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Old Arcade, Cleveland

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Shopping Mall · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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. Erected in 1890, at a cost of $867,000, the Arcade opened on Memorial Day (May 30, 1890), and is identified as one of the earliest indoor shopping malls in the United States. The Arcade was modified in 1939, remodeling the Euclid Avenue entrance and adding some structural support.
The Arcade was built in 1890 by Detroit Bridge Co., run by Stephen V. Harkness. Designed by John Eisenmann and George H. Smith, 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, 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.
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  • Great location, nice rooms, AMAZING architecture and very good restaurant located on the Euclid St side of the building named The Chocolate Bar.  more »
  • Just strolling around and made a point to locate this building ...spectacular interior although my impression was that the shops were depressed due to covid concerns leading to a stop in foot...  more »
  • This is the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade and we have stayed here multiple times. My wife and I really like this place. It's located near a lot of places downtown that you can walk to. The interior architecture is beautiful. It can be a bit pricey depending upon the dates but it is really nice and the customer service can't be beat. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars and I know this sounds a little weird but depending on the room you get sometimes the bathroom can be a little small
  • Awesome shopping place. Really cool around saint Patrick’s day. I make it a priority to go every year for this event as it is really cool. The atmosphere and architecture is one you don’t want to miss. The shops are small but they do sell some cool things, mostly clothes and such.

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