Middough Arts Center

Playhouse Square, the Cleveland Playhouse, and Cleveland State University  have created an arts education collaborative unlike any other in the nation.  This project entailed the acquisition and renovation of the Middough Building to be used as the administrative offices, rehearsal halls, and classroom space for this collaboration.

Project Partners: Fifth Third; Huntington National Bank; Northeast Ohio Development Fund

Project Details

Completed 2012
Location 1901 E 13th Street; Playhouse Square Neighborhood
Project Type Commercial; Historic Rehab
Program 300,000 SF commercial
Sponsor Playhouse Square Foundation
CDA Investment $5 million NMTC allocation from CNMIF II
Total Project Costs $41.5 million
Community Demographics Poverty Rate: 41.8%
Median Income: 77.5%
Unemployment Rate: 29.3%


  • Cultural Amenities to Low Income Community

    The Middough Building will house the support services for the performance space in the Allen Theatre.

  • Environmentally Sustainable Outcomes

    The redevelopment project targeted LEED Silver certification.

  • Job Creation

    Renovation of the Middough Building will create 50 construction jobs. Upon completion, the presence of dedicated space and new opportunities for growth will create more than 20 jobs.

  • Advances Neighborhood Revitalization

    The project is a key component in Cleveland State University's ongoing commitment to building a 24-7 downtown community.

  • Accessible Public Transit

    The project is located on the RTA Healthline, the bus route that connects University Circle to Public Square.