By Ashley Hardison, Historic Preservation M.A. Candidate
In a neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland you can find a pocket of history and heritage linking the Italian culture to America, and they call it Little Italy. It’s a small neighborhood but they hold strong to tradition. The architecture shows Italian influence it the buildings, the color choices, and the decorations of the neighborhood. Populations and buildings have grown and adapted over time, but if you pay attention you can still see the true ethnic wonder that was and is Little Italy.
The influence of Italian architecture can be seen throughout Little Italy but most prominently in the construction of the Holy Rosary Church. Holy Rosary Church was built in 1892, and Italian architecture can be seen in the use of brick as well as keystone arches over the windows and doors. The Church is the tallest and most prominent building as well as being centered in the neighborhood. Italians hold strongly to religion with local saints and feast days a very important part of village life.
Have you ever asked yourself, what is college in Cleveland like? The Marketing Department recently went on a road trip to find out. Our goal is to showcase Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio area – on a student’s budget. During the trip, we planned to spend about $50 ($25 a piece for two people).
After Chagrin Falls, we headed to Little Italy, also known as Murray Hill or The Hill. Little Italy, Cleveland’s east side historic neighborhood has long been a hub for Italian American culture. Known for it’s food and art galleries, the area has maintained it’s heritage since 1895.
Check out our notes and photos from our afternoon in Little Italy!
3 PM – Fuel Coffee Bar
Fuel Coffee Bar was created with college students in mind. Stop in for the relaxing atmosphere to hang out with friends or set up on the study bar equipped with multiple power sources for all your electronic needs.
3:30 PM – 5PM: Exploring Little Italy
10 Other Must Sees in Little Italy:
1. Presti’s Bakery
2. Museum of Contemporary Art
3. Mama Santa’s
4. Tony Brush Park
5. Holy Rosary Church
6. The Little Italy Heritage Museum
7. Corbo’s Bakery
8. Juma Gallery
9. La Trattoria
10. “Set in Stone” Walking Tour
Our next stop was dinner in Ohio City. Ciao!