Guess Where: Mary Chisholm Painter Arch

Nearly all of the guesses to this week’s “Guess Where” photo were correct, naming the sculpture in the image as a feature of the Mary Chisholm Painter Arch.

The arch, located just off Euclid Avenue near the Church of the Covenant, dates back to 1904. William and Mary Stone Chisholm gave the arch as a gift in memory of their daughter, who died three years earlier. William Chisholm, a Cleveland businessman, had connections to some of the Western Reserve University trustees.

Charles Schweinfurth designed the arch.

Symbolically, the arch has come to represent the transformation students experience as students at the university.

The arch is formally named the Mary Chisholm Painter Memorial Gateway, but has also been called “Painter Arch” and Mather Arch” over the years.