Neighborhoods: Tremont

(photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Life)
(photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Life)

Contributed by Emily Poirier

Tremont, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods, and the former location of the defunct Cleveland University which has since become the lovely Lincoln Park, is an up and coming neighborhood full of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and historic attractions.

Located west of the Cuyahoga River and south of the Ohio City neighborhood and Downtown, the most popular and walkable Tremont area is centered around the Chelsea Building, one of the oldest high rise buildings in the city.

Tremont is home to a number of noteworthy restaurants including Lolita, a trendy spot from the well-known chef and restaurateur, Michael Symon, and more casual eateries featuring sunny patios like The South Side and Fat Cats. No meal in Tremont is complete without a visit to Lily’s Handmade Chocolates, a treat for both chocolate lovers and craft beer devotees, or a stop at one of the two ice cream shops, Tremont Scoops and Churned.

Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia)
Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia)

Aside from food and sweet confections Tremont boasts numerous other attractions. This includes quirky clothing and accessory stores like Evie Lou and Banyan Tree, a seemingly endless number of art galleries like Brandt Gallery, Eikona Gallery, and Inside-Outside Art Gallery, and The Loop which is in a league all its own as a two story coffee shop with an extensive record store hidden away on the second floor.

The area is also known for its historic churches which offer a range of different architecture styles like St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Movie buffs will especially enjoy A Christmas Story House and Museum, the original home featured in the 1983 film, and adjacent museum that are both open to the public for tours. And Lemko Hall on West 11th Street, a building with a rich history of its own that is now home to retail establishments and condominiums, but is best known for being the location of the wedding reception in the 1978 movie, The Deer Hunter.

(photo courtesy of Fresh Water)
(photo courtesy of Fresh Water)











More information

Tremont City Guide.

Tremont Historic District. National Park Service






Religious Services

By Jill Tatem, Host Committee member

Temple Tifereth Israel (Photographer Stu Spivack via Flickr Creative Commons)
Temple Tifereth Israel (Photographer Stu Spivack via Flickr Creative Commons

For our observant colleagues and those who appreciate the benefits of quiet moments in sacred spaces, here are some of Cleveland’s downtown houses of worship.

Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist
1007 Superior Avenue; masses daily

Old Stone Church
91 Public Square; Sunday services

Trinity Cathedral (Episcopalian)
2230 Euclid Ave; services on Sundays and Thursdays

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
2062 E. 30th St; Sunday services.

These sources can assist in finding other churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques:

Cleveland Old Stone Church
Cleveland Old Stone Church (Photographer James E. Walker. Jr. via Flickr Creative Commons)

Cleveland’s Downtown Parks and Green Spaces

By Rita Knight-Gray, Host Committee member

Parks, green spaces, whatever the name, Cleveland has 167 parks, not including the Metro parks (Emerald Necklace) or State Parks.  In the downtown area there are 11 parks/ green spaces from 0.09-acres on East 9th and Rockwell Avenue to Public Square’s 4-acre green space in the center of downtown. These are great places to have lunch (in most cases food trucks will be in the area), enjoy the lake’s cool breeze, people-watch, relax, reflect, and release. There are historical parks, like the 1796 Settlers Landing on the Cuyahoga River at the end of St. Clair Avenue where Moses Cleaveland landed. Public Square, which was also created at that time, contains the Perry Monument and the Soldiers’ Sailors’ Monument along with its many changes in 1976 and 1986. Public Square is also the site of a completely new green space for 2016, so please, pardon our dust!

Public Square. (Photo via
Public Square. (Photo via

Our downtown parks include:

Plan your Week!


Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. you can read, take a load off, relax, or people-watch while enjoying lunch at the Cleveland Public Library Eastman Reading Garden on 325-525 Superior nestled between the two library buildings in the heart of downtown. Dedicated in 1937 in honor of Linda Ann Eastman (1867–1963), Director of the Cleveland Public Library from 1918 – 1938, this small green space was turned into a quaint slice of heaven after the building of the Louis Stokes library addition.

Cleveland Public Library. (photo by Rita Knight-Gray)
Cleveland Public Library Eastman Reading Garden (photo by Rita Knight-Gray)


Old Stone Church. (Photo via
Old Stone Church, 91 Public Square. (Photo via

Public Square may be in the rebuilding stage, but Tuesday is “Beats and Eats,” and food trucks will be across the street from the Square near the Old Stone Church.  The First Presbyterian Church, later known as the Old Stone Church, grew from a Plan of Union Sunday school established in 1820, then incorporated as the First Presbyterian Society in 1827. It is the oldest structure on Public Square and one of Cleveland’s few early churches remaining in its original location. The sandstone church was the second church within the Cleveland limits, built at Ontario St. and Public Square during the early 1830s.


Ralph J. Perk Plaza Park. (photo by Rita Knight-Gray)
Ralph J. Perk Plaza Park. (photo by Rita Knight-Gray)

The Ralph J. Perk Plaza Park on 12th and Chester/Walnut is near the food truck available on Walnut Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. It is named after Cleveland’s 52nd mayor and first Republican to win a countywide office since the mid-1930s. The park was redeveloped in 2012 to accommodate the increase of the downtown residential population.


Voinovich Bicentennial Park hosts the food trucks’ Lunch by the Lake on Thursdays from noon – 2 p.m. Located behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center at the end of the 9th street pier, this quaint park provides a place to take your dog for a walk or simply relax in the shade. Major events like the Cleveland Wine Festival have taken place here along with music events and other events. It is a great place to have lunch, enjoy the cool lake breezes, and watch the people and various boats that pass by.


Willard Park FREE stamp. (photo by Rita Knight-Gray)
Willard Park with Oldenburg’s Free Stamp. (photo by Rita Knight-Gray)

Willard Park consists of 0.72 acres of green space located on East 9th and Lakeside Avenue next to Cleveland City Hall, a few blocks from where the lake offers Food Truck Fridays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  On Lakeside Avenue sits Oldenburg’s Free Stamp that was commissioned by the Standard Ohio Company (SOHIO) in 1982.  Originally, the sculpture was to be displayed in front of the new SOHIO headquarters in the Public Square area; unfortunately British Petroleum (BP) acquired SOHIO, and the project was canceled.  In 1991 BP agreed to continue the project but not to have the stamp in front of BP headquarters. After additional negotiations between the city and the artist, an agreement was made to place it in Willard Park, not standing upright but laying on its side, with the words “free” visible.