University Neighborhood Tour

Cleveland Museum of Art
The University neighborhood includes both the University Circle and Little Italy areas. Both have unique features and are often visited because of the world famous cultural institutions in the Circle and the restaurants and art galleries in Little Italy.

Location:University Circle is at the eastern border of the City on Euclid Avenue from E.105 to E. 116 and can also be reached from the Shoreway on Martin Luther King Drive. Little Italy is to the south of University Circle on Mayfield and Cedar roads.
CASE Western Reserve University

Wade Oval
University Circle experienced its first development in 1799 when Nathaniel Doan established a tavern and hotel at the present intersection of East 107th and Euclid. "Doan's Corners" grew rapidly as a stopping point for travelers between Cleveland and Buffalo.

The area's modern history began in the 1880's with the donation of 63 acres of wooded parkland to the city by industrialist Jeptha Wade and the relocation to the area of Western Reserve College and the Case School of Applied Science. Other major institutions soon followed, including the Art Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Severance Hall and University Hospitals.
Severance Hall

Just north of the institutions, land along Wade Park Avenue and Magnolia Drive became the site of numerous stately residences, many of which were occupied by trustees of the institutions.

These mansions now house some of the institutions such as the Cleveland Music School Settlement for which the Circle is famous.
Cleveland Music School Settlement

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Today, University Circle -- with sixty cultural, educational, medical and religious institutions clustered in a 488-acre campus setting -- is unique in the world with respect to the number and diversity of its institutions.

Wade Oval provides for outdoor recreation and is adjacent to the formal gardens of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Cleveland rich history in the development of the automobile can be visualized at the Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum. The Cleveland Cinematique at the Art Institute shows films every weekend and hands-on exhibits engage children at the Children's museum.
Cleveland Institute of Art

Parade the Circle
The annual Parade the Circle offers young and old alike an opportunity to merge artistic creativity with fun outdoor activities.

A drive down Hessler Road provides a glimpse of what the area was once like. Today one can still see a turn of the century row house, a model of a Swiss Chalet and a wood block street. Every summer the residents sponsor the Hessler Street Fair.

Of equal historic significance is the itialianate-style Cozad Mansion at the corner of Mayfield and East 115th. St. that dates back to 1853 and was built by the original settler in the area. (Photo not available).

University Circle Incorporated provides planning direction for the neighborhood and also provides a local bus service as well as a security patrol.
Hessler Road

There are many reasons to visit University Circle and its many attractions. Retail services have been expanding for the University community along Euclid Ave. and one of the earliest and unique stores is the Food CO-OP which features organic produce and bulk grains.

Little Italy is a compact neighborhood focused along Mayfield Road and tightly bounded by the hills of Lakeview Cemetery on the east and north, the former Nickel Plate Railroad on the west. Today, Murray Hill Road has artist studios and craft galleries and sponsors regular art walks.

In the late 19th century, Italian immigrants were drawn to the area principally by opportunities for employment as stone cutters at the Lakeview Marble Works. Today, that heritage in appreciated in the abundant Italian restaurants and bakeries.
Mayfield Road - Little Italy

The area north of Mayfield Road was densely developed with modest wood-frame houses by 1895.

The area south of Mayfield was developed principally between 1905 and 1915. Today, there is a mix of long term residents as well as artists and students.
Baracelli Inn

The four-day annual celebration, the Feast of Assumption, sponsored by the Holy Rosary Church, attracts crowds of up to 100,000 in a single night.

Serving the community since the turn of the century is Alta House, established by John D. Rockefeller, as a community center. It is a member of the Neighborhood Center Association.
Alta House

For additional information about the neighborhood, take the housing tour or contact University Circle Inc. (216) 791-3900.

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