25 of Cleveland's Oldest Surviving Buildings You Can Still Visit Today

Cleveland is home to loads of historic buildings, some more intact than others. We've put together a list of the Cleveland's oldest buildings still in use today that you absolutely should visit (if you're into all that history stuff and what not).

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Dunham Tavern
6709 Euclid Ave., 216-431-1060
Dunham Tavern holds the crown title of being the oldest building still standing in the city of Cleveland. Built in 1824 as the home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham, this midtown historic site opened to the public as a non-profit museum in 1941. 
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Dunham Tavern

6709 Euclid Ave., 216-431-1060

Dunham Tavern holds the crown title of being the oldest building still standing in the city of Cleveland. Built in 1824 as the home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham, this midtown historic site opened to the public as a non-profit museum in 1941.

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St. John's Episcopal Church
2600, Church Ave. W 26th St., 216-505-5690
Located in the Ohio City neighborhood, St. John’s Episcopal Church is the oldest consecrated building in Cuyahoga county. Construction of the stone gothic revival church building began in 1836 and was completed in 1838. 
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St. John's Episcopal Church

2600, Church Ave. W 26th St., 216-505-5690

Located in the Ohio City neighborhood, St. John’s Episcopal Church is the oldest consecrated building in Cuyahoga county. Construction of the stone gothic revival church building began in 1836 and was completed in 1838.

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Phillip Gaensslen House
3050 Prospect Ave., 216-431-9100.
Located in Cleveland’s historic Prospect Neighborhood, this Italianate Mansion was built in 1883 as a family home for Phillip Gaensslen, then owner of the only German language newspaper in Cleveland. 
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Phillip Gaensslen House

3050 Prospect Ave., 216-431-9100.

Located in Cleveland’s historic Prospect Neighborhood, this Italianate Mansion was built in 1883 as a family home for Phillip Gaensslen, then owner of the only German language newspaper in Cleveland.

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Harbor Inn
1219 Main Ave., 216-241-3232
Open since 1895, Harbor Inn is the oldest continuously operating bar in Cleveland. You can grab a shot and a beer there on the Flats West Bank. 
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Harbor Inn

1219 Main Ave., 216-241-3232

Open since 1895, Harbor Inn is the oldest continuously operating bar in Cleveland. You can grab a shot and a beer there on the Flats West Bank.

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Riverside Cemetery Chapel
3607 Pearl Rd.
This historic chapel was built in 1876 as part of Riverside Cemetery. Having undergone numerous repairs and renovations over the years, the Gothic Revival-style chapel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. 
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Riverside Cemetery Chapel

3607 Pearl Rd.

This historic chapel was built in 1876 as part of Riverside Cemetery. Having undergone numerous repairs and renovations over the years, the Gothic Revival-style chapel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

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Franklin Castle
4308 Franklin Blvd.
Built in the early 1880’s for a prosperous German immigrant, it's a well-known fact that this Ohio City house is more than a little haunted. 
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Franklin Castle

4308 Franklin Blvd.

Built in the early 1880’s for a prosperous German immigrant, it's a well-known fact that this Ohio City house is more than a little haunted.

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The Arcade Cleveland
401 Euclid Ave., 216-696-1408
When it opened in 1890, The Arcade Cleveland became the first indoor shopping center in the country. Today, Hyatt Regency Cleveland occupies the top three levels of the atrium while retailers continue to operate in the lower two. 
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The Arcade Cleveland

401 Euclid Ave., 216-696-1408

When it opened in 1890, The Arcade Cleveland became the first indoor shopping center in the country. Today, Hyatt Regency Cleveland occupies the top three levels of the atrium while retailers continue to operate in the lower two.

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The Garfield Building
1965 E 6th St., 866-659-6613
Constructed in 1893 by the sons of President James A. Garfield, this 10-story highrise was Cleveland’s first steel frame skyscraper. Today, it houses apartment buildings and the Marble Room, an upscale restaurant. 
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The Garfield Building

1965 E 6th St., 866-659-6613

Constructed in 1893 by the sons of President James A. Garfield, this 10-story highrise was Cleveland’s first steel frame skyscraper. Today, it houses apartment buildings and the Marble Room, an upscale restaurant.

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Cleveland Grays Armory Museum
1234 Bolivar Rd., 216-621-5938
Known for being the oldest privately owned armory in the U.S., this Cleveland landmark was constructed in 1893 to house the Cleveland Grays, an independent volunteer militia company founded in 1837. 
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Cleveland Grays Armory Museum

1234 Bolivar Rd., 216-621-5938

Known for being the oldest privately owned armory in the U.S., this Cleveland landmark was constructed in 1893 to house the Cleveland Grays, an independent volunteer militia company founded in 1837.

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5th Street Arcades
530 Euclid Ave., 216-583-0500
Restyled as the 5th Street Arcades, the Colonial and Euclid arcades were established in 1898 and 1911 respectively. You can still buy local wares there today. 
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5th Street Arcades

530 Euclid Ave., 216-583-0500

Restyled as the 5th Street Arcades, the Colonial and Euclid arcades were established in 1898 and 1911 respectively. You can still buy local wares there today.

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