Was Cleveland's Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Designed by Milano Monuments?

No, Milano Monuments did not design and erect the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument located in Public Square in downtown Cleveland. According to Wikipedia, it was designed by architect Levi Scofield who also created the monument's sculptures. It opened July 4, 1894. The key features of the exterior of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Cleveland are four groups of bronze statuary, representing the four principal branches of the United States Armed Service; Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry and the Navy. To learn more about one of Cleveland's most famous monuments, visit the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument web site.  The monument commemorates Civil War soldiers and sailors from Cuyahoga County, Ohio. However, Milano Monuments does design and erect monuments to honor soldiers, public officials and marines. The city of Cleveland and many other communities around Cleveland have contracted with Milano Monuments to build monuments. These monuments pay tribute to individuals who served the state of Ohio and the city of Cleveland as well as groups who have performed a valuable service for their community or country.

An example of a monument designed and built by Milano Monuments is the soldier statue for the The Wounded Warrior Memorial located in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137 in Medina, Ohio, just south of Cleveland. It commemorates veterans who have been injured in battle. It was sculpted from black granite and erected in 2013.  Another example is the monument built for the John T. Corrigan Memorial at Huntington Park at West 3rd and Lakeside in downtown Cleveland. This Cleveland monument honors and pays tribute to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.

Visit The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History web site for information about famous Cleveland civic monuments including the Garfield Monument, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, the Statue of Tom L. Johnson (Cleveland’s 35th mayor), the Cultural Gardens and the Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen Free Stamp. For more information about famous Cleveland monuments read the list which describes publicly accessible outdoor sculpture and monuments in Greater Cleveland and limited to Cuyahoga County at http://ech.cwru.edu/Resource/text/OSAMIGC.html. The first major monument dedicated in Cleveland (September 1860) was a 25' tall Italian-marble statue of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. The original 1860 marble statue is now located in Perrysburg, Ohio which was named after the American naval commander. Milano Monuments does build monuments for Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland but did not build the most famous monument in the cemetery which is the James A. Garfield Memorial which was built to pay tribute to the 20th U.S. President.

Man-made landmarks and statues are frequently referred to as monuments because of their symbolism. For information about designated landmarks in Cleveland, click here for a list. One of the most famous statues in Cleveland is the Moses Cleveland statue which resides in the southwest quadrant of Cleveland's Public Square. This statue, which appeared in the the movies Major League and Draft Day, was not sculpted by Milano Monuments. J. C. Hamilton designed and built the statue of Cleveland's founder in 1888. The Moses Cleveland bronze statue was erected by the Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve in 1888. The Early Settlers Association is responsible for a number of monuments, markers, plaques and statues located in Cleveland, Ohio. Click here to learn more about these tributes to historic people and events from Cleveland's past.