Kinsman Neighborhood Tour



Van Dorn Company Building
As with many neighborhoods in the city of Cleveland, the Kinsman area developed in response to a freight rail line connecting Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Land along East 79th. Street, south of Woodland Avenue, became the site of numerous factories associated with the metals industry. Foremost among these was the Van Dorn company, which was established in 1878 as the Cleveland Wrought Iron Fence Company.

Location:Kinsman runs from East 93rd Street (east) to East 79th Street (west). Woodland Avenue is the main artery that creates a northern edge to this neighborhood and to the south is a jagged Aetna Avenue. Neighborhood Map.

Extension of the streetcar lines along Kinsman Road and Woodland Avenue in the 1860s and 1870s combined with the local manufacturing activity to spur development of modest homes for the area's factory workers. This early development occurred well before establishment of the city's first zoning code in 1929 and resulted in many juxtapositions of industry and housing.

In 1959, Garden Valley Estates 130 acre, 650-unit CMHA public housing development, was built as part of the first urban renewal projects in the state of Ohio. The project is unique in that existing homes were maintained as part of the project.
Garden Valley Estates

In addition, CMHA has also developed single family homes that provide additional housing opportunities in the neighborhood.

Adjacent to Garden Valley is Rainbow Terrace; a large subsidized housing project that overlooks Kingsbury Run Valley.
Rainbow Terrace


Rainbow Terrace Community Garden
Rainbow Terrace residents maintain a very large and lush community garden that is the pride of the neighborhood.

Other elements of the urban renewal project included removal of commercial stores from Kinsman Avenue, renovation of private homes on a number of streets and the filling of Kingsbury run Valley for playfields, and two elementary schools.


Garden Valley Neighborhood House
A community center, the Garden Valley Neighborhood House, an affiliate of Neighborhood Centers Association, provides many services to the residents of this neighborhood. The Center is unique in that it also houses a public library branch and is now home to a community computer center.

Unfortunately, these improvements did not help Kinsman in its battle against decline. The 1990 census indicates a total population in the area of only 7,568 and it has the highest percentage of families below the poverty level in the city.


New Single-Family Home
With the efforts of Buckeye Area Development Corporation, new housing has been developed within this community and Woodland Hills, its neighbor. Buckeye Homes II and Buckeye In-Fill are located at Buckeye and East 93rd Street and comprise a total of 41 units.

Most of the housing stock is small wood frame colonials and bungalows. The average market price is under $20,000. In 1999, the average sales price was $27,500 for the 19 homes that sold in the neighborhood. Property sales information.
There has been some new construction throughout the neighborhood as well as rehabilitation of existing housing.

The industrial past of the neighborhood can be seen in the conversion of old factories to new uses. One is the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Services Facility.

Orlando Bakery
However, the neighborhood still supports numerous industries along East 79th. Orlando Bakery occupies an older industrial plant as well as a new production facility. This new industrial and commercial development is supported by the WECO Community Organization which also sponsors a community credit union.

For more information about the neighborhood, contact the Buckeye Area Development Organization or WECO or take the housing tour.
St.Joseph Cemetery


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