“…everything zen… I don’t think so.”

I would drive by this old terrace apartment complex all the time… “The Emrose” definitely had seen better days.  In a troubled area on Cedar Avenue, in Cleveland’s east side Fairfax neighborhood, the Emrose is just one of too many structures that has fallen into disrepair and left for dead over the years. And for safety reasons, the buildings in this condition all eventually meet the same fate. After photographing the premises the first time, I happened back a few weeks later, and by chance caught the process of demolition.  The Emrose was built in 1907.

A green field now, like so many green plots of land throughout the city, where structures from yesterday once stood.

The Emrose Terrace Apartments complex was designed by Architect Edward E. Smith.

Smith was born in Cleveland in 1869 and attended Central High School. After high school he learned the craft of design working as a draftsman under Architect Fenimore C. Bate until 1889. Like Mr. Bate, Edward E. Smith began designing apartment and terraces throughout the City of Cleveland.

Most of the over 50 buildings and homes that were designed by Smith have been demolished over the years. But a few still do exist.

(above) The “Lucretia” Terrace Apartments built in 1905 at 4301 Woodbine, in Cleveland’s Ohio City Neighborhood.

(above) A private residence at 10324 Lake Avenue, on the city’s northwest side designed by Smith and built in 1925.

(above) At the intersection of Central Avenue and East 73rd Street, an Edward E. Smith designed Terrace building built in 1904.

(above) A Smith designed apartment building built in 1908, at 11201 Hessler Road, near the campus of Case-Western Reserve University.

(above) Just one block north of where The Emrose once stood, the beautiful Monticello apartment building sits at 7102 Carnegie Avenue, built in 1899, and designed by Edward E. Smith.

Etched into the foundation stone of the Monticello: the building’s architect, Edward E. Smith.

“Everything Zen” – BUSH (1995)

Photo of Edward E. Smith from the March 1905 edition of “The Ohio Architect and Builder”

Other Photos taken:
August 5,6, 2015
September 28, 2015
September 30, 2015
October 2, 2015
February 2, 2016
August 2, 2016
September 15, 2016


“Everyday brings change, and the world puts on a new face… sudden things rearrange, and this whole world seems like a new place…”

“The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” – The Marvelettes (1967)
“The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” – Massive Attack (feat. Tracey Thorn) (1995)

(10 photos)

In 1910, a grand house was built at this spot at 3289 East 55th Street, near Broadway Avenue, in Cleveland. And today the house still exists, though just by looking you would never know!

In 1919, the house was purchased and became the national headquarters for the First Catholic Slovak Union of America. In addition to administrative offices, the house also served as residence for the organization’s president. The organization was founded in Cleveland in 1892 as a fraternal benefit society for immigrant Slovaks and their families living and working in America, and provided insurance and other benefits.

The organization grew to over one hundred thousand members by the early 1930’s, and it became apparent that larger facilities were needed. It was then decided to expand their facilities and Cleveland architects Warner, Katonka and Miller were hired to convert the single family residence into the building that is pictured above. With Art-Deco style design features, the renovations and expansion to the house was completed in 1933, and served as the headquarters for the First Catholic Slovak Union of America until 1982. JEDNOTA, which the organization became popularly known as, means “Union” in the Slovak language, and appears over the front entrance to the building.

Photos taken March 30, 2016

“Up in the mornin’ and off to school… the teacher is teachin’ the golden rule. American history and practical math… you study ’em hard, hoping to pass…”

“School Days” – Chuck Berry (1957)
“School Days” – AC/DC (1975)

The third, and final incarnation of Central High School as it sits today, on East 40th Street in Cleveland.

Central High School was established on Prospect Avenue in 1846, as the first public High School in the City of Cleveland. Famous graduates of Central include John D. Rockefeller, John L. Severance, Marcus A. Hanna, Samuel Mather, and Langston Hughes. The above pictured Central High School was opened in 1940 and remained a high school until 1952, when it merged with EAST TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL on East 55th Street. Central was turned into a junior high school at that time, and most recently has been used as an elementary school location. Today it sits closed, waiting for its next use.

Photos taken February 29th, 2016

“…you’re ageless, timeless, lace and fineness… you’re beauty and elegance…”


“You’re In My Heart” – Rod Stewart (1977)

The Cleveland Carnegie West Library is one of the over 2,500 public libraries that were built around the world with grant funds from industrial giant and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It is among 104 Carnegie built public libraries in Ohio, and one of 14 in Cleveland. The very first Carnegie Library was opened in 1883 in the city of Dunfermline, Scotland, where Andrew Carnegie was born.

The Carnegie West Library was built at 1900 Fulton Road in Cleveland’s near-westside neighborhood of Ohio City in 1910. It was designed in a Modified Renaissance architectural style with elements of Classical style. Chosen to design the building was Edward Lippincott Tilton, a New York Architect, who designed over 100 libraries in the United States and Canada over the span of his career. The outer construction materials consist of brick, limestone and terra cotta.

Today, the Official Designated Cleveland Landmark– Carnegie West Library, at 25,000 square feet in size, is the largest branch in the Cleveland Public Library system. In 1979 the Library was completely renovated and restored after many years of deterioration. The terra cotta columns and ornate trim were restored utilizing a special epoxy injection and coating technique which saved the, in some cases, cracked and crumbling exterior to it’s beautiful original condition. The American Institute of Architects recognized the restoration project with their prestigious Preservation and Design Award.

Monochrome photos taken April 8, 2016
Color photos taken May 10, 2016

“I’ve been aware of the time going by… they say in the end it’s the wink of an eye…”


Hanging-on by a thread on Cleveland’s Lexington Avenue– an old farmhouse built and lived-in in the mid to late 1850’s by accomplished shipbuilder, and land owner, Luther Moses. Moses was born in West Farmington, Ohio in 1811, moving with his 6 brothers and sisters to Cleveland when he was five years old.

The old house originally faced west toward then Willson Street (East 55th Street) but sometime after Luther Moses died in 1895, the house was converted to a Lexington Avenue address with adjustments made to the original right side of the house, rendering it the “new” front, facing south.

Moses owned significant land in the general vacinity, which was on the “outskirts” of Cleveland at the time the house was built. Eventually the land was parceled off with additional streets created. New houses were built– today one of these houses still sits on the lot to the left of the old Moses House, on what was once the front yard of the farmhouse facing Willson Street.

According to local historians, the Luther Moses House is estimated to have been built in 1854, shortly after Mr. Moses retired as a wealthy ship manufacturer.  Cleveland librarian and historian, Christopher Busta-Peck, believes the house “… is of a finish quality unmatched in pre-Civil War construction in the city of Cleveland, east of the Cuyahoga River...”

The building is in rough shape today. In an inner city neighborhood that struggles against poverty, crime, and urban decay, the antebellum home seems bunkered down, patiently in waiting for a rebirth.

The interior of the structure has been stripped of almost everything that once made it a home. What does remain is much of the original woodwork, door and window framing, and two first floor fireplaces. There is evidence, as well, of redesign– both from when the “front” of the house changed from Willson Avenue/East 55th Street to it’s current Lexington Avenue front facing, as well as when, some time along the way, the structure was converted to a multi-unit dwelling. It was fascinating, if not a bit unsettling, to explore the cellar that Luther Moses must have utilized toward the end of his life. So many raw nooks and crannies that still exist in amongst the original disheveled stone foundation.


Almost unseen from today’s busy East 55th Street, the old Luther Moses farm house is another surviving urban historic relic, and official Cleveland Landmark that needs to be saved. From historical accounts, Luther Moses was a generous man with a big heart. He gave his wealth away during his lifetime, to those in need. I really do hope that his generosity can somehow be “paid forward” decades later, and the house at 5611 Lexington Avenue will be restored and preserved, for future generations.

The Pretender – Jackson Browne (1976)

Photos taken on May 12, August 27, and September 17, 2015.

“…with or without you…”

“With Or Without You”
– U2 (1987)

In 1886, the above structure was the carriage house built for Morris A. Bradley, and his wife, Anna A. Leininger-Bradley. The couple was married in Cleveland on May 10, 1883 and three years later had a luxurious English Manor mansion built on Euclid Avenue and Otis Street (E. 73rd Street.) The three-story, 2,500 square-foot carriage house was built directly behind the residence, nestle-in facing Otis Street at the corner of Simpson Avenue N.E. The new Bradley family homestead was the latest addition to Cleveland’s magnificent “Millionaires Row”– Euclid Avenue.

A map showing the Bradley Residence and carriage house (outlined in red.) From the “Plat Book of the City of Cleveland, Ohio, v 1 Hopkins, 1921” – Courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery.

And Morris Bradley was, indeed, a Millionaire.

Born in Cleveland in 1859, Morris A. Bradley was the son of a prominent Great Lakes shipbuilder and wealthy businessman.  Upon the death of his father in 1875, Morris took over all of the family’s business interests and was mightily prosperous.

During his lifetime, he grew his businesses and became one of Cleveland’s largest owners of real estate.  Among his accomplishments, he was President of the Cleveland and Buffalo Transportation Company, President of the United States Coal Company, President of the Bradley Electrical Company, President of the State National Bank (First National Bank of Cleveland,) and held lower-level positions in several other companies. As a respected member of the community, Mr. Bradley enjoyed membership in many fraternal and social clubs, including the Union Club (previously highlighted at this site, HERE .)

 Today, all that is left of the Bradley estate is a grassy lot where the expansive residence once stood and the Bradley carriage house. As was the fate of so many of the Euclid Avenue mansions, the dwelling was eventually torn down. Still present, in small, scattered places on the empty lot are remnants of the old house and it’s demolition.

Walking the grounds on that city street corner, it is difficult to envision the Bradley Mansion occupying the land– the land where the Bradley’s five children played in the front yard as horse drawn carriages and eventually motor cars made their way up and down the historic avenue.



The Morris A. Bradley house at 7217 Euclid Ave, from page 147 of “Showplace of America: Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue, 1850-1910” by Jan Cigliano

Morris A. Bradley portrait: from pg. 429 of “A History of Cleveland and Its Environs: The Heart of New Connecticut, Volume 2” by Elroy McKendree Avery (1918). Anna A. Bradley portrait: From pg. 46 of Ancestors & descendants of Morris A. Bradley” Compiled for Mr. Alva Bradley by Mrs. Grant Rideout (1948)

Except where noted, the above photos were taken on November 4, 2014 and August 19, 2015.

“I’m working so hard… to keep you in the luxury…”

Back when the Wade Park Manor was new–A photo taken from roughly the same perspective as the photo above. Photo courtesy of

A postcard from the 1930’s — an artistic rendering of Wade Park Manor, with Wade Park in the foreground.

“Luxury” – The Rolling Stones (1974)

(21 Photos)

Elaborate parties, and the inter-mingling of local artists, musicians, business giants and top-national performing acts– all either stayed here as visitors or lived here as residents, and all were treated to only the best during their stay. It was the high-life in the roaring Twenties.

And it was in 1923, in the area today known as University Circle, that the lavish Wade Park Manor residential hotel was opened.

George A. Schneider, the former developer/manager of The Cleveland Athletic Club, took the reigns of the Wade Park Project and decided on the New York architectural firm of George Post & Sons, who had a Cleveland office, to design the building. Among the Cleveland projects that the firm was responsible for, The Cleveland Trust Building (1908) at East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue is most notable.

The 11-story, 400 room residential hotel was designed in Georgian Revival style with warm buff limestone, Tapestry Brick and clay-based ceramic terracotta being the main components to the exterior. The Wade Park Manor structure was fire-proof, with it’s frame made of steel and reinforced concrete.

The interiors were palace-like, utilizing only the finest materials from around the world, and included a grand lobby with an 18-foot ceiling and paneled oak and marble walls, two dining rooms and a ballroom and banquet room with dinner seating for 250 and room for 400 for balls and concerts. Of the 400 guest rooms, 40 were spacious single rooms, with the remaining rooms divided into two to six room suites. Being mere footsteps from Wade Park and the Cleveland Art Museum– the rooms offered spectacular views of the city.

Today, The Wade Park Manor operates as an upscale retirement community, under the name of Judson Manor. Photography of the building’s interior spaces was not allowed.

All photographs, except where noted, were taken on March 9, 2016.

“…he’s a well-respected man about town doing the best things so conservatively…”

“A Well Respected Man” – The Kinks (1965)

United States Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and William Howard Taft all were members here. Six U.S Senators and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices enjoyed membership as well.

Located on the northeast corner of East 12th Street and Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland,The Union Club of Cleveland has been an exclusive, “by invitation only” political, cultural, and civic iconic force in Cleveland, since the club was established in 1872, and ultimately was to become the most prestigious, and influential club in the city.

The building shown here was designed and built by famed Cleveland architect, and Union Club member, Charles Frederick Schweinfurth. This new building for the Union Club’s expanding membership was completed in 1905. It was built of locally mined Berea Sandstone, with it’s outer walls, in places exceeding 3 feet in thickness. Schweinfurth noted that as the building aged, the sandstone would take-on a darkened, aesthetically pleasing look. And it was lauded immediately by visitors for it’s elegance and refined Classical architectural design. The majestic interior is adorned with a grand Italian marble staircase, Persian rugs, and a master dining room that boasts 20-foot high ornate plaster ceilings, ornamental columns and rich honey-colored hardwood floors.

Photos taken March 4, 2016

“…Come share this golden age with me…”


“Glory Days” – PULP (1998)

(10 photos)

At 7630 Broadway Avenue, in a once prosperous neighborhood on Cleveland’s southeast side, the building pictured above was built in the late 1800’s with the promise of a new century before it. With commanding doric columns, and beautiful exterior complements, it was a notable piece to Cleveland’s South Broadway community.

The last photo in this set was taken in 1939 of the same building and vantage point, and is borrowed courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery. The Amster-Kirtz Cigar Company, which was headquarterd here eventually relocated and today still exists in Ohio under the name The Amster-Kirtz Company and are regional wholesale distributors of candy, tobacco and groceries. The Erie Savings and Loan, which was incorporated at this location in 1923, and the Cleveland Liberty Bank, also former tenants (whose name plates still exist on the building today) are gone as well. Today the facilities are home to a second-hand furniture and appliance shop.

Top 9 photos taken June 22, 2015

“You had your time, you had the power…”

“Radio Ga Ga” – Queen (1984)

(55 photos)

At the corner of Cedar Ave. and Ashland Avenue, on Cleveland’s east side, sits a relic– today in defiance to the demolition wrecking ball — a remnant of Cleveland’s booming industrial past.

Created to power the electric rail streetcars of the day, the Cedar Avenue powerhouse of the Cleveland Electric Railway Company was opened on December 18, 1888, as perhaps the most modern, state of the art facilities of it’s kind.

Long since closed, gutted and used as a make-shift storage area, after being sold, traded, handed down, through the years–and finally abandoned, like so many old buildings…  The building seems structurally sound–it’s interiors, a labyrinth of passageways and tunnels– and left behind pieces of history. Detailed information and photos of the massive interiors showing the generators and other equipment as it looked in it’s hey-day were recorded in an article in the April 1, 1902 edition of The Engineer, entitled “The Evolution of Electric Railway Power Plant Apparatus, as Illustrated by the Cedar Avenue Station of the Cleveland Electric Railway Co.” (link to article).

Photos taken June 29, August 5, and  October 27, 2015

“In the city there’s a thousand things I want to say to you…”

“In the City” – The Jam (1977)

(26 photos)

Designed in 1929, The Midland Building was one in a series of buildings built by railroad tycoon brothers, Oris Paxton and Mantis James Van Sweringen. The Van Sweringen brothers also were responsible for the building of Cleveland’s most venerable downtown landmark, the Terminal Tower. Originally 7 buildings, occupying 17 acres of land– this complex of mighty office buildings became known as the Terminus Group. The Chicago architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, who designed that city’s famous Wrigley Building, was chosen to design these new additions to the downtown Cleveland landscape.

The Midland Building and it’s Modernistic Style has been the home to many tenants since its completion in 1930. Originally built as the headquarters for Midland Bank, the floors were built to support five, 22-ton bank vaults. Today, the entire Terminus Group, including The Midland Building, is owned by and Headquarters to the Sherwin-Williams Company.

Photos taken August 14, 2015

“…Heaven holds a place for those who pray…”

“Mrs. Robinson” – Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
“Mrs. Robinson” – The Lemonheads (1993)

(23 Photos)

This stunning building, located at Euclid Avenue and East 82nd Street– today the Liberty Hill Baptist Church, was built in 1912, originally as The Euclid Avenue Temple for the Anshe Chesed German Orthodox Jewish congregation, today the oldest Jewish congregation in Cleveland.

Designed by the Cleveland architectural firm, Lehman and Schmitt in Neoclassical style, the synagogue featured a symmetrical plan with a semicircular 1,400 capacity auditorium.  It also was adorned with beautiful stained glass windows designed by Louis Tiffany.

Following World War II, as members of the growing Jewish congregation began establishing residence in the eastern suburbs–the need for a larger Temple facility, more convenient to the eastern suburbs became apparent. Also growing at the time in the Fairfax neighborhood surrounding The Euclid Avenue Temple was Cleveland’s African-American Baptist population.

Eventually a site on Fairmount Boulevard in the eastern suburb of Beachwood was selected, and in May of 1957, the new Fairmount Temple was dedicated and the Euclid Avenue Temple was sold to Liberty Hill Baptist Church.

Photos taken August 27, 2015

“…The blacksmith and the artist reflect it in their art… forge their creativity… closer to the heart…”

“Closer to the Heart” – Rush (1977)

When a business stays vibrant and prosperous for over 100 years– especially in a competitive, Capitalist Free Market system, it speaks volumes about the highest standards of quality, dedication, and perseverance that that company undoubtedly has had to maintain over the course of time.

One such company, The Rose Iron Works, located at 1536 East 43rd Street, between Payne and Superior Avenues in Cleveland, has been established at this address since 1911 and along the way has successfully made an outstanding name for itself as a maker of the finest decorative metal works available anywhere in the world.

Founded by Hungarian-born, American immigrant, and master craftsman blacksmith Martin Rose– the Rose Iron Works has been a family owned and operated business since it’s inception in 1904. Martin Rose chose Cleveland to embark into the new world with his family, for the city’s international reputation as a standard bearer in steel production and metalworking. He also believed in Cleveland’s promise of greater opportunity for him and his family.

Over the years the firm has catered to those desiring customized, ornate wrought iron and stainless steel decor. The best residential and commercial architects of the time during the company’s development, all sought The Rose Iron Works “touch,” to add further distinction to their architectural building projects including Walker and Weeks, and Charles Schweinfurth, (highlighted regularly in this blog.)

Today, the heritage, artistry and direction of the Rose Iron Works is in the hands of grandson, Bob Rose.  And like his father, uncles and grandfather, before him, the company continues to offer only the finest one-of-a-kind, custom-made forged metal creations.

Photos taken August 27, 2015

“Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine…”

“Subterranean Homesick Blues” – Bob Dylan (1965)

(six photos)

The Cleveland Clinic’s Crile Building, located at 2049 East 100th Street, between Euclid and Carnegie Avenues, on the Clinic’s main campus.  The 620,000 square foot, 14-floor Crile Building was named after George Crile, one of the original founders of the Cleveland Clinic.

Designed by the architectural firm of Cesar Pelli & Associates, the building was completed in 1985 and houses the Clinic’s Outpatient Services Department. The exterior is made primarily of glass and granite.  In 1986, the building was bestowed a prestigious Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Top photo taken May 30, 2014
Photos 2, 5 and 6 taken August 7, 2015
Photos 3 and 4 taken April 1, 2015

“There’s a meat market down the street…”

“Dance Anthem of the 80’s” – Regina Spektor (2009)

State Meat Market
Ukrainian Village
5338 State Road
Parma, Ohio
Southwestern Cleveland suburb

Photo taken January 25, 2015

“Along the river of men…”

“River of Men” – Tom Waits (1998)

(18 Photographs)

During the Industrial Revolution of the mid and late 1800’s, up and down Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River, heavy industry flourished and was responsible for the growth of the city– from a small village to a major metropolis, by the end of the 19th century.

John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company was chief among the Cleveland based companies that utilized the river as a transportation solution, distributing across the nation, product from its Cleveland oil refineries. Resulting from the new technologies derived by the Standard Oil Company, chemical companies began populating the area in abundance.

In 1871, three enterprising men of the time– Henry A. Sherwin, Alanson T. Osborn, and Edward P. Williams formed a partnership and created Sherwin, Williams, & Company, a paint manufacturing and retail company, headquartered in a long-since-demolished building on Cleveland’s Superior Street, in an area today known as Public Square. Taking advantage of the rich, local chemical availability, the firm became one of the first in the country to concentrate on producing ready-mixed paint and lacquers for retail consumption.

In 1874, the group purchased from J. D. Rockefeller, the Standard Oil cooperage building, which produced the wooden barrels that the company used at the time to transport Standard Oil’s refined oil products that were “barreling” out of Cleveland to a nation thirsty with consumption.

Once the transaction was complete, and the necessary equipment and materials were moved in, the building (pictured above), along the Cuyahoga River, at 601 Canal Street, became the manufacturing home of the Sherwin-Williams Company, producing paste paints, oil colors, and putty.

The company greatly flourished over the years, opening plants all across the nation. Today, a national brand, with headquarters still in Cleveland, and thousands of retail stores nationwide– the old “cooperage building”– The original Sherwin-Williams paint factory, remained opened and in production until 1982.

Photos taken July 29, 2015

“…I don’t ever wanna leave this town… ’cause after all… this city never sleeps at night…”

“It’s Time” – Imagine Dragon (2012)

Two night time cityscape photos of downtown Cleveland taken from the near-west side, on the cliffs that descend down into the Cuyahoga River valley “Flats” at West 17th Street and Lorain Avenue.

Photos taken August 1, 2015

“She thinks she missed the train to Mars… she’s out back counting stars….”

“Stars” – HUM (1995)

(22 Photos)

Hiding in amongst the trees at the top of the Taylor Road hill in East Cleveland– The abandoned Warner and Swasey Observatory, just four miles southeast of its original parent home, the then, Case School of Applied Science (Case-Western Reserve University.)

The Observatory was designed in 1918 by the Cleveland architectural firm of Walker and Weeks and The Warner & Swasey Company  completed construction of the building in 1920.   On October 12th of that year, world renowned astronomer Dr. W. W. Campbell, the Director of the University of California Lick Observatory, gave the key note address at the observatory’s dedication.

The building included a small library, a darkroom, a transit room, an office and one bedroom. The observatory also housed two Riefler astronomical regulator clocks, two four-inch transits, and an extremely sensitive zenith 9.5-inch refractor telescope, built by the Warner and Swasey Company of Cleveland. The entire Observatory, including all equipment, as well as the cost of construction of the physical structure, was donated to the Case Institute of Technology by Trustees Worcester R. Warner and Ambrose Swasey, of the Warner and Swasey Company.

As the need for expansion of facilities and new equipment became evident, additions to the Observatory were graciously provided by Warner and Swasey. In 1940, the building of en entire new wing to the Observatory was completed. Included in this expansion was a new library, a teaching lecture hall, and a new Warner & Swasey Company-manufactured 24-inch Burrell Schmidt telescope, housed in a new dome (pictured below.)

By the 1950’s, city-light evening sky “noise” made it necessary for Case to develop a new facility and relocate the housed telescopes and other equipment, in order for the school to maintain the highest levels of scientific integrity.  The new facility– the Nassau Astronomical Station, was built in 1957 on 281 acres of land in Montville Township in Geauga County, thirty miles to the east of the Warner and Swasey Observatory. The Burrell Schmidt telescope was transferred to this site, and was replaced with a 36-inch telescope that was used primarily for viewing by the public. In 1980, The Warner and Swasey Observatory was closed permanently, and the original zenith telescope was transferred to the Euclid Avenue main campus of Case-Western Reserve University, where today it is housed and in-use in the University’s Albert W. Smith Building.

The old observatory was sold and has changed ownership hands a few different times since Case managed the facility, and although every attempt has been made to board-up entrance points inside… graffiti artists, area gangs, historians, photographers and urban explorers have all found their way to the interior of the building. Picture number 20, from the top, of the photos I have taken and posted here– the empty window frame– was my magic doorway into the fascinating storied past of the Warner and Swasey Observatory that still stands at the top of a hill in East Cleveland.

Above photos taken July 3, 2015

The 24-inch Burrell Schmidt telescope manufactured by the Warner & Swasey Company, pictured here at the Warner and Swasey Observatory. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Memory Project and the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University.

“…lost between tomorrow and yesterday… between now and then…”

“Do it Again” -The Kinks (1983)

The Tatra Savings & Loan Company Headquarters building, at the corner of Woodhill Road and Sophia Avenue, in Cleveland’s east side Kinsman neighborhood, was built in 1925.

Serving Cleveland’s Slovak population since the institution’s inception in 1909, it was named for the Tatra Mountains in Czechoslovakia.

With changing city demographics, Tatra was renamed the State Savings & Loan Company in 1946, and in 1952 the Headquarters were relocated to the eastern Cleveland suburb of South Euclid. The building most recently has been home to the Pentecostal Apostolic Church Of The Resurrection.

Photos taken June 18, 2015

“…where no one asks any questions… or looks too long in your face…”

“Darkness at the Edge of Town” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1978)

On the west bank of the Cuyahoga River– A building on Scranton Road in the industrial Flats of Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken May 21, 2015

“…As we journey here below… on a pilgrimage of woe…”

“Pleyel’s Hymn” – Master Mason Degree Dirge, Masonic Hymn, recorded 1909

-48 photos-

In 1916, architect William J. Carter was awarded the bid to design and build The Newburgh Masonic Temple, at 8910 Miles Park Avenue, in Cleveland’s south east Union-Miles neighborhood. The project was completed in one year, and the first meeting of the Freemasons took place in the new 3-story building on May 31, 1917.

Due to increasing maintenance and repair costs, The Newburgh Masonic Temple was put up for sale in 1969 and eventually merged with a neighboring Order in Brecksville, Ohio.

The visit to capture these images, inside this dilapidated grand structure was emotional– seeing the once elegant, giant ballrooms and ritual rooms reduced to broken pieces of rubble– natural erosion and vandalism… Much of the interior areas were pitch black in darkness. Spine tingling. The secret rituals from centuries before, practiced through the generations within these walls… Freemason symbols, the secret passage-ways, the tucked-away rooms. THIS building.. its structural integrity– its history… seems to warrant more than it has been left for, almost 100 years later.

Photos taken June 22, 2015

“Things are different today, I hear every mother say… cooking fresh food for her husband’s just a drag… so she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak…”

“Mother’s Little Helper” – The Rolling Stones (1966)

The two entrance ways into the once– supermarket giant “Fisher Brothers” Bakery and Warehouse, built in 1916, at 2323 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland.

Incorporated in Cleveland in 1908, by brothers Manning and Charles Fisher, the food retail company grew handily with sales reaching over $18 million and over 300 food stores in Northern Ohio, by 1928.

In 1961, the name of the company was changed to Fisher Foods, Inc.  During the years prior to this, Fisher Brothers had become the largest retail food distributor in Cleveland. But by 1965, the company only held 12 percent of the Cleveland market. In that year the fledgling firm merged with Fazio’s and Costa supermarkets, who were prospering as part of the Stop-N-Shop Super Markets Association.

Although Fisher Foods maintained solvency and in some cases, prosperity throughout the 1970’s and 80’s under a variety of different marketing names and outlets, in 1997 all of Fisher Foods financial holdings were sold to the Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Supermarkets for $403 million.

Today the 420,000 square foot Fisher Brothers building, with it’s elegant entrance ways on Lakeside Avenue, is leased as loft-style commercial warehouse space.

Top photo taken March 24, 2014
Middle and bottom photos taken June 16, 2015

“…operating, generating… new life, new life…”

“New Life” – Depeche Mode (1981)

Built in 1919, The United Auto Company Building was one of the structures that added to Prospect Avenue, on Cleveland’s near-east side, being known as the city’s “Automobile Row” during the early 20th Century. It served as an automobile showroom and service center into the 1960’s. The two-story building was designed by Detroit architect, W. A. Borch, in a Neo-Classic-Contempory style.

Today, through rehabilitation, the old structure has found new life, helping shape lives in the community, as the headquarters for the Greater Cleveland YWCA. In 2002, the building received the prestigious Preservation Merit Award, and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places for it’s architectural significance. Just one of the many wonderful historically preserved sites breathing new life into Cleveland’s Upper Prospect Historic District.

From the top:
Photos 1, 2, and 7 taken May 28, 2015
Photo 3 taken April 2, 2015
Photos 4, 5, and 6 taken May 4, 2015

“…a heavy prize to the falling god of speed and steel”

“Dark Eyes” – Bob Dylan (1985)

An underside view of the eastern end of the Main Avenue Bridge, at the West 9th Street and Main Avenue intersection in the Warehouse District of Downtown Cleveland. The “cantilever truss bridge” was completed in 1939, and spans the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland’s “Flats” (at the bottom of the hill in this picture.) This steel-made bridge connects the east and west Cleveland Memorial Shoreway (Route 2) and is widely used by commuters on the west side of Cleveland who work in downtown. During a time in my life, I traveled the high speed freeway daily, living in the near-westside Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, and working in downtown.

Photo taken May 21, 2015

“We’re playing those mind games together… pushing the barriers… planting seeds…”

“Mind Games” – John Lennon (1973)

(Seven photos)

James A. Rhodes Tower, built in 1971.
Fenn Tower, built in 1929.

Two buildings that have defined the landscape and skyline between East 13th and East 24th Streets and Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland– the real estate known as Cleveland State University.

The older of the two buildings, Fenn Tower, was originally built as the National Town and Country Club, but the private membership businessman’s club was ravaged by the Depression and the 22-story skyscraper ultimately was sold to Fenn College in 1937. In 1964, Fenn College, an engineering school, became Cleveland State University.

James A. Rhodes Tower, with the CSU moniker broadly displayed on each of it’s four sides, rises 373-feet into the sky and is the second tallest educational building in the United States. Named for the State of Ohio’s 61st and 63rd Governor of Ohio, Rhodes Tower is the home to Cleveland State University’s library and Administrative offices.

Top photo taken September 4, 2014
Photo (2) taken February 5, 2015
Photo (3) taken September 19, 2014
Photo (4) taken February 3, 2015
Photo (5) taken December 6, 2013
Photo (6) taken May 13, 2014
Bottom photo taken February 3, 2015

“Bridges of muscles spanning so long and high…”

“Towers of London “ – XTC (1980)

Looking northeast, descending from Ohio City, down Main Avenue into Cleveland’s Flats, where trucks haul loads of road salt from the salt mines under Lake Erie. Above, the thusly named Main Avenue Bridge, built in 1939, stretches 8,000 feet across the Flats connecting the East and West Shoreway that runs through the city, along the lake.

Photo taken January 9, 2015

“…and your stone walls turn my blood a little cold.”

“San Quentin” – Johnny Cash (live 1969)

[12 photos]

Eerily serene, especially during a fast approaching nightfall– Squire’s Castle sits nestled in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Built in the 1890’s by Feargus B. Squire, an executive with Cleveland based Standard Oil Company, the structure was originally intended to be a “gatekeepers” house for a country home estate for Squire and his family. The home was never built, and the Squires utilized the “castle” as a weekend retreat. The building included several bedrooms and living areas, a kitchen, dining room, breakfast porch and a library. It’s interiors boasted finely plastered walls, leaded glass windows, and beautifully detailed woodwork.

Squire sold the dwelling in 1922 and in 1925 the land and structure was sold to the Cleveland Metroparks. Over the years the interiors have been gutted and all that remain are the castle ruins. Legend has it that Squire’s Castle and it’s land are haunted by the ghost of the wife of Feargus Squire, Rebecca, who died at a very young age, in 1929.

Photos taken December 26, 2014

“Peace on the earth, good will to men… from heaven’s all gracious King…”

“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” – Johnny Mathis (1958)

Severance Hall
11001 Euclid Avenue
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio
The home of the Cleveland Orchestra
Building completion: 1931
Architects: Walker and Weeks
Concert hall seating: 2,000

Photos taken December 21, 2014

“…and the buildings scrape the sky…”


“Don’t Let It Bring You Down” – Neil Young (live 1971)

[9 photos]
“The Standard Building” at the southwest corner of Ontario Street and St. Clair Avenue, is one of the many skyscrapers that exist in the downtown business district of Cleveland. Built in 1924 at a cost $7 million for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the nation’s oldest labor union, the building was known as “The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Cooperative National Bank Building.”

Designed in an urban “Sullivanesque” style by the architectural firm of Knox and Elliot, the 21-story, 282 feet high-rise contrasted with the abundant and popular Neo-Classical designed buildings that stood at that time. The BLEC National Bank Building, which later morphed into “The National Standard Bank Building” is decorated with cream-colored terra cotta and a modern starburst motif as seen in these pictures.

Until very recently, The Standard Building has been concurrently owned by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and has had many different tenants over the years. In 1934, the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened its offices in the building, under the direction of Eliot Ness. During World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the building’s lobby served as a U.S. government Draft indoctrination center. Also during the 1940’s, Western Reserve University (today Case-Western Reserve University) maintained it’s downtown campus in The Standard Building.

In July of 2014, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen sold the building to a local developer. Twenty-thousand square feet of new, first floor retail space, as well as 287– one and two bedroom apartments, are now in the works for this elegantly styled former office building.

Photos taken on October 25, 2014


“Hark! The herald angels sing… Glory to the newborn King!'”

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

The Palace Theatre lobby at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken December 18, 2014

“Through the streets, every corner abandoned too soon… set down with due care… don’t walk away in silence.. don’t walk away…”

“Atmosphere” – Joy Division (1980)

A bird’s eye-view of some of the historic, old homes on Cleveland’s East 89th Street. In the distance, the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company’s Lakeshore Plant, and the fresh waters of Lake Erie.

Photo taken November 7, 2014

“…oh, there’s more to life than books, you know… but not much more.. not much more…”

“Handsome Devil” – THE SMITHS (1983)

For over 100 years, this Italianate Style antebellum home has been more than just a “page” in Cleveland’s written history. The ornately detailed house was built in 1838 for early Cleveland settler George Merwin. After changing owners a few different times after Mr. Merwin’s death, the house became the headquarters and library for a very exclusive private gentleman’s club in 1892. This organization, The Rowfant Club, is still in existence today at this location on Prospect Avenue near East 30th Street.

Dedicated to “primarily the critical study of books in their various capacities to please the mind of man…”, the “by-invitation-only” bibliophile aficionado membership of the Rowfant Club has convened at the Merwin House over the decades for meetings, ceremonies, lectures, or just to simply relax with one of the books from the club’s extensive in-house private library collection. Members of note have included James Ford Rhodes, Charles F. Schweinfurth, and William G. Mather.

Top 3 photos taken November 25, 2014
Bottom 2 photos taken June 16, 2014

“Some legends are told… some turn to dust or to gold… but you will remember me… for centuries…”















Above Left: From “Architectural Reviewer” September 30, 1897 (courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection.) Above Right and Directly Below: From the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection

“Centuries” – Fall Out Boy (2014)

Top three photos taken October 17, 2014

[10 photos]

He left his inspiring, and still enduring mark on this town… Charles Frederick Schweinfurth, born on September 3, 1856 in Auburn, New York– became one of the most preeminent architects in Cleveland, Ohio during the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Schweinfurth designed and lived in the building pictured above– a very modest, yet captivating castle-like home on E. 75th Street (Ingleside Avenue)– from 1894 until his death in November of 1919. He was the architect for at least 15 of the grand mansion residences on “millionaires’ row” that once populated Euclid Avenue and advanced Cleveland’s international reputation as “the showplace of America.” Most of these beautiful homes to the wealthy and high society power players of the time, today exist only in photographs.

Magnificent residential designs were but one of Charles Schweinfurth’s architectural contributions in helping “build” the City of Cleveland during the latter half of his life.

A few other surviving examples of the architect’s mastery include: Calvary Presbyterian Church, The Cuyahoga County Courthouse (with Lehman and Schmitt), and Trinity Cathedral, considered to be his finest accomplishment. He also designed bridges, including many that exist throughout the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, as well as several buildings which are now a part of Case-Western Reserve University.

This house on E. 75th Street, which utilizes “rustigated” Ohio sandstone, looks quite a bit different today, from when it was built. The structure hasn’t changed much, but over the years it’s surroundings have evolved. The street became a neighborhood. Other houses were built, and other streets were added. Decor was added to the exterior, and changed, and changed again. And many of the neighboring houses were eventually demolished. A designated Cleveland Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Schweinfurth house still remains.

From “Men of Ohio in Nineteen Hundred” published: Cleveland, The Benesch Art Publishing Co., 1901 (Courtesy of the Hathi Trust Digital Library.)

A Photo I took of the Charles F. Schweinfurth designed Samuel Mather mansion, on the campus of Cleveland State University, December 13, 2013

Schweinfurth designed Euclid Avenue mansion. Demolished. From “Architectural Reviewer” September 30, 1897 (courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection)

Schweinfurth designed Euclid Avenue mansion. Demolished. From “Architectural Reviewer” September 30, 1897 (courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection)

“You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie… You’re in the arms of an angel… may you find some comfort here.”

“Angel” – Sarah McLachlan (1998)

The above Photo taken November 10, 2014

One of the many historic homes that have been saved from demolition by the Cleveland Restoration Society and local community involvement. The organization took over the dilapidated, condemned property from the City in 1996 to ensure that the Cleveland Landmark would not be destroyed. In 1998, Cleveland residents James Graham and David Dusek purchased the home and embarked upon a visionary, expansive restoration project that has resulted in the wonderful rebirth of this beautiful century home.

The house adorns the corner of South Boulevard and East 98th Street, at the western edges of Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, near East Avenue and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Built in 1903 as a “summer home” for wealthy Cleveland businessman, Edwin Potter, it was one of many grand houses built in that area by architect George Kauffman and The Kauffman Architectural Company.

“The Potter Home” is a modern day success story in amongst too many sad cases of beautiful, historic old structures dying into “forgotten-ness.” The Cleveland Restoration Society and other agencies and private citizens like Mr. Graham and Mr. Dusek, truly are the “arms of an angel” to Cleveland history, architecture, and culture and to the many structures that they have saved from the wrecking ball.

An excellent interview with James Graham and David Dusek, inside this house, and a bit more about it and the neighborhood can be found in this video:

“…you’ll see a smilin’ face… a fireplace.. a cozy room… a little nest that’s nestled where the roses bloom…”

“My Blue Heaven” – Frank Sinatra (1950)

[10 Photos]

A very unassuming, almost hidden piece of urban property at 4806 Euclid Avenue in midtown Cleveland…

Built in 1898 as an extended-stay housing option for visiting business executives from other cities, “The Esmond” also served as the ideal turn-of-the century “swanky” bachelor pad for single businessmen working in the hustle-bustle world that was Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1900’s.

The building was designed by architect John Eisenmann, who also co-designed with fellow architect, George H. Smith, the Cleveland Arcade. Eisenmann is also credited with designing the official flag of the State of Ohio that flies today in the buckeye state (and He was a graduate of the University of Michigan, of all things!)

Through the years The Esmond has continued to serve as a fashionable apartment building, and still offers extended-stay bed and breakfast suites to visitors to the city.

Photos taken October 31, 2014

“There ain’t no grave… can hold my body down…”

“Ain’t No Grave” – Johnny Cash (2003)

If you are so inclined to believe such things, the word around town is that this place is, indeed, “haunted.”

The House of Wills Funeral Home at 2491 East 55th Street in Cleveland was built in 1900 originally as the Cleveland Gesangverein Hall, a German social club. It was designed by local architect, Frederick W. Striebinger. In 1942, John Walker Wills opened the location as a funeral home. Wills would become one of the most celebrated African-American businessman in the city of Cleveland, turning the House of Wills Funeral Home into a phenomenally successful entrepreneurial enterprise, and creating a winning model for other black owned businesses. J.W. Wills became a pillar in the community, and his business served as a civic center for the residents in area neighborhoods. Because of the historical significance of Mr. Wills, and the design of this old structure, the 42-room “House of Wills” building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

After a life well lived, at the age of 96, Mr. Wills died in an upstairs bedroom of this building, on April 23, 1971. The place is vacant now– it ceased operation in 2005. And ever since, visitors and ghost chasers have reported eerie phenomenon in and around this once thriving “House of the Dead.” According to Theresa’s Haunted History of the Tri-State site,

The House of Wills is home to reports of phantom footsteps, strange mists, and shadow people. Visitors have claimed that a disembodied voice calls their name out to them. In one incident, someone reported an energy vortex in the old casket room. Others see a full-bodied apparition of a gentleman dressed in a suit…possibly the ghost of Mr. Wills himself.

Whether or not there are supernatural occurrences actually happening at the old House of Wills is debatable. What is not: It is very much a “spooky looking” building. The fact that it was a funeral home for many years, and that John Walker Wills perished from life inside it’s walls, only adds to the mystique and lore. I also can’t help but note the figure in the window of the top picture above. Hmmm… Happy Halloween!

Top photo taken October 17, 2013
Photos [2] through [5] taken April 2, 2014

“We’re always ready for the call… we place our trust in Thee. Through surf and storm and howling gale… high shall our purpose be…”

“Semper Paratus” – The Sun Harbor Men’s Chorus & The South Coast Trio (written, 1922)

[9 Photographs]

With some landfill, and $360,000 budgeted for the project, the design plans of local architect J. Milton Dyer, for a new, state-of-the-art Cleveland Coast Guard Station came to fruition in August of 1940. Located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on Whiskey Island, and Cleveland’s Lake Erie shoreline, the station was designed in streamline moderne architectural style, and intended to resemble a Great Lakes vessel and replicate what it was like being aboard ship. The Station was utilized until 1974, when the Coast Guard relocated to a new station.

Although vacant since then, the architecturally historic facility is being cleaned-up, renovated, and plans are being drawn to include the site as part of the Cleveland Metroparks System. It really will be a beautiful asset in the development of the City’s lakefront once it is completed. The Cleveland Coast Guard Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is has been designated as a City of Cleveland Historic Landmark.

Photos taken July 5, 2014

“…and I feel, so much depends on the weather…”

“Plush” – Stone Temple Pilots (1993)

On a chilly day back in February– the Eagle Avenue Bridge over the Cuyahoga River, and the city’s venerable old sir, the Terminal Tower. The bridge was completed in 1928 and was Cleveland’s first “lift span bridge,” connecting to a viaduct which enabled residents and workers an artery from the low lying flats of the river valley to downtown, which is at a significantly higher elevation. By 2005, the viaduct was demolished due to deterioration and the bridge closed. It still stands today, however– one of the many beautiful bridges from yesterday that span the Cuyahoga River in the Flats.

Photo taken February 20, 2014

“When we was young, oh man did we have fun…”

“Someday” – The Strokes (2002)

I’ve been told that I was taken to The Euclid Beach amusement park many times as a toddler and that I had lots of fun! I have absolutely no memory of the visits!

Dating from the late 1800’s, through the years Euclid Beach Park delighted residents of Northeastern Ohio with carousels, amusement rides and attractions, a grand ballroom, several wooden roller coasters, a Lake Erie swimming beach, and other wholesome family entertainment.

The park closed in 1969, but along Lakeshore Boulevard, in Cleveland’s east side Collinwood neighborhood, the park’s famed entrance archway still remains and has formally been declared a Cleveland Historic Landmark.

Photo taken September 26, 2014

“…join us in our blind ambition… get yourself a brand new motor car…”

“Grand Illusion” – Styx (1977)

In the City of Cleveland, at the corner of Carnegie Avenue and E. 46th street there sits a another small reminder of the city’s fashionable past. Built in 1917, at a cost of $200,000, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car building served as one the city’s automobile showrooms for the “well-to-do” until 1938, when the Buffalo-based Pierce-Arrow Motor Corporation was formally liquidated.

During the automobile company’s tenure, the Pierce-Arrow “motor car” was a luxurious status symbol, prized by Hollywood millionaires, business tycoons and American Presidents alike.

The two story structure on the city’s near east side was designed in Classic Italian Renaissance style with and an eye-catching white glazed terra cotta exterior facade, by the Cleveland architectural firm Lehman and Schmitt, who also designed the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.

Photos taken October 9, 2014

“…by the Catholic monochrome…”

“Adrenochrome” – Sisters of Mercy (1982)

[14 photos]

Towering high above the modest homes on Scranton Avenue, in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood on Cleveland’s near-west side: Saint Michael Archangel Church.

Work to build this majestic High Victorian Gothic Roman Catholic church was begun in 1889 and completed in 1892. Today, it’s once buff-colored Berea Sandstone exterior has taken on a granite-like black patina–evidence from the nearby steel mills smoke and soot billowing into the air for a century, plus.

Originally built for worship by the neighborhood’s sizable German immigrant population, many who worked in the steel mills, Saint Michael Church was Cleveland’s tallest building from it’s opening until 1924. Today it still stands as the city’s tallest church.

Over the years, with changing demographics, the Clark-Fulton neighborhood became home to a growing Hispanic/Latino population, and the Church adapted. In 1971 Saint Michael Archangel Church offered it’s first Mass said in Spanish. Today the Church caters almost exclusively to Spanish speaking Clevelanders living on the near-west side.

Photos taken September 22, 2014

“…and the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love…”

“Pompeii” – Bastille (2013)
[21 photographs]

Left for dead. That’s what it seemed like– this old industrial plant, built in 1922. I ventured in one afternoon not knowing what I would find beyond the sight-lines that the broken out windows at street level afforded me on a previous visit, a few weeks earlier. One of my many lunch time adventures, clad in dress pants, shirt and tie… polished dress shoes… exploring a long since abandoned factory in a desolate part of town that people tell me I shouldn’t venture into. But I really do live for these places. My camera and I (eye.)

Located on Ashland Road, somewhere between Cedar and Central Avenues, on Cleveland’s east side, the six-story structure was built by Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, as an additional piece to their, then, existing complex of factory buildings lining Ashland Road. Numerous subsidiaries of Westinghouse as well as other separately owned corporations utilized this brick and mortar facility over the years. During World War II activity soared to peak production at the site when the Thompson Aircraft Products Company (Tapco) called the facility home and military aircraft parts were produced to sustain America’s air superiority against the Axis Powers. A series of other manufacturing tenants followed after the war. It is unclear as to the exact date, but some time at the end of the 1970’s the premises were vacated for the last time and the building was foreclosed.

Over the years following it’s closing, like so many others of it’s kind– the Westinghouse factory building was torn and frayed by vandals and vagrants and “urban artists.” As pictured above, a total ruination of a once proud building— stripped of everything that could be taken and used as an illegal dumping ground. It looks as if some formal wrecking has taken place as well. But in spite of all the crumbling and blight that has taken place– My imagination, as I investigated the wreckage that has evolved, was not hindered. A rigorous past… men and women who earned their days wages… churning machinery. Turn of the century electrical innovations… American war planes flying over Nazi Germany, housed with Cleveland made high-altitude fuel systems. All of this and more hidden within the fractured remnants of this place on Ashland Road on Cleveland’s east side.

Photos taken July 3 and August 8, 2014

“What moments divine… what rapture serene…”

“Begin the Beguine” – (Cole Porter) recorded by Frank Sinatra (1944)

From inside the Alcazar Hotel, at the corner of Surrey and Derbyshire Road, in Cleveland Heights–19 photos in black and white capturing some of the elaborate detail to this one time posh home to Cleveland’s upper crust and destination for visiting stars on tour. Cole Porter and George Gershwin– to name a couple. Built during the roaring 20’s, today the rooms and suites have mostly been converted into apartment and office dwellings, but the Alcazar still operates as a hotel. A place that you don’t have to try too hard to imagine the socialite parties that must have taken place here during the Hotel’s hey day during the 1920’s and 30’s.

Another photo of the exterior and more information about the building can be found in an entry I posted here early last year entitled, “Get Out of Town”, (without apology–another Cole Porter song!)

Photos taken August 15, 2014

“Avé María, grátia pléna…”

“Ave Maria” – Dolores O’Riordan and Luciano Pavarotti (live, 1996)

St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology

This 200 room seminary was built in 1924 on an 11-acre site on Ansel Avenue in the Cleveland east side, St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. The facility included private living quarters for 150 students and professors as well as classrooms, a large dining room and kitchen, a library, gymnasium, several lounges and a Chapel. The building was designed by architect Franz Werner in Spanish Mission Style.

Today the beautiful confines are home to the Hitchcock Center for Woman, a substance abuse treatment center and Half-way house for woman, infants and children up to the age of ten.

Photos taken August 8, 2014

“…I went down to the library… you know the big one way downtown…”

“Muse Blues” – Loudon Wainwright III (1972)

A set of 16 photographs I took of the interiors of the Cleveland Public Library Main Branch on Superior Avenue in downtown. Another extraordinary building designed by the Cleveland architectural firm of Walker and Weeks. The five story building was completed in 1925.

Photos taken August 9, 2014

“…forcin’ a light into all those stoney faces left stranded on this warm July.”

“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1973)

Eight photos capturing the essence of the Caxton Building, built in 1903.

Located at 812 Huron Road in downtown Cleveland, the 8-story structure was built specifically to house several Cleveland-based commercial printing and graphic-arts businesses. Several of the floors were designed to bear 300 pounds per sq. ft to accommodate the heavy printing machinery used by these tenants.

The beauty of the Romanesque architecture style terra cotta archway framing the main entrance really is striking. Designed by local architect, Frank Seymour Barnum, (who is noted for his work as architect and Superintendent of Buildings for the Cleveland Public Schools,) the Caxton Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated as a Cleveland landmark in 1976.

Photos taken July 17, 2014

“And the embers never fade… in my city by the lake… the place where I was born…”

“Tonight Reprise” – The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

Two photos of The Cleveland West Pierhead Lighthouse, built in 1911. The fixture sits on the Lake Erie breakwall that protects the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and the Port of Cleveland.

Photos taken from the old Coast Guard Station Pier on Whiskey Island on July 5, 2014.

“…Life’s rich demand creates supply in the hand of the powers… the only vote that matters…”

“Begin The Begin” – REM (1987)

10 photos –
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Located: E. 6th Street and Superior Avenue, downtown

Architectural style: Modern adaptation of Italian Renaissance

Architecture Firm: Walker and Weeks (Cleveland)

Exterior facade: Etowah Georgia marble and Moose-a-Bee granite (from Maine)

Sculpture: Henry Hering, New York, (1874 – 1949)

Building Completed: 1923

Added to the Nation Registry of Historic Places: 1976

Photos taken June 9, 2014

“oooh… it’s a sunny day outside my window…”

“Uncle Salty” – AEROSMITH (1975)

Cleveland, Ohio: Historic Brownstone townhouses along the north side of the 3600 block of Prospect Avenue East– built in 1874. I shot other photos, in color, of the same location last year.

Photo taken May 13, 2014

“I’m standing here on the ground… the sky above won’t fall down… see no evil, in all directions…”

“Don’t Change” – INXS (1982)

[7 photographs]

The Euclid Avenue Congregational Church (current/temporary)
The First United Methodist Church (former)

Completed: 1904
Style: Gothic Revival
Architect: J. Milton Dyer
Location: 3000 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

(An earlier, additional photo I took in December 2013: “A winter’s day… in a deep and dark December…” posted on 12/21/13)

Photos taken: June 16, 2014

“Coming out of my cage and I’ve been doing just fine…”

“Mr. Brightside” – The Killers (2004)

From inside the Galleria at Erieview shopping mall, looking east toward the Erieview Tower.

Located at the corner of East 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue in downtown Cleveland, The Galleria was built in 1987 and was the vision of Erieview Tower (and then Cleveland Indians Major League baseball team owner), Richard Jacobs.

Photo taken June 27, 2014

“On a Monday, I was arrested… On a Tuesday, they locked me in the jail… On a Wednesday, my trial was attested… On a Thursday, they said, guilty and the judge’s gavel fell…”

“I Got Stripes” – Johnny Cash (1959, live)
“I Got Stripes” – Joaquin Phoenix (2005)

Another set of pictures of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Photos taken June 16, 2014

“Ooh, crazy’s what they think about me… ain’t gonna stop ’cause they tell me so… ’cause 99 miles per hour baby… is how fast that I like to go…”

“The Walker” – Fitz And The Tantrums (2013)

(4 photographs)

Pictured above, is the home where world track and field legend Jesse Owens lived as a boy, in Cleveland, Ohio. Located at 2178 East 100th Street, the house has held up well over the years.

To escape a racially segregated American south and find better job opportunities in Ohio, Henry Owens and his family migrated north to Cleveland from Alabama. Jesse was 9-years old.

A rising track star at Cleveland’s East Technical High School, Jesse Owens moved on to Ohio State University where he won eight individual NCAA National Track and Field Championships during the years of 1935 and 1936.

In 1936, Owens also ran in the Berlin Olympics where he became an international athletic phenomenon, winning four gold medals in front of an exasperated Adolf Hitler.

As a tribute to Jesse Owens, the statue below was placed in Huntington Park, on Lakeside Avenue in downtown, in 1982.

As a comparison, the photo below from The Cleveland Press Collection, shows the Owens house as it was in 1935. Sitting on the front steps is a young Jesse Owens and his family.

The top photo taken May 30, 2014
Photos two and three taken June 16, 2014

“Out of the blue, and into the black…”

“My, My, Hey, Hey (Out of the Blue)” – Neil Young and Crazy Horse (live, 1979)

A shot of the Terminal Tower and the Tower City Center Complex in downtown Cleveland, from the Carter Road Bridge spanning the Cuyahoga River.

Photo taken February 25, 2014

“Let the stories be told… let them say what they want… let the photos be old… let them show what they want…”

This photo is taken from the promotional booklet entitled “Then and now, the story of the Cleveland Leader and the Cleveland News” printed in 1913

“Let the Good Times Roll” – The Cars (1978)

On October 21, 1911, ground was broken at the corner of East 6th Street and Superior Avenue for what was later hailed as “the finest Newspaper plant and Office Building in the world”– home to two local newspapers, The Cleveland News, and The Cleveland Leader.

Designed by architect Charles Adams Platt, the Fifteen-floor building rises above a beautifully detailed lobby complete with Famousa marble flooring, imported from Germany, and elegant Bronze grill work, throughout.

The fate of the two newspapers was eventually taken over by current daily Cleveland Newspaper, The Plain Dealer, after a series of mergers and acquisitions.

Today the building provides office space for Cleveland’s bustling downtown business district.

Photos taken June 9, 2014

“This kids not alright…”

“THISKIDSNOTALRIGHT” – Awolnation (2013)

[13 Photos]

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

“…it’s to a castle I will take you… where what’s to be, they say will be…”

“What Is and What Should Never Be” – Led Zeppelin (1969)

[11 Photographs]

At 10660 Carnegie Avenue, in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, the Tudor Arms Hotel building marks the sky with castle-like elegance, and has served the community in vastly different ways over the years of it’s existence.

The building opened it’s doors originally in 1933, as The Cleveland Club, an exclusive, members-only, place where Cleveland’s upper-crust met for lavish parties and other extracurricular activities.

The 12-story, Tudor Revival-style building was designed by American Civil War veteran, and MIT graduate, residential architect Frank B. Meade. Included amenities that attracted Cleveland area socialites to the Cleveland Club– a bowling alley, two swimming pools, a squash court, and two majestically detailed ballrooms.

A victim of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, the club eventually closed and The Tudor Arms Hotel took over the beautiful confines in 1939. During the 1940’s, the Tudor Arms Hotel became known for it’s dinner and jazz shows that filled it’s main ballroom– The Empress Room, on a nightly basis. The hotel offered 157 leaded-glass window, elegantly detailed suites. The hotel corridors lavished beautifully molded plaster and carved stone decor to the visiting guest’s experience.

Case Western Reserve University, eventually took over management of the Hotel as hotel business declined, and the building was slowly converted to a graduate student residence hall in the late 1950’s. By 1963, a total conversion had taken place. In later years, the building was leased to the federally funded Cleveland Job Corps.

Today, the building is home to DoubleTree by Hilton – The Tudor Arms Hotel, as well as two fine restaurants, and offers an exquisite over-night option for visitors to the nearby main campuses of the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and other institutions in walking distance around the University Circle area.

First 10 photos taken May 16, 2014
Bottom photo taken April 19, 2014

“You’ll wind up in some factory that’s full-time filth and nowhere left to go…”

“Don’t Go Back to Rockville” – REM (1984)

A collection of 17 photos I took of the historic Warner & Swasey Company factory building located at 5701 Carnegie Avenue near E. 55th Street, on Cleveland’s east side. I snuck into the old building on my lunch hour one day and climbed to the top in amazement.

The factory was built in 1881 and was the fruition of owners Worcester P. Warner and Ambrose Swasey. The factory produced turret lathes, but was more famous for it’s precision astronomical telescopes and other optical instruments.

In 1886, the largest telescope in the world, at that time, was created at this site for the Lick Observatory in California. Other Warney and Swasey telescopes were produced for the United States Naval Observatory, the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas at Austin, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, in Canada, and the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin, to name just a few.

Because the turret lathes were far more profitable to make, this is what the company concentrated on in the 20th Century. By World War II, employing over 7,000 people, over half of all such lathes produced in the United States were manufactured in Cleveland by Warner and Swasey.

The beautiful structure has been ransacked over the years following it’s closure in 1983. The walk through to the top was fascinating, knowing the work that had been done there, and the age of the structure. The city is going through a 3 Million Dollar remediation project funded by the Federal Government to clean up and restore the old Warner & Swasey factory, but these days, from the evidence that I saw, not much has been done (or even started.) Eventually it is hoped that the facility can be refurbished into new offices, labs, and warehouse space and play a vital role in the continual development of Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor.

Interior photographs taken May 13, 2014
Exterior facade photographs taken May 21, 2014

“…my reach is global, my tower secure… my cause is noble, my power is pure…”

“Handlebars” – FLOBOTS (2008)

375,000-square-feet of world renowned cancer patient care, clinical research, and education, embody the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Located on the Case Western Reserve Medical School/University Hospitals Main Campus on Euclid Avenue, in Cleveland’s University Circle district, the Building was completed in 2011.

Photo taken April 19, 2014

“…you’ll never live like common people… you’ll never do whatever common people do…”

“Common People” – PULP (1995)
“Common People” – William Shatner (2004)

At the corner of Demington Street and Fairmount Boulevard– one of the hundreds of beautiful mansion-type residences in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The man in the picture seems to be anything but common people!

Photo taken May 15, 2014

“Well all the people have got their problems… that ain’t nothing new…. with the help of the Good Lord we can all pull on through…”

“It Ain’t Easy” – David Bowie (1972)

One of the front entrances to St. Vitas Roman Catholic Church, located at East 61st Street and Glass Avenue, near St. Clair Avenue, on Cleveland’s north east side.

St. Vitas was built in 1932 at a cost of $350,000 and today is the largest Slovenian Church in the United States of America.

“It’s always darkest before the dawn. …I can never leave the past behind…”

“Shake It Out” – Florence + The Machine (2011)

Another view of the President James A. Garfield Memorial, atop a hill at Lakeview Cemetery on Cleveland’s east side.

Photo taken April 19, 2014

“This is the modern world…”

“Modern World” – The Jam (1977)

The Museum of Contemporary Art building, located at the northeast corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road, in uptown Cleveland, near Little Italy and University Circle is beautifully imposing.

The four-story building was designed by Iranian-born, British architect Farshid Moussavi. At a cost of $27.2 million, the structure was completed and the Museum moved in on October 8, 2012.

Photo taken April 19, 2014

“…I wanted rock ‘n roll, I got a science museum…”

“Demons Out!” – Art Brut (2009)

Two pictures looking northeast from inside The Great Lakes Science Center Museum toward the western side of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, on the shores of Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland.

In 1986 Cleveland was chosen by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, a New York City based organization, to be the permanent home to the museum, beating stiff competition from New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, Memphis and Chicago. In 1987, internationally acclaimed architect I.M. Pei was picked to design the building and in 1993 the first shovel of dirt was turned. The Museum was opened two years later.

Another shot of the building that I took in 2012 can be found HERE.

Photos taken February 12, 2014.

“They say that the left side of the brain controls the right… they say that the right side has to work hard all night… maybe I think too much for my own good…”

“Think Too Much” – Paul Simon (1983)

The Rockefeller Physics Building on the campus of Case-Western Reserve University on Cleveland’s east side.

The Italian Renaissance style building was constructed in 1905 at a cost of $96,042.22. The building which bears his name, was built through a gift to the University by John D. Rockefeller.

Photo taken April 19, 2014

“…So if by the time the bar closes… and you feel like falling down.. I’ll carry you home… tonight…”

“We Are Young” – Fun. (2011)

A local hot-spot in the Gordon Square neighborhood arts district on Cleveland’s west side. Spice Kitchen and Bar is a tantalizing restaurant that uses only best locally grown and raised food sources for their Five Star menu offerings. The bar is a popular weekend hang-out along the Detroit Avenue drag, in this part of town. A great, spacious, rear restaurant patio is ideal for summertime festivities and a spot to enjoy a bourbon and cigar, or late night coffee.

Photo taken April 8, 2014

“…and all I do is pour… black coffee… since the blues caught my eye…”

“Black Coffee” – Peggy Lee (1953)

And for comparison purposes, the last picture in this 4 picture set– taken by an unnamed photographer in the early 1950’s (courtesy of The Chesler Group.)

At the northwest corner of Detroit Avenue and West 29th Street, on Cleveland’s near-west side, sits a refurbished relic from days gone by… Originally built in 1895 to house the Cleveland Steel Range Company, and later a different company that produced pistons for automobiles and airplane engines, the Van Rooy Coffee Company purchased and moved into the Romanesque-Revival style industrial building in 1935. The company provided “Hotel Quality” roasted Arabica coffee beans from Brazil and around the world as well as teas and spices from The Orient, and quickly developed a “second-to-none” reputation for the highest quality of products. The Van Rooy Coffee Company, still in operation, moved from this building in 2003, to a site just outside Cleveland. The old Van Rooy Building is listed both on the National Register of Historic Places and the Cleveland Landmark Registry.

First three photos taken April 8, 2014

“It’s time to reapply what we call neighborhoods and start to trust your neighbors…”

“Fermented and Flailing” – NOFX (2009)

Looking southwest toward Cleveland State University and the Spanish Pentecostal Church of God, from E. 38th Street near Superior Avenue / Asiatown, Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken March 4, 2014

“…and life is like a pipe and I’m a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside…”

“Back to Black” – Amy Winehouse (2007, live acoustic)

Four photographs of “Portal“, a mid-1970’s sculpture by internationally acclaimed Japanese-American artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi. Noguchi was noted for his work within the “Biomorphism” art movement, where use of naturally occurring shapes, patterns and design from nature were the primary influence.

The 36 foot high, steel “Portal” sculpture was placed on the Plaza of the Cleveland Justice Center, on Ontario Street, just south of Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It was donated to the city in 1977 by the Gund Foundation.

Photos taken April 4, 2014

“If you ever see me coming… and if you know who I am… don’t you breathe it to nobody… ’cause you know I’m on the lamb…”

“Wanted Man” – Johnny Cash (1969, Live at San Quentin Prison)

Four photographs of the old Cleveland Police Headquarters Building, built in 1925. Today it serves as the Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Headquarters and also houses the City’s Bureau of Communication. Located on Payne Avenue, between East 19th and East 21st Streets, just north of the Cleveland State University campus, in downtown, the building once housed the office of Elliot Ness. During the 1930’s, riding his recent fame for successfully prosecuting Al Capone in Chicago, Ness served as Cleveland’s Chief Investigator for the Alcohol Tax Unit as well as Cleveland’s Public Safety Inspector.

Top photo taken February 22, 2014

Second, third and fourth photos taken March 31, 2014

“Looking around the house… hidden behind the window and the door… searching for signs of life but there’s nobody home…”

“Good” – Better than Ezra (1995)

The two-story, red-bricked Italianate, Jeremiah Ensworth House, built in 1870, is one of the many fascinating buildings that still exist along Cleveland’s Prospect Avenue. The house was built as Ensworth’s residence upon his return to Cleveland, following his service as Captain in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The beautiful structure is listed on National Register of Historic Places

To the right of the house, another historically significant structure, also listed on the Register: The Plaza Apartments. Built in 1901.

Photo taken January 10, 2014

“…but my hand was made strong… by the hand of the All Mighty…”

“Redemption Song” – Bob Marley (1980)
“Redemption Song” – Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer (2002)

Two photos of the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, on Fairmount Boulevard, in the eastern Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights. Construction on this beautiful structure began in 1928, and a year later it was dedicated. Designed by Cleveland Architectural firm Walker and Weeks, the church was built utilizing Indiana Limestone, in Gothic Architectural Style.

Photos taken March 7, 2014

“…it’s a competitive world… everything counts in large amounts.”

“Everything Counts” – Depeche Mode (1983)

Another side to the modern structure at 200 Public Square– the Huntington Bancshares Building, formerly the BP America Building, in downtown Cleveland. This 659 ft skyscraper contains 1.2 million square feet of business office space and has 36 elevators and 10 escalators to make mobility within the tower easier.

Photo taken November 5, 2013

“I know where you stand silent in the trees… and that’s where I am… silent in the trees.”

“Trees” – Twenty One Pilots (2011)

Up on a hill… Another view of St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, located at 733 Starkweather Avenue, on Cleveland’s near-West side.

Photo taken November 1, 2013

“She drew out all her money out of the Southern Trust.. and put her little boy aboard a Greyhound Bus…”

“Bye Bye Johnny” – Chuck Berry (1960)
“Bye Bye Johnny” – The Rolling Stones (1964)

The Greyhound Bus Terminal, located on Chester Avenue in downtown Cleveland, between East 17th and 13th streets, was the largest bus station in the United States when it’s construction was completed in the Spring of 1948.

Designed by architect William Arrasmith, the station was built at a cost of $1.25 Million, in “Art Moderne” architectural style (also called “Streamline Moderne,” a derivative of the “Art Deco” movement.) The aerodynamic look of the building fit into the Bus Company’s marketing focus of streamlined and effortless travel.

The Cleveland Greyhound Bus Station Building was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1999. In 2000, it was restored and modernized, while preserving it’s historic relevance and beauty.

Photo taken February 24, 2014

“…we’ve not yet lost all our graces…”

“Team” – Lorde (live on Letterman, Dec. 2013)

Located on the northeast corner of E. 46th Street and Cedar Avenue– Another of Cleveland’s sacred landmarks: the old First Church of Christ Scientist, now Lane Metropolitan C.M.E. The church was designed in 1900 by George Hammond, in Neoclassical architectural style. Seen here, the massive stone ionic columns carrying the weight of a classic pediment and portico.

Photo taken October 28, 2013

“You are a tower of strength to me… you stand firm and proud when the wind blows in your face… and when the sun shines in your eyes…”

“Tower of Strength” – The Mission UK (1994)

On Public Square, in Downtown Cleveland… The Soldiers and Sailors Monument standing in the shadows of the Terminal Tower.

Photo taken February 22, 2014

“…I said where’d you get your information from, huh? You think that you can front when Revelation comes?”

“So What’cha Want” – Beastie Boys (1992)

On the campus of Case Western Reserve University, on Cleveland’s east side, at University Circle– a rear view of The Church of the Covenant. This beautiful Presbyterian Church was designed by Ralph Adams Cram in Gothic Revival architectural style. The structure, built of Indiana limestone, was completed in 1911. The limestone is structural in use rather than ornamental, as there was no brick or steel support skeleton used. In 1980, The Church of the Covenant was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo taken on February 10, 2014.

“Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street… from my window I’m staring while my coffee grows cold…”

“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” – Joe Jackson (1978)

On the southeast corner of W. 3rd Street and Lakeside Avenue, in the Warehouse District of Downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken October 10, 2013

“She asked me, ‘Son, when I grow old… will you buy me a house of gold?”

“House of Gold” – Twenty One Pilots (2013)

Three photographs sampling the diverse dwellings that populate E. 89th Street, between Euclid and Hough Avenues, on Cleveland’s east side. The area is designated as a National Register of Historic Places District for it’s surviving late 1800’s – early 1900’s residential architecture. E. 89th Street, originally called ‘Bolton Avenue’ is also classified as a Cleveland Landmark District.

Photos taken January 31, 2014

“But falling over you… is the news of the day.”

“The Ghost in You” – The Psychedelic Furs (1984)

At 1017 Fairfield Avenue in Cleveland’s near-west side Tremont neighborhood, the building that once housed the city’s first daily Polish Newspaper, Wiadomosci Codzienne.

Photo taken February 4, 2014

“Don’t stand alone… you might turn to stone… I’m sure there is a pill for that… you’re on your own…”

“All I Want to Be (is by your side)” – Peter Frampton (1972)

The Cuyahoga County Courthouse, at Lakeside and Ontario Streets, in downtown Cleveland, was the fifth in a series of courthouses built since the city’s inception. This house of justice was built between 1906 and 1911, costing $4 Million. It was Designed in Beaux-Arts architectural style, by Cleveland architectural firm Lehman and Schmitt, with Beaux-Arts trained architect, Charles Morris as chief designer.

The sculpted marble figures that rest on the building’s decorative cornice, or ledge, represent historic figures in the history of Law. Several different artists were commissioned to create these ornate statues, including the acclaimed American sculptor Daniel Chester French, who was responsible for, among other historically significant works, the sitting Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington D.C.

In 1975 the courthouse was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Top photo taken September 10, 2013 (front)
Bottom photo taken October 13, 2013 (rear)

“I can’t stop smiling long enough to pretend to sympathize…”

“I Can’t Stop Smiling” – Velocity Girl (1994)

(3 photos) At the southwest corner of East 36th Street and Superior Avenue sits The Tavern Club Building, built in 1904. The Tavern Club, which was established in 1892-93, was a “Gentleman’s Club” for distinguished Cleveland “movers and shakers” of the time. Today the Tudor-style structure still operates as an upscale night club and restaurant.

Photos taken January 10, 2014

“Damn this traffic jam… how I hate to be late… it hurts my motor to go so slow… time I get home my supper’ll be cold. Damn this traffic jam…”

“Traffic Jam” – James Taylor (1977)

Another bridge icon in northeastern Ohio spanning east and west over the Cuyahoga River Valley. The Valley View Bridge, better known as the I-480 Bridge, was opened in 1977 and connects eastern and western suburbs of Cleveland. It consists of two parallel sections 4,150 feet in length. The bridge rises 212 feet above the river valley below.

Photo taken December 30, 2013

“…but some how the vital connection is made.”

“Connection” – Elastica (1994)

One of the many bridges that connect east with west, over the Cuyahoga River flats–the Interstate 90 Bridge looking east toward downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken December 11, 2013

“The Lord be gracious unto you…”

From Numbers 6:24-26
“The Lord Bless You and Keep You” – The Normandy High School Choir, Parma, Ohio (1983)

A backyard shot on the Southern edges of the Tremont neighborhood, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Merry Christmas!

Photo taken December 11, 2013

“A winter’s day… in a deep and dark December…”

“I Am a Rock” – Simon and Garfunkle (1965)

This picture looks southeast toward the First United Methodist Church, located at East 30th Street and Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland. The church was built in 1905 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by J. Milton Dyer, in an adapted Perpendicular Gothic Architectural style and is made primarily of Indiana Limestone. The Sanctuary seats approximately 1,200 people.

This photo was taken December 13, 2013, from the lawn of the Samuel Mather Mansion, on the campus of Cleveland State University.

“…Let every heart prepare Him room…”

“Joy to the World” – Nat King Cole (1960)

Public Square, in downtown Cleveland at Christmas time… a blessed time of year. The lights around the Square will put even the staunchest “Grinch” into the Christmas spirit!

Photos taken December 19, 2013

“…and I’m a skinny little boy from Cleveland Ohio, come to drink your women and chase your beer…”

“Skinny” – Alex Bevan (1976)

The grand daddy of local breweries in Cleveland, The Great Lakes Brewing Company was established in the Cleveland west side neighborhood of Ohio City, across from the West Side Market, in 1988. Today, the vastly expanded brewery is a favorite brew pub and restaurant night spot, where connoisseurs and happy-hour partiers can hang out, drink and eat. In 2011, The Great Lakes Brewery was the 18th largest craft-brewery in the United States. The beer is phenomenal! In the warm months in Cleveland, the establishment’s sidewalk patio along Market Avenue is THE place to be!

Photos taken November 14, 2013

“Our history runs down our rivers… down our rivers to the sea… reminds us of the things that matter… home and hearth and history…”

“Rivers” – Frank Turner (2011)

On the Chicago River… traversing the city of Chicago via the Architectural Riverboat Tour.

Photo taken July 28, 2013

“But then my partner called to say the pension funds were gone… he made some bad investments, now the accounts are overdrawn… I took a walk…”

“Take a Walk” – Passion Pit (2012)

Three photographs of the old Cleveland Trust Rotunda Building located at the corner of East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue in the heart of downtown Cleveland. The building was constructed between 1905 and 1908, in neo-classicism architectural style. The sculpture relief work for the building was done by Karl Theodore Francis Bitter (1867-1915). It was used by Cleveland Trust until the 1980’s when the bank was sold to Ameritrust. Soon after the transaction, Ameritrust was sold to Key Bank and the Cleveland Trust Rotunda Building was closed. Today there are plans for a multi-use complex, including a hotel, a Heinen’s Food Market and residential space. This beautiful building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

The top two photos were taken on November 11, 2013.
The bottom photo was taken on October 8, 2013.

“…down in the part of town where when you hit a red light you don’t stop…”

“Johnny 99” – Bruce Springsteen (1982)

Three lone photographs. There were hundreds, if not thousands of subject matter examples. Blight. The once proud city of Detroit, Michigan in decay and destruction. I was strongly warned not to get off of I-75 in Detroit, as I passed through heading back to Cleveland. The admonition was warranted, based on what I saw– but it was a challenge that I could not shy away from… and I found myself exiting off of the interstate, into the neighborhoods that make up the downtown area and it’s surroundings. Worse than what I could have ever imagined… Like a bombed-out, war-torn battlefield. The disturbing result of rampant crime, poverty, joblessness… a city governance that has not tended to it’s flock, and now, can not afford to…

But the motor city is not without it’s heartbeat. Grand theaters, and stunning architectural reclamation, sparsely spots the urban landscape. A Major League Baseball Park to rival in grandeur and personality, any I have seen, any where.

I did not see the whole city. It was only an hour spent– witnessing what I had only read about and seen on the television.

May God have Mercy on the people of Detroit.

Photos taken November 17, 2013

“Pretty Good Year”

“Pretty Good Year” – Tori Amos (1994)

Former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company World Headquarters are being transformed into a modern “live, work and play” mixed-use urban attraction on Akron, Ohio’s east side. Goodyear is moving into new facilities in the city, and the historic, old buildings that were vital to Akron’s development as the “rubber capital of the world”–1.7 million square feet, in all, are being redeveloped through an ambitious urban renewal project called “East End.”

Photo taken November 23, 2013

“And if I’ve built this fortress around your heart…”

“Fortress Around Your Heart” – STING (1985)

Two 9-story city buildings fused together in 1890… The Cleveland Arcade, built of grand Romanesque style architecture by the Detroit Bridge Company, is one of the few remaining arcades of its kind in the United States. The two buildings are joined together by a five-story arcade with a 300-foot glass skylight. With ornate entrances at both ends, the structure nestles between Euclid and Superior Avenues, in Downtown Cleveland. The elaborate project was financed by John D. Rockefeller, and several other wealthy Clevelanders. Today, the Victorian Age structure remains a vibrant reminder of Cleveland’s booming past–home to shops, restaurants, and a beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Photo taken November 5, 2013.

“…with her line blown out she’s hummin’ like a turbojet… propped her up in the backyard on concrete blocks for a new clutch plate and a new set of shocks…”

“Open All Night” – Bruce Springsteen (1982)

Cleveland Packard Building
Built in 1915
Classical Revival Architectural Style
Located at 5100-5206 Prospect Avenue, in Cleveland, Ohio
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984

The building served as Cleveland’s Packard Automobile Dealership from 1915 to 1939.

Photo taken October 28, 2013

“Sleep with one eye open, grippin’ your pillow tight… exit light, enter night… Take my hand… we’re off to never never-land…”

“Enter Sandman” – Metallica (1991)

Pictured: The mysterious, dilapidated, old dwelling that hugs against the Friendship Baptist Church at E. 55th Street and Central Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The church was built originally as the Tifereth Israel (The Temple), Jewish synagogue, in 1894. I could find no history on the house.

Photo taken October 4, 2013

“…The light in the window is a crack in the sky… a stairway to darkness in the blink of an eye…”

“No More Tears” – Ozzy Osborne (1991)

Calvary Presbyterian Church
Located at E.79th Street and Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
Construction begun in 1888
Architect: Charles Schweinfurth

Photo taken October 22, 2013

“…He set my feet upon a rock… made my footsteps firm… Many will see… Many will see and hear…”

“40” – U2 (live, 1983)
Psalm 40 (NIV)

Three photos of Trinity Cathedral at Euclid Avenue and East 22nd Street, across from the campus of Cleveland State University, in downtown Cleveland. Built between 1901 and 1907, the historic Episcopal cathedral was designed by architect Charles F. Schweinfurth in English Gothic Style. The exterior of the structure is made of Indiana Limestone. In 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos taken October 11, 2013

“And you read your Emily Dickinson… and I my Robert Frost… and we note our place with bookmarkers… that measure what we’ve lost…”

“Dangling Conversation” – Simon and Garfunkle (1966)

Pictured: The ceiling inside the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, located at 325 Superior Avenue in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Designed by the local Architectural Firm of Walker & Weeks, in Classical Renaissance style, the library was completed in 1925.

Photo taken October 4, 2013

“There’s an oil barge winding… down the Cuyahoga River…”

“Burn On” – Randy Newman (1972)

Three photographs of the Center Street Bridge, located in the heart of the “Flats” near downtown Cleveland. The first two photographs, looking south eastward, show a freighter ship as it approaches the bridge and as the “Bob-tail Swing Bridge” moves into passing position and allows ships slowly through the narrow channel. The Center Street Swing Bridge was built in 1910 providing foot and automobile traffic to travel east and west across the river. Once the most popular form of bridge in the U.S. today it is the only one of it’s kind still in operation in the State of Ohio. Towering above the Center Street Bridge is the mighty Detroit-Superior Avenue Bridge, built later. The third photograph from street level shows the Center Street Bridge from the east bank of the Cuyahoga River spanning across the waterway.

Top photo taken September 23, 2013
Middle photo taken September 6, 2013
Bottom photo taken August 15, 2012