcades are passageways between yesterday and today". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Icons of Cleveland: The Arcade. Cleveland Magazine, August 2009.

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