Gordon Square History

The Gordon Square Arts District was formed in 2007 by Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT), Near West Theatre (NWT) and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSDCO), owner of the Capitol Theatre. The partners raised $30 million to build a new community theatre, renovate a long-empty historic theatre into an independent movie theatre, renovate multiple spaces at an anchor theatre organization, build parking capacity and enhance Detroit Avenue with a streetscape.

Our work now shifts to building on this base to further grow the area economy and contribute to Cleveland’s renaissance. In 2014, during the final year of the campaign, GSAD began community planning to steward the investment and look to the future. A new Master Plan creates a framework for strengthening the Detroit Avenue core, connecting with the lake and nearby neighborhoods, maintaining focus on the arts and taking the neighborhood to the next level of success.


Master Plan

The Gordon Square Master Plan strives to continue the positive momentum that has made Gordon Square and Detroit Avenue into a regional destination for for arts and entertainment. Commissioned by the Gordon Square Arts District in 2014 and adopted by the City of Cleveland, the Gordon Square Master Plan is a comprehensive analysis of existing conditions that establish a planning framework for the future of Gordon Square Arts District. The plan focuses on four major goals:

  • Build on the Arts Identity
  • Build on the Physical Brand
  • Build on Market Strengths  
  • Build on Assets

For a copy of the Gordon Square Master Plan brochure, please call 216-961-4242 or or email us at admin@gordonsquare.org.


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