“This kids not alright…”

“THISKIDSNOTALRIGHT” – Awolnation (2013)

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On East 22nd Street, between Central and Cedar Avenues, in downtown Cleveland: the former Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and Detention Center building. Completed in 1932, it was considered to be the finest model for such a legal institution in the country. The court moved to updated facilities in 2011 and the building, a city landmark, has been put up for sale. Hopefully it will be utilized again, preserving the historical relevance and beautiful details of this building.

Photos taken June 3, 2014


4 responses

  1. they are cool.
    lots of work to make them.


    June 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  2. These are gorgeous photos of beautiful if sentimentalised images of children. My only reservation is whether they are entirely appropriate for a County Juvenile Court and Detention Center building: by presenting idealised images of innocent childhood they deny that children are, like adults, highly individual, with their own personalities; the bas-reliefs are a reflection of a paternalistic attitude which regards youngsters as needing to be protected when in fact they need to take risks and learn from their mistakes. That said, they are indeed charming and unusual, and let’s hope the building’s buyers are benign enough to respect them and the rest of the superb architecture.


    June 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    • Interesting thoughts. I suppose it was a different age when these concepts were not yet commonplace. I don’t have a problem with idealized representations in this case. It was one of the first institutions of it’s kind in America– a separate court and detention facility for non-adults… a sort of experiment, or “growth”– The building decor gave the facility a public persona that was “positive” rather than “grim” in the neighborhood that it was built. Your comments make me think hard… thank you!


      June 14, 2014 at 8:34 pm

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