The Birth of Downtown Cleveland: A Vision Interrupted

The Birth of Downtown Cleveland: A Vision Interrupted

by Dave Ford, Brad Schwartz


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The 1903 Group Plan for Cleveland's downtown laid out a vision of Neoclassical splendor, an open civic area filled with grand fountains, graceful sculptures and formal gardens. Like most projects of its kind, it was supposed to take only one generation to complete. But the path to prosperity and beauty did not run smoothly. The plan suffered delays and setbacks from all sides, thanks to two world wars, the Great Depression, human folly and politics. Today, the Group Plan Commission continues to develop the focal point of the original 1903 project, and as people move back into downtown, the city is poised to finally bring this vision to fruition. Presenting previously unpublished historic photographs, authors Brad Schwartz and Dave Ford detail a story more than a century in the making.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540235404
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/23/2018
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

"Dave Ford has collected many original historic photographs and negatives over the years. He also is an avid World War II and local history buff. He feels the information contained in historical photos provides a unique, interesting and intimate connection with the past. Ford has made it a priority to restore, digitize and share his collection with others. He has worked with publishers, libraries and private individuals in providing restored photos to be used in books, displays, websites and historical memorials around the country.

Brad Schwartz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and has resided in Columbus for more than thirty years. He holds a master of science degree in urban studies from Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Public Affairs and a master of landscape architecture degree from The Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture. He is the author of The 1936-1937 Great Lakes Exposition, published by Arcadia Publishing. Mr. Schwartz and his family live in an 1870s farmhouse that is listed on the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places."

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Early Cleveland 17

A City Beautiful 45

A Vision Interrupted 75

A Vision Realized 109

A Vision to the Future 133

Bibliography 151

Index 153

About the Authors 157

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