Jefferson Neighborhood Tour

St. Mary's Church
Cleveland's final major territorial expansion occurred in 1923 with the City's annexation of a neighboring municipality - the 12.5-square mile Village of West Park named for early settler Benjamin West. The former village stretched from West 117th Street to the Rocky River, south of the City of Lakewood. In addition to Jefferson, it encompassed the neighborhood areas of Kamm's Corner, Puritas-Longmead and Riverside.

Location:Situated just east of Kamm's Corner along Triskett Road, this neighborhood shares many similarities with the adjoining neighborhoods of Kamm's Corner and West Park. It extends from W. 117th st. to W. 150th St. from Triskett to Puritas.
Single-Family Home

Apartment Building
The construction of I-90 and I-71, which cross through the north and south ends of the neighborhood, have also created better access and opportunities for office, retail and industrial development. Neighborhood Map.

During the first two decades of the 20th century, development in West Park was spurred by the establishment an of "interurban" rail transit service connecting Downtown Cleveland with cities to the south and west via Lorain Avenue. Access to the area was further improved by extension of the Cleveland Electric Railway Company's streetcar line to West 117th Street in 1913 and then to Kamm's Corner in 1923.
Lorain & West 117th

Single-Family Homes
Extension of the streetcar line past West 117th spurred development in the Jefferson neighborhood. Both retail and residential development accelerated rapidly during the 1920's.

A variety of housing styles can be found in the neighborhood from large mansion-like structures on Triskett, to small garden apartments.Property information housing information.

There are tree lined streets of brick housing as well as a variety of more modest homes.

Retail buildings constructed at or near the street line, in order to maximize their convenience to the streetcars, continue to define the character of this portion of Lorain Avenue today. Between 1920 and 1930, Jefferson's population increased from 3,944 to 17,725.

Puritas Plaza
The population of Jefferson also jumped after World War II as areas west of West 140th Street began to develop. These new developments began to take on a more suburban character. Newer shopping plazas, with parking in front, were developed at Fairwood Plaza at Lorain and West 136th and Puritas Plaza (Marc's Plaza) at Puritas and West 150th.

Recreation Facilities include John Marshall High School (3952 West 140th St), YMCA-WestPark-Fairview (15501 Lorain Ave.) Halloran Pool/Ice Rink (West 117th & Linnet), Mohican Playfield (Triskett near Berea) and Gunning Recreation Center.
Gunning Recreation Center

For Information on housing in Jefferson, click here

Adjacent Neighborhoods:
Copyright © 2000 Cleveland State University

Contents|Neighborhood Tour|Neighborhood Map|Neighborhood History|Neighborhood Organizations|
Neighborhood Facts
|Homebuyer Assistance|Community Information|Cleveland Information



User Survey

Write Us