37 Vintage Photos of Public Square in Downtown Cleveland

Public Square in Downtown Cleveland underwent a $50 million renovation project that was unveiled shortly before the 2016 Republication National Convention. But before all that, here's what the spot looked like.

Photos courtesy of the Cleveland Memory Project

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Carrie Nation standing outside the E & C Cafe on Public Square in Cleveland in 1907 from the Cleveland Press's Olden Album
Carrie Nation standing outside the E & C Cafe on Public Square in Cleveland in 1907 from the Cleveland Press's Olden Album
Cleveland 1835 looking west from center of Public Square.
Cleveland 1835 looking west from center of Public Square.
Cleveland Press electronic ticker on Public Square, 1944
Cleveland Press electronic ticker on Public Square, 1944
Cleveland residents in Public Square for a Festival of Freedom ceremony, 1952
Cleveland residents in Public Square for a Festival of Freedom ceremony, 1952
Close-up of statue outside Federal Building and Post Office, 1912
Close-up of statue outside Federal Building and Post Office, 1912
Crowd at Public Square, 1930
Crowd at Public Square, 1930
Crowd crossing street in front of Fanny Farmer candy store at Public Square, 1938
Crowd crossing street in front of Fanny Farmer candy store at Public Square, 1938
Crowd gathered on Public Square outside of the Old Stone Church for the memorial service for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1968
Crowd gathered on Public Square outside of the Old Stone Church for the memorial service for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1968
Detail of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, here with the Terminal Tower, 50 Public Square., 1965
Detail of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, here with the Terminal Tower, 50 Public Square., 1965
Decorations in Public Square, 1931
Decorations in Public Square, 1931