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Property Name Cleveland Centre Historic District
Reference Number 13001117
State Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Town Cleveland
Street Address roughly bounded by James Street on the north. the Cuyahoga River on the east and south and Riverbed Street on the west.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/22/2014
Areas of Significance commerce, industry, transportation, engineering and architecture
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The Cleveland Centre Historic District is significant under National Register Criterion A for its association with the transportation, commercial, and light industrial history of the city of Cleveland, Ohio; and Criterion C for the design and engineering significance of the nine bridges in and over the proposed district. This peninsula ofland on the east (or right) bank of the Cuyahoga River is remarkably rich in transportation-related history. It includes the site of the origination point of the Ohio & Erie Canal; railroad lines dating back to the 1850s; numerous river-level bridges that connect the east and west banks of the river; and high-level bridges that span the valley and facilitated the growth of Cleveland's west side. The proposed district is also significant for the commerce and industry that located here, much of which was dependent on the intersection of various forms of transportation. One of the most prominent and long-lived is Cereal Food Processors. Its predecessor firm, the Cleveland Milling Company, was founded in the late 19th century. The business today is thriving and utilizes rail, lake/river, and truck transportation. It is the last remaining grain processor on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. The area has a mix of late-19th to mid-20t century buildings, most of modest scale and design reflecting the utilitarian character of the area. In contrast, the nine bridges represent a very high level of engineering and design and are the most distinctive character-defining features of the district.


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