Let me start by saying I’m a little bit biased because my house is on this street. But I think an impartial observer would agree that Franklin Boulevard is probably the most important historic street on Cleveland’s west side.
See for yourself:
The street runs from W. 25th in Ohio City through the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood and into Cudell. In between there are dozens of beautifully restored Victorian homes. Most range in origin from the mid-1800s to early in the 20th Century.
The most famous of these is probably Franklin Castle (pictured above), which unfortunately is without an owner currently. This house has been called the most haunted house in Ohio.
Another really distinctive one is the Cuyahoga County Archives building (I’m sure there’s a more proper name).
Then there’s dozens of little beauties like these:
The list literally goes on and on.