Cleveland Arcade

401 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio


Cleveland Arcade

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Street View 


The Cleveland Arcade is a particularly noteworthy example of the skylighted arcade - a building type that is one of the most unique contributions of the nineteenth century to the urban scene. Functionally and commercially this prominent Cleveland structure is an arcade, for it provides a passageway between two large urban thoroughfares and it contains many shops and offices rented to individual companies. But its tiers of galleries and dramatic use of interior space make it architecturally more akin to the light courts of the multi-storied commercial structures which were developed before the introduction of sufficiently brilliant interior artificial lighting. In construction the Arcade is mixed in technique and materials and reflects the rapid changes in high buildings construction which occurred in the 1880's and 1890's - an era that saw the birth of the skyscraper. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS OH-2119)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 20, 1973
Reference number
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Victorian: Romanesque; Richardsonian Romanesque
Areas of significance
Engineering; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Professional; Business
Current functions
Professional; Business
Period of significance
Significant years
1888; 1890