The historic homes and landmarks of Brooklyn Centre are nestled along the edge of Lower Big Creek Valley, close to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Brookside Reservation. The neighborhood is anchored by MetroHealth Medical Center, one of the area's leading trauma centers. Formerly known as the Archwood-Denison neighborhood, Brooklyn Centre is located about ten minutes from downtown, accessible from Interstate 71 at the West 25th Street Exit.
Brooklyn Centre was first settled in the 1820s, and commercial development along Pearl Road grew after the establishment of a streetcar line in the mid-19th Century. Riverside Cemetery, established in 1876, adds character to the neighborhood with its variety of monuments and sandstone Victorian Chapel. Brookside Park, which is in the southwest corner of the neighborhood, was the site of many games of the Cleveland Amateur Baseball Association. The Association was formed to organize local amateur players in 1910 at a time when the professional Cleveland "Naps" were not doing so well. The stadium drew 6,000 to 8,000 fans regularly and up to 100,000 for special events. The stadium was natural in that the fans would sit on the hillside to watch the games. The stadium can still be seen today at the foot of Fulton Road hill, at the corner of Fulton Road and Denison Avenue.
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Brooklyn Centre is an area of significant housing and apartment building rehabilitation. A drive down Archwood or Mapledale Streets is evidence of the quality of the housing stock and careful rehabilitation being completed on many homes. The architecture of area homes ranges from the traditional Cleveland Colonials, doubles and duplexes to Victorian and Italianate styles.
The commercial district of the neighborhood is located along Pearl Road. Recently, new shopping opportunities have arisen with the building of the Brooklyn Centre Shoppes at the corner of Archwood and Pearl. In addition, the Farnsworth Building at Archwood and Pearl Road has been rehabbed into commercial space.