Breaking Ground

Gardening victories: From war gardens to community gardens, Clevelanders have green thumbs
As Memorial Day weekend and the summer planting season approach, the FreshWater staff took a look at Cleveland’s history of community gardening to support the country’s war efforts and help with food insecurity.
Flat Iron Café: Cleveland’s oldest Irish bar
Cleveland Masterworks: The Flat Iron Cafe was established in 1910 on the east bank of the Flats, serving as a hotel and bar for hungry and tired workers and sailors. Today, 113 years later, the bar is still a Flats favorite.
Clean and Beautiful: Advocacy group plans second neighborhood clean-up event in Mount Pleasant
Neighborhood advocacy group Clean and Beautiful Cleveland Block2Block is on a mission to clean up Cleveland neighborhoods, one street at a time. On June 3, the group will be in Mount Pleasant, picking up litter and planting flowers. Volunteers are needed!
Warner & Swasey Observatory: A hilltop gem turned architectural relic
Cleveland Masterworks: In 1919 Worcester Warner and Ambrose Swasey built an observatory on a hill in East Cleveland, intending to use it for their own interests. In 1920, the partners in Warner & Swasey Company decided to gift the land and the observatory to Case School of Applied Science. For 60 years the facility was used for groundbreaking astronomical research before the city's light pollution forced it to close. Today, the observatory sits abandoned, decayed, and vandalized—a ghost of its former glory.
Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: Cleveland Play House, MedWish, FreshWater, and more
Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply.
Cleveland Restoration Society to reveal seventh Cleveland Civil Rights Trail marker
The Cleveland Restoration Society and the Cleveland Browns will unveil the seventh Cleveland Civil Right Trail marker, honoring Muhammad Ali, who refused to accept the Vietnam draft based on religious beliefs, and the athletes and supporters who stood with him at the Ali Summit.
Metroparks Zoo prepares to open Susie’s Bear Hollow habitat
Early this summer the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will open its new Bear Hollow, an $8.5 million 18,600 square foot facility. Designed by Van Auken Akins and WDM Architects, the habitat will house two adult Andean bears and two adult sloth bears.
The Caxton Building: A haven for artists and entrepreneurs for 120 years
Cleveland Masterworks: Cleveland architect Frank Seymour Barnum designed the 1903 Caxton Building for a group of successful entrepreneurs who wanted to accommodate the needs of printers and artists. With its Romanesque design with great architectural detail, reinforced concrete floors, large windows, and its signature water tower perched on the roof, the Caxton continues to be a small business haven to this day.
On the prowl: Young bobcat joins the Perkins Wildlife family at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Diego, a one-year-old bobcat, arrived the CMNH's Perkins Wildlife Center in March. He is adapting well to his new home and getting to know fellow bobcats Bob and Bitty.
Marching on: Parade the Circle makes its triumphant return after three years
After a three-year hiatus, Parade the Circle is about to return. The huge workshop tent is going up and people are welcome to come create their costumes, take a workshop, or help the contractors and artists.
The Little Blue Cottage and Forest Hill: Real estate offices of Rockefeller development
Cleveland Masterworks: The Forest Hill Historic District in Cleveland Heights is one of the first planned communities in the country, with homes designed by Andrew J. Thomas for John D. Rockefeller's development. Now the Abeyton Realty office needs repairs.
New purpose: Longfellow Elementary gets new life as affordable housing
CMSD's 1924 Longfellow Elementary School in Collinwood, designed by Cleveland schools architect Walter McCornack, was saved from demolition by the Cleveland Restoration Society and has been repurposed as affordable senior housing.
Harold Burdick: Eclectic architect in the Heights
Cleveland Masterworks: Harold Burdick was known for designing 28 houses in Shaker Heights and worked on the design of the Federal Reserve building. But he might be most noted for the futuristic design of his own home in Cleveland Heights.
Fourth Civil Rights Trail marker to be unveiled at Glenville High this weekend
The fourth marker on Cleveland Restoration Society's Cleveland Civil Rights Trail will be unveiled this Saturday, April 29, at Glenville High School’s 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program.
Woodhill Homes project earns $10 million HUD boost
The ongoing Woodhill Homes development project in the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood—a six-phase, six-year $250 million development project by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), the City of Cleveland, and Boston-based The Community Builders (TCB)—just received a boost through a $10 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods Supplemental Funding Grant.
Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: Beck Center, Apollo’s Fire, BlueBridge Networks, and more
Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply.
Beyerle Park: Trendsetter in late 19th Century resort amusement parks on the Interurban rail lines
Cleveland Masterworks: The 1883 opening of Beyerle Park in Slavic Village marked the beginning of Cleveland amusement parks geared toward attracting guests to rides, entertainment, and relaxation by the water.
Cuyahoga County initiative seeks to bridge the region’s digital divide
A partnership between Cuyahoga County, the State of Ohio, and PCs for People aims to increase access to broadband internet connections in Greater Cleveland households with affordable service plans.
Hollenden Hotel: Downtown Cleveland’s glamorous, colorful hotspot for nearly 100 years
Cleveland Masterworks: The 1885 Hollenden Hotel, just east of Public Square, was regarded as one of the most glamorous hotels in the country—attracting U.S. Presidents, industrial giants, and celebrities.
Tailgate year-round: Restaurant caters to Cleveland sports fans
The owners who brought the Haunted House Restaurant to Cleveland Heights in 2021 have just opened Tailgate Sports Bar & Grill with a Cleveland sports theme on the Cleveland State Campus.