Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland's Oldest Electric Street Lamp

Charles F. Brush debuted the first electric street lights across the street 1879. This fancy art nouveau lamp, a tribute to Brush, was switched on in 1890.

Address:
151 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH
Directions:
Downtown, across from Cleveland Public Square park, at the intersection of Rockwell Ave. and Ontario St.
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Art nouveau street lamp installed in 1890.

World's First Electric Street Lamp

Invented by Charles F. Brush of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1879.

[Stephen Francia, 07/27/2020]

Not exactly. The art nouveau lamp was designed in 1890 to commemorate Brush's Cleveland street lights, which were no-frills blinding arc lamps on outdoor towers erected just across the street. They'd been taken down by the time this lamp went up.


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