Blythe Oldfield Neighborhood History


Blythe Oldfield, the neighborhood Impact Cleveland serves, is rife with history. From the time of Native Americans and covered-wagon settlers, to its booming growth & development in the 1910's - 1950's (during which many homes in the neighborhood were built), and forward into the present day; this neighborhood has borne witness to the societal and cultural changes of history.

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The picture above is of Blythe Avenue Elementary in 1973. The school opened in 1940 and was kept open until its merge with T.C. Bower Elementary in the late 1990's. The school building is now leased by Family Resource Agency (who runs Head Start), and houses many local nonprofits, including Impact Cleveland.

Below is an image from 1919, when plans were originally drafted for this neighborhood to be developed.