The Warehouse District is Cleveland's first neighborhood and downtown's oldest commercial district. Originally designated as a residential community, the District became the hub of Cleveland commercial life in post Civil War years. Throughout the early 1800's, Cleveland's most prominent citizens and earliest businesses thrived between the Cuyahoga River and Public Square.
Bound by Superior Avenue to the south, Front Street to the north, West 3rd Street to the east and West 10th Street to the west, the Warehouse District encompasses approximately 43 acres and contains over 70 remaining structures. These structures represent some of the finest examples of Victorian commercial architecture (circa 1850-1920) in the United States and were built to house wholesale grocers, dry goods merchants, hardware distributors, garment manufacturers and chandleries. The District also housed the offices of Cleveland's newspapers, several hotels, and one of Cleveland's earliest theatres, the Academy of Music, site of John Wilkes Booth's final performance prior to Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Prominent buildings in this area include the Rockefeller, Perry-Payne, Hoyt, Bradley and the Western Reserve as this is where Cleveland's early industrialists made their fortunes.
After decades of neglect, the Historic Warehouse District has been rediscovered through significant historic restoration. Since the 1980's, the District has emerged as a unique mixed-use office, residential and retail area. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982, the Warehouse District is home to an exciting mecca of restaurants, galleries, specialty shops, businesses and nightclubs. The District is also Cleveland's only downtown residential neighborhood complete with dramatic loft living and elegantly restored buildings. The District's central location, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, complementary new use of undeveloped sites and its distinctive identity provide needed texture and lasting influence in shaping Cleveland's urban fabric.
Located within walking distance from Gateway, Gund Arena, Tower City and the long-awaited Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Warehouse District is fast becoming one of Cleveland's premier destinations.