The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the city's enduring assets and a legacy of its history as an industrial powerhouse. Like other American temples for art built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries'in Detroit, St. Louis, Toledo'this Neoclassical pavilion, completed in 1916 on a rise overlooking a verdant Olmsted Brothers park, reflects the lavish patronage of a wealthier era. Among the finest art museums in the country, it has an encyclopedic collection with unsurpassed holdings of Asian art.
Even as the city's fortunes declined over the last half-century, the Cleveland Museum continued to add to its original building. Yet several expansions'including a 1971 education wing designed by Marcel Breuer'resulted in a hodgepodge of interior spaces and confused circulation. In 2001, Rafael Vi'oly won a design competition to expand the museum again.