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History

The Gateway District is Cleveland’s largest geographic area of adaptive re-use and historic preservation. It is an area transformed by tremendous investment and economic development.

What does this mean? It means you are surrounded by stories as you walk along Euclid Avenue, East 4th Street, the Gateway Sports Complex and other parts of the Gateway District. Stories of dime stores, markets, banks, arcades and skyscrapers…Stories of people who helped build the foundation for what Cleveland is and what it will become…Stories of the passion, vision and hard work of those who believe in Downtown Cleveland.

Charming residential buildings, welcoming hotels and bustling restaurants now exist where an ugly expanse of crumbling parking lots and decaying buildings once met the eye. The location of the Gateway Sports Complex, once home of the Central Market, now welcomes sports fans, concert-goers and conference attendees. New apartments and restaurants make the most of the magnificent department store buildings of old. And, the East 4th Entertainment District has revived a street once filled with closed storefronts and vacant buildings. These are only a few of the significant changes that have taken place in the recent past. The story of rise and fall, decline and rebirth, continues even now with plans for the Schofield Building and John Harkness Brown.

Today, as many as five million people a year visit the Gateway District, and all of them have been touched, in one or way another, by the history and architecture of the neighborhood.

We invite you to become part of the Gateway District story. Plan your visit. Take a tour. Look at the buildings around you. Check out some of the highlights and resources on this site. You’ll be amazed by the past, present and future of this incredible place.