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Neighborhood

Originally settled by Eastern Europeans, Appalachians, Greeks, Polish and African-Americans, Tremont is one of Cleveland's oldest neighborhoods with architectural gems evoking its rich cultural heritage.

Tremont was once named University Heights in tribute to the hosting of the city's first institution of higher learning - Cleveland University - which operated in the neighborhood from 1851 to 1853. The current street names "Professor", "College", "University" and "Literary" are remnants of this period.

The name of the neighborhood was changed later to Lincoln Heights to commemorate the area's role as the site of two Union Army camps during the Civil War.

The small town character fostered by the isolation created by the development of the interstates along with the unique mix of architectural styles and proximity to Downtown, has spurred a renewed interest in urban living in the neighborhood.

In the 1970s and '80s, artists began to settle in the area, drawn by the fantastic homes and churches, downtown and river views, cheap studio space - as well as the unique European feel of the neighborhood. Their presence made the community exciting again, and hard work by neighbors, business owners and institutions resulted in a rebirth of Tremont. Today, the neighborhood is home to artists and galleries, award-winning restaurants featuring fine food and authentic ethnic cuisine, boutique shops, upscale housing and rehabbed Victorians, churches, institutions, parks, libraries and coffee shops.