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Old Ohio: 1905

Old Ohio: 1905

Circa 1905. "Superior Avenue, Cleveland." Landmarks include the Arcade Building at right, Hollenden Hotel and newspaper offices of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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St. Peter's Church

... is visible waaay in the background. It's still there (at E. 17th and Superior), only now the tall steeple is gone.

The Arcade (large archway at right) is a gorgeous (and, sadly, quite empty) Victorian-era, glass-roofed structure. It's one of the earliest examples of a shopping mall in America.

Faded Dreams

Wonderful Dream Soda: "There's sunshine in every sip".

Still looking good

The hotel is now a Hiatt. There is a Marriott on the Prospect-Euclid side of the Arcade. Many of the rooms at the Marriott still have the stained glass from the old Colonial Hotel. My son goes to school in Cleveland and we enjoy staying downtown and seeing all of the revitalization.


Below is the same view from July of 2016.

Happy Birthday Cleveland Plain Dealer !

January 7th marked the 175th year of publication. Well done!

The Arcade is still there as a major hotel (on the right) but all the rest has been 'renewed.'

The Hollenden

My parents and I stayed at the Hollenden Hotel in the summer of 1953. They were delegates to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers convention held in Cleveland. It was a neat place for a 13 year old mischievous boy to explore. I cozied up to a couple of the elevator operator gals and they let me run the elevator. Whoo-hoo.

I'm not sure what he's doing

but it don't look too healthy.

[Washing windows. -tterrace]

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