The Shaker Heights Public library, formerly Moreland Elementary School
Shaker Heights is an upscale suburb of Cleveland in Northeast Ohio. The town was one of America's first planned suburban communities and has served as the home of many of the region's corporate, legal and health care leaders. It previously served as an enclave for the North Union Shaker Community.
Shaker Heights was originally established in 1822 as the North Union Settlement of the Shaker community, a religious group that established several communities throughout the eastern and midwestern United States. This group was responsible for damming Doan Brook and creating the Shaker Lakes, but the group's strict practice of celibacy eventually led to their demise in the late 1800s.
In 1912 the village of Shaker Heights was incorporated by the Van Sweringen brothers who envisioned a garden community for commuters to Cleveland. The brothers set aside land for churches and schools, laid out curving streets, planted trees, and established a streetcar system (today's RTA) that led directly from the city to downtown Cleveland. The town's strict building codes led to a distinctive architectural identity, and today many of the mansions and other buildings found in the city are featured in architectural texts.
Over the years the town's residents have included a variety of famous business and entertainment personalities including actor Paul Newman, comedian Molly Shannon, and football player Nate Clements.
Shaker History Society, 16740 South Park Blvd, ☎ +1 216 921-1201, . 2pm-5pm Tu We Th Fr Su. A small museum about the Quaker sect that settled in the area in the 19th century.$2. edit
Shaker Heights Public Library, 16500 Van Aken Boulevard, . Housed in a large former school building, the main Shaker library offers books, multimedia, and computers. A second branch is located at 20600 Fayette Road near the Middle School.edit
Shaker Heights Community Rose Garden, Located on Woodbury Road, between Woodbury and Onaway elementary schools, . edit
Malcolm Brown Gallery, 20100 Chagrin Boulevard, ☎ +1 216 751-2955. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm. edit
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Blvd, ☎ +1 216 321-5935, . Center 10am-5pm Mo-Sa 1pm-5pm Su, Trails dawn to dusk. Hiking trails, including one wheel-chair accessible boardwalk trail, as well nature programs and exhibits inside the center.edit
Shaker Heights Thornton Park, 3301 Warrensville Center, ☎ +1 216 491-1295, . This park offers an ice skating rink, tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard park, batting cages, and a large outdoor swimming pooledit
Shaker Square, (on Shaker Blvd just west of Coventry), . While technically located in the city of Cleveland, Shaker Square is a historic shopping district with independent stores and unique restaurants located just north of the city border.edit
Shaker Plaza and Van Aken Center, 20119 Van Aken Blvd (Van Aken Blvd and Warrensville Rd). Home to several restaurants and a number of boutique shops.edit
Shaker Town Center, 16722 Chagrin Blvd (Chagrin Blvd and Lee Rd). This shopping center offers a range of fast food options, groceries, a book store, and other shopping options.edit
Shaker Shop, Shaker Heights City School District Administration Building, 15600 Parkland Drive, . Offers unique Shaker logo clothing and accessories.edit
Pearl of the Orient Restaurant, 20121 Van Aken Blvd, ☎ +1 216 751-8181, . edit
SASAmatsu Japanese Izakaya Asian Bistro, 13120 Shaker Square, ☎ +1 216 767-1111, . Open until midnight (Su until 10pm). This restaurant is located at the border between Shaker Heights and Cleveland.edit
Taste China Restaurant, 20166 Van Aken Blvd, ☎ +1 216 991-4828. edit
The Ludlow neighborhood in southwestern Shaker Heights overlaps with the city of Cleveland proper, and it is a noted problem area. It is a primarily residential area, and it is unlikely any tourists should venture into this neighborhood.
Beachwood - A neighboring suburb that is home to Beachwood Place Mall and numerous other shopping and dining options.
Cleveland - The major city that dominates the region, Cleveland has experienced a revival in recent years and offers numerous food, lodging and entertainment options.
Cleveland Heights - A neighboring suburb that is home to the Coventry District, a funky neighborhood with shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
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