Union-Miles Park is part of one of the earliest settlements in Cleveland’s Western Reserve, and the neighborhood remains rich in tradition to this day. Close to downtown, yet nestled with residential homes, Union-Miles Park is a close-knit community.
Miles Park received the third Carnegie Library donated to Cleveland and served as the terminal point for the first Cleveland streetcar lines that headed southeast out of the growing city. The library is situated in the Miles Park Historical District, at Miles Park Avenue between Miles and Harvard avenues and East 93rd Street and Broadway Avenue.
The library was restored in 2001 using historic tax credits. It is now the home of the Union Miles Development Corp. The building showcases the historic beauty of the 1800s while incorporating modern amenities. It’s not uncommon to see children playing in the gated yard surrounding the library.
“I think we did a good job of blending old and new,” says Debra Prater, executive director of Union Miles Development Corp. “I think it anchors our historic district perfectly.”