Although the story is set in Washington DC, Captain America: Winter Soldier was mostly filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. The city is an excellent stand-in for DC on the big screen. Here are some of the Captain America sites to keep an eye out for the next time you’re in Cleveland.
Cleveland Museum of Art
The massive glass lobby of the Triskelion Building is actually the atrium of the brand new Cleveland Museum of Art, which had its grand opening in 2012. When it doesn't have agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. running around, this museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of over 43,000 works of art from around the world, including impressive collections of Asian and Egyptian works.
Western Reserve Historical Society History Center
When Steve Roger bikes across town to the Captain America Exhibit at the Smithsonian, in actuality, he was really just biking a few metres away to the Western Reserve Historical Society History Centre. When not showcasing Captain America 's own legend, this museum collects and preserves the history of the Western Reserve native people who lived across several counties in Ohio, as well as some portions of Pennsylvania. Inside the History Center has several different museums, each with their own exhibits. These museums include the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, the Chisholm Halle Costume Museum, Hay-McKinney House and Bingham-Hanna House. However, Captain America: Winter Soldier took hearty advantage of the museum's Auto and Aviation Collection. Portions of its collection of period automobiles, aircraft, bicycles and motorcycles can all be seen during the Captain America Exhibit scenes.
After Steve Rogers is reminded of his past, he heads to pay a visit to his 95-year-old ex-girlfriend Peggy Carter, who resides in a beautiful 1915 mansion. This mansion is located in Cleveland Heights and is formally named Halcourt Manor. Halcourt Manor is an Elizabethan Tudor gem that Kermode Gill, the builder of the Terminal Tower, built for himself. Although Captain America: Winter Soldier fans would love to get inside, it is a private residence that belongs to Jim Herget, but it is still just as beautiful on the outside.
Tower City Center
When the Captain finds himself on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D. he meets Black Widow in an Apple Store to access the contents of a memory stick Nick Fury has given him. The Apple Store isn't anything special – you can find them in every city – but this one is located within Cleveland's Tower City Center. Movie goers can see the beautiful fountain pools and various stores in the background of the scenes.
Cleveland Trust Building
After Captain America and the Winter Soldier finally meet in a furious brawl at Lakeside at West 3rd Street in downtown Cleveland, the Winter Soldier is whisked away to be rebooted in what is shown to be the Cleveland Trust Building. Observant viewers will recognize this building from Avengers Assemble as a "New York" bank where Captain America previously rescued a bunch of cornered civilians. This 29 story high rise building was done in the brutalist style and has always given a true big city feel to Cleveland.
Lake View Cemetery & Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant
Meanwhile, Captain America and his allies regroup at a grungy underground concrete bunker. The exterior of their secret temporary base is the huge Lake View Dam located in the middle of the Lake View Cemetery just outside the Little Italy portion of Cleveland. However, the interiors of the base were shot in the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant. There is also a somber grave scene that takes place in the Lake View Cemetery itself. The Lake View Cemetery is home to more than a few notable figures in history, like billionaire John D Rockefeller and the 20th President of the United States, James A Garfield. It’s also the resting place for a few characters that movie goers may have seen immortalized in films, like Cleveland grump Harvey Pekar, who was immortalized by Paul Giamatti in American Splendor, or the legendary prohibition agent Elliot Ness, who was portrayed by Kevin Costner in The Untouchables.