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Grittyscape: 1900

Grittyscape: 1900

Circa 1900. "Colonial Hotel, Cleveland." Home to the Colonial Arcade. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Two arcades

There are actually two arcades in this building. The Colonial Arcade is behind the fancier entrance. The Euclid Arcade is located behind "Walk Through Our Store" sign.

From Prospect Avenue (the street in this photo) you can walk through either one of these and get to THE Arcade, the grand multilevel beauty that's been featured before on Shorpy.

These two arcades are linked by a perpendicular hallway in the middle.

Here's a photo of this other arcade.

re: Interesting

The Colonial Arcade was built in 1898. Architect was George Smith. It recently underwent a $60 million restoration which incorporated a Residence Inn into the complex, along with food courts. It connects to another Cleveland landmark arcade, called, oddly, The Arcade. Very nice places to eat or just stroll downtown when the winter winds whip in off Lake Erie.

And the sign says ...

Can we get a magnification on the sign the lady at far right is holding? Thanks!

[Looks Salvation Armyish. - Dave]

Interesting

Building has a modern feel to it, except for that grand entry, but it all works quite well. Does anyone know when it was built and who the Architect was?

The real McCoy

In the lower left of the storefront, there are rows of jardinieres and planters, probably made in the JW McCoy factory in nearby Zanesville, which later became the Brush Pottery. Ohio had long been one of the main homes of American pottery manufacturing because of ample natural clay deposits and a central location to railroad (aka cheap) transportation for the heavy goods. What would have been, at most, a dollar for a matching set of column and pot, now would probably set a collector back several hundred dollars for more exotic pieces in perfect condition.

Where is everyone?

Only three guys and a woman holding a sign. Oh, to be able to read it.

Still There!

Still there, still a big lunchtime hangout in downtown. I used to walk thru it and the adjoining arcade across the street during my lunch hour back in the 90s.


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