Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Cleveland Group Plan

Many of Cleveland's government and civic buildings, including City Hall, the Cuyahoga County Courthouse, the Cleveland Public Library, and the Public Auditorium are clustered around an open mall and share a common neoclassical architecture. Built in the early 20th century, they are the result of the 1903 Group Plan, and constitute one the most complete examples of City Beautiful design in the United States. More info.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Euclid: Not Just a Mathematician

Once known as "Millionaire's Row" and "The Showplace of America," Euclid Avenue set the standard for the nation in beauty and sheer wealth from the 1860s to the 1920s. The concentration of wealth was such that the mansions along it far exceeded the tax valuation of New York's famed Fifth Avenue. Euclid was recently featured in the filming of Spider-Man 3.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Theater District

Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center is the nation’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Cleveland Clinic

U.S. News & World Report ranked The Cleveland Clinic 4th best hospital in the United States. In addition, The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center has been ranked #1 for 11 consecutive years.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Free Stamp

A sculptural work by Swede Claes Oldenburg, the stamp measures in at 28' by 48'. Although it had been commisioned for display in Amoco's lobby, it ended up being stored in Indiana for seven years after its completion. Finally in 1991 it was donated to the city of Cleveland.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Rock & Roll

Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed is credited with promoting the new genre and term "Rock and Roll." I. M. Pei. designed the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to resemble a record player from above.