The Group Plan of 1903, which called for the construction of the Mall and surrounding buildings downtown, is the earliest and most fully realized plan for a major city outside of Washington, D.C. It is of current interest because of plans to build a medical mart on the west side of the Mall and has also been the subject of a recent article in the Plain Dealer.
In addition to the Mall, the final design by Daniel H. Burnham, Arnold W. Brunner, and John M. Carrere included the Federal Building, the Cuyahoga County Courthouse, Cleveland City Hall, Public Auditorium/Music Hall, the Cleveland Board of Education, and the Cleveland Public Library. A Union Terminal at the north end of the Mall along Lake Erie was also planned, but never built.
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