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5 Architectural Gems in Northeast Ohio

Architectural Gems in NEO

If you view only these architectural wonders from the outside they are still
guaranteed to WOW you with their beauty!


Old Stone Church

Gem 1: Old Stone Church
216.241.6145 / 91 Public Square, Cleveland

Built in 1834 as First Presbyterian, the Georgian Revival-style church soon became known as the Stone Church for its gray sandstone. As other stone churches were built, it was dubbed The Old Stone Church. By 1853, the congregation had outgrown the building and it was razed. The current church was built on the same site and is a striking example of early American Romanesque Revival architecture. It is also Cleveland’s best-known religious landmark and oldest structure at Public Square. Visit oldstonechurch.org for more information.


Cleveland Arcade

Gem 2: The Cleveland Arcade
216.696.1408 / East 4th Street, Cleveland

This two-level, mixed-use passageway between Euclid and Superior Avenues opened in 1890 as the nation’s first indoor shopping center and was nicknamed Cleveland’s Crystal Palace. Financed by John D. Rockefeller and other industrialists, it was inspired by European shopping malls built during the same period, including Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The Arcade features a five-story glass atrium with ornate metal decorative work and is home to a Hyatt Regency hotel, shops and eateries. Visit theclevelandarcade.com for more information.

 

Federal Reserve Bank

Gem 3: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
216.579.2000 / 1455 East 6th Street, Cleveland

One of 12 banks in the Federal Reserve System, this 13-story structure by the Cleveland architectural firm of Walker and Weeks, opened in 1923. Inspired by the Medici Palace in Florence, it was built in a classical architectural style utilizing pink marble and granite. Inside, the lobby features a vaulted ceiling, gold-marble walls and pillars, ornate iron grilles that protect 12 large ground-floor arched windows, and paintings and statues. Visit clevelandfed.org for more information.

 

Akron Art Museum
Gem 4: Akron Art Museum

330.376.9185 / 1 S. High Street, Akron

This museum combines a brick-and-limestone building, which opened in 1899 as Akron’s main post office, with the soaring glass-and-steel John S. and James L. Knight Building by the Viennese architectural firm, Coop Himmelb(l)au. The latter building was added in 2007 and features cantilevered, suspended and floating forms throughout as evidenced by “Crystal,” a three-story glass and steel lobby and the “Roof Cloud,” a 327-foot long cantilevered steel armature. Though the new building’s forms may be radical, they were also designed to be respectful of the old building, with Crystal leaning toward it and Roof Cloud stretching above as if to be sheltering it. Visit akronartmuseum.org for more information.

 

Stan Hywet

Gem 5: Stan Hywet
330.836.5533 / 714 North Portage Path, Akron

Magnificent opulence is on display at this popular attraction, now just over 100 years old. Akron’s first and largest National Landmark is the former home of Goodyear Tire co-founder, Frank Seiberling and is truly a marvel. This 65-room Tudor Revival mansion, a nationally recognized American Country Estate that celebrates the Seiberling family legacy, is the nation’s sixth largest historic home and one of five historic buildings that sit on the 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The prime time for a visit is over the holidays while Deck the Hall events are going on, during which Stan Hywet is decorated with more than one million lights, and fun festivities abound, from nightly tree lightings to fires in the Courtyard and live music. Visit stanhywet.org for more information.