Dunham Tavern

The Dunham Tavern, located at 6709 Euclid Avenue, is the oldest building in Cleveland, Ohio. Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham built their first home on the site in 1824, and the existing taproom was built in 1842.[2] It is believed to be the first building constructed on Euclid Avenue east of East 55th Street[3] and the first frame house on the street.[4] It later became a stagecoach stop and tavern.

Dunham Tavern
Dunham Tavern
Location6709 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio
Coordinates41°30′16.4″N 81°38′35.6″W
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
NRHP reference #74001439[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 25, 1974


Cleveland activist and landscape architect, A. Donald Gray purchased the home in 1932, restoring the 19th century architecture and replanting the orchard. Gray later established a non-profit organization tasked with maintaining the property. The home was re-opened as the Dunham Tavern Museum in 1941.[5]

In 1982, the two non-profit organizations that cared for the property – Dunham Tavern, Inc. (est. by Gray in 1936) and the Society of Collectors, Inc. (which assumed responsibility for the tavern in 1941) – merged into one corporate entity, the Corp. of Dunham Tavern Museum.[3]

Landmark Status

The Dunham Tavern was named a Cleveland Landmark in 1973[3] and added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 25, 1974.[1]

See also


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. Herrick, Clay Jr. (1986). Cleveland Landmarks. Cleveland, Ohio: Landmarks Publishing Company. pp. 68–69.
  3. "Dunham Tavern". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. 1997-06-15. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  4. "Rufus Dunham Tavern, 6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH". Historic American Buildings Survey. Library of Congress. 1934-04-01. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  5. "Dunham Tavern". Cleveland Historical. Cleveland State University. Retrieved 2013-05-13.