“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


RNC 2016 CLE: “It’s a God awful job, but it’s gotta be done… protecting the soul of America…”

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams

 and radio talk show host, Alex Jones


“Soul Of America” – Ian Hunter (2007)

(67 Photos)

The Republican National Convention came to Cleveland this week, and I could not be more proud of my city. Thank you to Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and the officers he leads, as well as the hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country who came to Cleveland this week to help make this a safe, demonstrative, and enjoyable event. Thank you also to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and the local and RNC Planning committees. The city was prepared, organized, and shining! I went down to Public Square and East 6th Street on Tuesday, where much of the outdoor activities took place. There were demonstrators of all ilks and persuasions, as well as thousands of Convention attendees taking in our fair city. The feedback that I have read has been overwhelmingly and greatly positive. I made sure to thank the law enforcement officers that I came across, just for being there and for keeping everyone safe. Proud to be a Clevelander!

Photos taken July 12, 16, and 19, 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

“…talkin’ baseball… baseball and the Tribe…”

“Talkin’ Baseball” – Terry Cashman (2008)

Today is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day in many cities across America (and Canada!) The hopes and dreams of October championship baseball are alive and well for fans of every team!

Today in Cleveland, the Indians play their chilly home and season opener against the Boston Redsox with David Price the starting pitcher for the Sox, and Cy Young Award winner, Cory Kluber taking the mound for the hometown good-guys.  First pitch at Jacobs Field is scheduled for 4:10 PM.

Pictured above: The 28-foot neon sign that adorned the 74,000 seat Cleveland Municipal Stadium at Gate D for 32 years. The old stadium was demolished in 1996 with the Tribe’s new home, Jacobs Field, opening on April 2, 1994.

Some time ago,  I wrote a post about the inspiration and reason behind the “Indians” team name. The cartoon mascot “Chief Wahoo” has caused controversy among some, but to me Chief Wahoo is simply an emblem representing my baseball team!

Today the Chief Wahoo sign has been preserved and is on display at Cleveland’s Western Reserve Historical Society (as seen in my photograph above, taken December 30, 2014.)

“…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

“…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

“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.

“…’round here we always stand up straight… ’round here something radiates…”

“Round Here” – Counting Crows (1993)

An outdoor sculpture garden in the Health Career Programs wing of Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus in Parma, Ohio. In this sector of the College, facilities for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Electroneurodiagnostic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiography, Mammography, Polysomnography, Veterinary Technology and Physicians Assistant Programs are housed.

Photo taken July 15, 2015

“Oh it were sweet to think… that May should be ours again…”

“In May” – Poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1913)

(13 photos)
At 750 E 88th Street, on a parcel of land– a section of the 270 acres donated to the City of Cleveland by oil tycoon and philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller– the City’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse in all of it’s splendor. Completed in 1905, the greenhouse has been free and open to the public year-round throughout the decades. Visitors to the park enjoy lush indoor and outdoor gardens of many varieties. A quiet and colorful place to spend a lunch hour on a warm day in the month of May.

Photos taken May 7, 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

“…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

“Welcome to Believeland!”

“…and he had something relevant to say… now he sits alone in his chair…”

“Mr. Gray” – The Happy Bullets (2005)

A small patch of serenity at the busy intersection of Euclid and Chester Avenues, on Cleveland’s East side–part of University Circle’s Wade Park. An ode to Cleveland native, Republican United States Senator, political power broker, and industrialist Marcus Alonzo Hanna (1837 – 1904.)

The monument, was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, an American sculptor, who was responsible for the design of the $20 “double eagle” gold piece, produced by the United States Mint between 1907 and 1933, considered today to be one of the most exquisite coins ever minted in the U.S. The monument’s base was created by Henry Bacon– famous for his design of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C.

The inscription on the monument’s base reads:

“This monument is erected by friends and fellow citizens commemorating his efforts between capital and labor and his useful citizenship and distinguished public service.”

The Hanna Monument was unveiled to the public on May 24, 1908.

Photo taken October 28, 2014

“I will be your knight in shining armor… coming to your emotional rescue…”

“Emotional Rescue” – The Rolling Stones (1980)

Armor for the Tilt (Joust) of Archduke Maximilian III of Austria (1558-1618), from the Trophaengarnitur, 1571
On display at The Cleveland Museum of Art

Photo taken December 30, 2014

“I’m a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm… I’m a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb…”

“Search and Destroy” – Iggy Pop and the Stooges (1973)

[10 photos]
Hidden in a heavily overgrown urban meadow on Cleveland’s West 53rd street, just south of Interstate 90– another abandoned factory of yesterday. Built in 1920, the brick structure was part of the Joseph & Feiss Company, a clothing manufacturer famous for it’s Clothcraft brand high quality $15 blue serge suits.

Today, lost in an undeveloped former industrial area, secluded along the railroad tracks, the long-closed facility has become a stopping point for an “underground culture” of urban graffiti artists, gangs, and the homeless seeking shelter. Although attempts have been made to board-up the entrances and smashed out windows, I did discover a passageway inside. But not on this trip– I wasn’t dressed for the “dirty work” it would take to get in… and what/who would I find once I got inside? Maybe another time!

Photos taken September 20, 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

“…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

“Two heads together… are better than one in rainy or sunny weather…”

“Two Hearts Are Better Than One” – Frank Sinatra (1946)

The outer wall of an abandoned building where E. 120th Street dead-ends at Coltman Street, in the far eastern recesses of Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood. I have no idea the “who” or the “why” of the two faces that have been painted onto this building… but they caught my eye. Urban street art… there doesn’t have to be a rhyme or reason!

Photo taken September 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

“I alone tempt you…”

“I Alone” – Live (1994)

Sculpture on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

This “I” piece photograph complements a shot I took here last year.

Photo taken September 19, 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

“…I think I’m in trouble…”

In a window along the exterior wall of Cleveland’s famed Tee Shirt printing shop, Daffy Dan’s. Located at 2101 Superior Avenue, near Cleveland State University, in downtown, DD’s has been custom screen printing tee shirts since 1973. Since then, according to Daffy Dan: “If your t-shirt doesn’t have DD on the sleeve, it’s just underwear!”

A picture of me back in college, sporting a Daffy Dan’s WMMS 101 FM Home of the Buzzard t-shirt:

“Trouble” – Lindsey Buckingham (1981)

“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

“…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

“You could have an aeroplane flying…. if you bring your blue sky back…”

“Sledgehammer” – Peter Gabriel (1986)

The weathervane high atop the former Akron-Fulton Airport Terminal Building, built in 1932.

Akron, Ohio
Photo taken May 7, 2014

“Yeah, I’ve got more records than the KGB…”

“Paper Planes” – M.I.A. (2007)

Two photos of the laminated floor at Blue Arrow Records on Waterloo Drive in the North Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

Photos taken June 23, 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

“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

“As daydreams slide to color from shadow… picture the moonglow that dazzles my eyes…”

“Pure” – The Lightning Seeds (1989)

Found on E. 54th Street and Eliza Avenue– a remote area of Slavic Village, a neighborhood on Cleveland’s south east side.

“Pure and simple every time…”

Photo taken June 17, 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’re so afraid to catch a dose of influenza… you live your life like a canary in a coalmine… you get so dizzy even walking in a straight line…”

“Canary in a Coalmine” – THE POLICE (1980)

Public Artwork
North Collinwood Neighborhood
The Waterloo Arts District
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken April 26, 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

“…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.

“…how many lives are living strange?”

“Champagne Supernova” – OASIS (1995)

A “strange” residential gate, in Cleveland’s near-west side Edgewater neighborhood.

Photo taken September 11, 2013

“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

“…old friends… sat on their park bench like bookends…”

“Old Friends” – Simon and Garfunkle (1968)

On the eastern exterior wall of the Superior Building, on Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland– the mural “Life Is Sharing the Same Park Bench” by artist John F. Morrell. Morrell who painted this mural for the city in 1969, died at the age of 77 in 2010.

Photo taken April 15, 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

“…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

“….made eye contact with a solitary pickle…”

“Reading Time With Pickle” – Regina Spektor (2002)

I couldn’t pass-up this ad artwork, without grabbing the camera and clicking the shutter release… A cartoon pickle clinging to the Terminal Tower. A banner advertising “Cleveland Pickle”— a downtown sub shop, located at Euclid Avenue and East 9th Street. Awesome!

Photo taken February 28, 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

“…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

“Fifteen minutes with you… oh, I wouldn’t say no…”

“Reel Around the Fountain” – The Smiths (1984)

Another picture from the Italian Cultural Garden section of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens that stretches from the Shoreway along Lake Erie to University Circle, on Cleveland’s East side.

Photo taken October 15, 2013

“…’Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess… singin’ drunken lullabies.”

“Drunken Lullabies” – Flogging Molly (2002)

(two photographs: front entrance, and rear patio area)

I was lucky enough to bring in the new year, 2012, at this fantastic Irish Pub– called, “The Treehouse,” but never a St. Patty’s Day… not yet at least!

Located in the heart of Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, at the northeast corner of Professor and College Avenues, the original structure was completed in 1900. After a variety of different uses over the years, the Treehouse opened for business in 1996 and has been a “must do” entertainment spot along Professor, ever since.

Inside the Jameson and Guinness flow and the crowd arrives nightly. The sizable bar service area is Canopied by a huge tree, with branches extending out over nearly the whole bar area.

I am thinking a pint of Guinness Stout after work today may be in order! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Photos taken January 4, 2014

“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

“I’m hip… I’m alive… I enjoy any joint where there’s jive…”

“I’m Hip” – Blossom Dearie (1966)

Sidewalk art on Euclid Avenue, across the street from the STATE, OHIO, and PALACE Theatres at Playhouse Square, in the Downtown Cleveland Theater District.

Photo taken October 11, 2013

“I want a girl with the right allocations… who’s fast and thorough and sharp as a tack… she’s playing with her jewelry… she’s putting up her hair… she’s touring the facility and picking up slack…”

“Short Skirt/Long Jacket” – CAKE (2001)

I found this in a shopfront window along Old River Road, on the East bank of the Flats, just down from the St. Clair Avenue incline and Downtown Cleveland’s Warehouse District.

Photo taken October 4, 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

“…they think that I got no respect, but… everything means less than zero…”

“Less Than Zero” – Elvis Costello and the Attractions (1977)

Found in the old steel yards down in the industrial flats of Cleveland.

Photo taken January 16, 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.

“Living on a lighted stage approaches the unreal… for those who think and feel…”

“Limelight” – RUSH (1981)

A mural on the west-facing wall of the historic Karamu House theater at E. 89th Street, in Cleveland’s east side Fairfax neighborhood. The person depicted in the mural is famed alumnus of the Karamu House, actress Ruby Dee. The 40-by-36-foot mural was completed in July of 2013 by nationally acclaimed muralist Kent Twitchell, with help from several local artists and volunteers.

Photo taken January 31, 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)

“There are no absolutes, no big wheels in the sky… you don’t have to be first, just gotta somehow get by…”

“Tested” – Bad Religion (1998)

At the E. 49th Street trail head of Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood “Morgana Run Trail” rests this marker– a flower-like artifice standing 35-feet tall. The sculpture is made of steel, the substance produced for the world at nearby factories, and bicycle wheels, representing the popular mode of transportation on the trail. Cleveland Public Art and ParkWorks commissioned the project which was designed by local artist, Jake Beckman, and constructed by the Signature Sign Company of Cleveland. It can be seen by motorists on Interstate-77, commuting to and from downtown Cleveland.

Photos taken January 13, 2014

“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

“…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

“Hey you, up in the sky… Learning to fly… tell me how high do you think you’ll go…”

“Up in the Sky” – Noel Gallagher (OASIS, acoustic 1994)

(2 photos)

Lucky’s Cafe
777 Starkweather Avenue
Tremont Neighborhood
Near west side – Cleveland, Ohio

Photos taken December 11, 2013

“…You didn’t know it… now you do… this is the way… we move.”

“The Way We Move” – Langhorne Slim & the Law (2013)

“Tsamiko,” the traditional Greek dance where style and attitude is King! Here, a dancer dressed in authentic “Fustanella,” performs the trade-mark Tsamiko high kick with precision and grace.

This performance was part of a Summertime Festival Celebration at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, an eastern suburb of Cleveland.

Photo taken August 25, 2013

“I’m worth a million in prizes… Yeah, I’m through with sleeping on the sidewalk…”

“Lust For Life” – Iggy Pop (1977)

In 1937, a small, undeveloped public park area between the two main Cleveland Public Library buildings in downtown Cleveland was granted to the library and dedicated as the Eastman Park. Named after Linda Eastman, the Director of the Cleveland Public Library system between 1918 and 1938, the area served as an outdoor reading area to patrons of the library. In 1960, the park was renamed The Eastman Reading Garden. Through the years the Eastman Reading Garden was developed with beautiful green landscaping, new seating areas and the addition of well placed public sculpture and other art.

Pictured is one of the many cartoon-like bronze sculptures in the Garden, created by artist Tom Otterness. Another example that I photographed at the library and showcased in a previous post can be found HERE. Otterness Bronze Sculptures are featured all around the United States and across the globe.

Photo taken September 27, 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.

“Paint no illusion, try to click with what you got…”

“Go Let it Out” – OASIS (2000)

The Sherwin-Williams Company, home to Sherwin-Williams Paints, was founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in Cleveland, Ohio in 1866. Still internationally headquartered here, S-W’s is a strong player in the cultural fabric of Cleveland. This mural, across the street from Quicken Loans Arena in downtown, where the NBA Cleveland Cavs play, is but one shining example. I do believe most of the items painted in this Cleveland depiction, are featured as photographs in this blog. “…try to click with what you got…”

Photo taken September 9, 2013

“Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spirits… he runs… wishing he could fly…”

“Helplessly Hoping” – Crosby, Stills and Nash (1969)

The Cleveland Public Power Plant (formerly the Municipal Light Plant) sits on the shores of Lake Erie, near downtown Cleveland. The artwork “The Song of the Whales” painted by artist Robert Wyland, was completed in 1997, and is one of many “Whaling Walls” that the artist has rendered. The Cleveland example is number 75 in his “collection” of 90 such mural paintings nationally. The dimensions of the art, which is readily viewable from I-90 heading into downtown, is 300 feet long, and 108 feet high. Definitely a site to see when visiting the city!

Photo taken November 5, 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

“…fingernails are pretty… fingernails are good… seems that all they ever wanted was a marking…”

“This is a Call” – Foo Fighters (1995)

Sculpture on the scenic grounds of the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst, Ohio Campus. Located at 1950 Richmond Road, on the east side of Cleveland in suburban Lyndhurst.

Photo taken October 18, 2013

“Snow can wait, I forgot my mittens… wipe my nose… get my new boots on…”

“Winter” – Tori Amos (1991, live)

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at University Circle, on Cleveland’s east side– Public artwork by Brittany Lockwood, Cleveland Institute of Art, Class of 2014.

Photo taken October 17, 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

“Well I think I see another side… maybe just another light that shines…”

“Halah” – Mazzy Star (1990)

On Bolivar Road at East 9th Street, in the Lower Prospect-Huron Historic District of downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken October 4, 2013

“I’m gonna go dancin’ every night… I’m gonna see all the city lights… I’ll do everything silver and gold… I got to hurry up before I grow too old…”

“Silver and Gold (before I grow too old)” – Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros (2003)

An exterior wall to the Market Garden Brewery, located on West 25th Street, next to the West Side Market, in Ohio City – Cleveland, Ohio. The wall is complete with a “mail” box attached filled with chalk for adding your answer!

Photo taken September 27, 2013

“All around me are familiar faces… worn out places… worn out faces…”

“Mad World” – Gary Jules and Michael Andrews (2001)
“Mad World” – Tears For Fears (1982)

In the open public space in downtown Cleveland known as “The Mall,” The bronze Abraham Lincoln statue, behind the old Cleveland Board of Education Building (1931). The statue, sculpted by Polish born Max Kalish, was paid for through the fundraising of students from the Cleveland Public Schools in 1932. The inscription on the statue reads “Abraham Lincoln, Statesman, Patriot, Beloved Citizen of the United States of America”

Photo taken September 27, 2013

“…in an octopus’s garden in the shade…”

“Octopus’s Garden” – The Beatles (1969)

Three photos of some of the artwork that exists in a resident’s front yard at the corner of Edgewater and Harborview Drives in the “posh” west side Cleveland neighborhood of Edgewater.

Photos taken September 11, 2013

“I’m free… to be whatever I… whatever I choose… and I’ll sing the blues if I want…”

“Whatever” – OASIS (1994, Noel Gallagher live solo-acoustic)

The “Free Stamp” sculpture
Willard Park
Downtown Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioned by Standard Oil of Ohio (Sohio) in 1985
Dedicated in 1991
Artists: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Dimensions: 28 ft 10 in by 26 ft by 49 ft

Photo taken June 14, 2012

“You are the sun, I am the moon… you are the words, I am the tune… play me”

“Play Me” – Neil Diamond (1972)

Sitting all by itself, out on a city sidewalk at the intersection of E.55th Street and Payne Avenue on Cleveland’s east side. I’m amazed sometimes, at the things I see on the streets of this fine city…

Photo taken September 4, 2013

“And we’ll never be Royals… it don’t run in our blood… that kind of lux just ain’t for us… we crave a different kind of buzz…”

“Royals” – Lorde (2013)

A building exterior facade in South Beach, Miami, Florida.

Photo taken October 30, 2003

“I… love to feel the rain in the summertime… I love to feel the rain on my face…”

“Rain in the Summertime” – The Alarm (1987)

Two photos of the Crown Fountain, in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Interactive. High-Technological. Wonderful on a hot summer day…

Photos taken July 28, 2013

“Benedictus qui est venit… In nomine Domine…”

“Benedictus” – Simon and Garfunkle (1964)

Blessed are those who have come
In the name of the Lord

The Archbishop Quigley Center
(formerly the Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary)
Built: 1917
Architects: Gustav Steinbeck and Zachary Taylor Davis
Style: Gothic Revival
Location: 103 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, Illinois
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Photos taken July 28, 2013

“…you need a bus-load of faith to get by…”

“Busload of Faith” – Lou Reed (1989)

The Temple-Tifereth Israel
(Home to the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center)

On University Circle at Silver Park
Cleveland, Ohio


Charles R. Greco (1873-1962)

Modern rendering of Byzantine and Romanesque motifs

The structure includes:
A chapel, a 2,000-seat sanctuary, with a gigantic, seven-sided vault; and a 525-seat auditorium with adjacent classrooms.

♦ Part of the Case-Western Reserve University campus where the school’s dance, theater and music programs are run.

♦ Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974

Photo taken April 27, 2013

“…the Wrigley Building… Chicago is…”

“My Kind of Town” – Frank Sinatra (1964)

“My kind of town, Chicago is…”

Most definitely. One of the majestic towers of The Wrigley Building, shown here is just a sample of the thousands of stunning sites on the landscape that is this city. The Wrigley Building was built by chewing gum tycoon, William Wrigley Jr, to headquarter his gum company here. It was completed in 1921. Architecturally, it’s outer facade has details reminiscent of French Renaissance style. Built on the “Miracle Mile” on Michigan Avenue, it sits on the northern banks of the Chicago River, directly across the street from another of Chicago’s stately landmarks: the Chicago Tribune Tower.

Photo taken July 28, 2013

“I just can’t get you outta my head…”

“Can’t Get You Out of My Head” – Kylie Minogue (2001)

I spent last weekend in Chicago visiting a friend and seeing thousands of extraordinary things… Anywhere you choose to look, you will see something engaging, in the Windy City. Here, along the “Cultural Mile” on Michigan Avenue– one of several “Sculptural Heads.” The artwork was produced in Chicago from sustainable materials–recycled aluminum, steel and concrete, by SVI Themed Construction Solutions.

I shot a great batch of photographs in this “magnificent” city, with my new Nikon D5100, and will be sharing them here, over time.

Photo taken July 28, 2013

“…I’ll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the tower of song…”

“Tower of Song” – Leonard Cohen (1988)

Standing in the shadows of the Terminal Tower– the old May Company Building, built by Department Store tycoon, David May, in 1917. The May Company building is part of the Tower City Complex on the Southeast side of Public Square in downtown Cleveland.

An architecturally beautiful structure, it is one of many Cleveland landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The May Company Department Store stayed in operation at this site until the company was merged with Kaufmann’s of Pittsburgh, and the old May Company downtown closed it’s doors for good in 1993.

Photo taken July 23, 2013

“One love, one heart… let’s get together and feel all right…”

“One Love (People Get Ready)” – Bob Marley and the Wailers (1977)

An exterior wall mural on a building located at East 117th Street and St. Clair Avenue, at the eastern reaches of the city of Cleveland.

Photo taken May 30, 2013

“Hello world, here’s a song that we’re singin’… Come on get happy!”

“The Partridge Family TV Theme Song (Come on Get Happy) – The Partridge Family (1970)

A building cluster in downtown Cleveland, one block north of Jacobs Field.

Photo taken July 16, 2013

“…and all your weight.. it falls on me…”

“HEAVY” – Collective Soul (1999)

Pictured–a side entrance to the Wayne County Courthouse, located in downtown Wooster, Ohio. The two “Atlantes” hold up the triangular pediment that states the year the building was built. The architectural design of the Courthouse was done by Thomas Boyd, in classic Second Empire style.

Photo taken July 14, 2013

“If I gathered all my means.. in a pile beside me… It wouldn’t help to fill my dreams… for the love of ivy…”

“For the Love of Ivy” – The Mamas & The Papas (1968)

These four photos show the ivy cover that entangles beautiful urban architecture. Located on the outskirts of downtown Cleveland, at 3649 Prospect Avenue, this Victorian Era Brownstone structure was originally built as luxury townhouses in 1874. Today it is a designated Cleveland Landmark – Number 58, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos taken July 12, 2013

“…My comforter.. my all in all… here in the love of Christ, I stand…”

“In Christ Alone” – Keith and Kristyn Getty (2007)

Standing high atop a parking deck on Carnegie Avenue, footsteps from Jacobs Field, where Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians play. Part of St. Maron Parish’s presence in this part of town. For me, finding this statue, while wandering around downtown during my lunch break on this day– Gazing up at it. It was.. it… re-calibrated my day. “In Christ Alone.”

Photo taken May 30, 2013

“Sitting with the thinker… trying to work it out…”

“Let’s Go All the Way” – Sly Fox (1985)

On Public Square, in downtown Cleveland–the bronze statue of Cleveland’s 35th Mayor, Tom L. Johnson, who served between 1901 and 1909. The memorial statue which sits in the northwest corner of the Square across from the Old Stone Church and the Society for Savings Building, was finished by sculptor Herman N. Matzen in 1915.

Photo taken June 14, 2013

“I stood stone-like at midnight… suspended in my masquerade. I combed my hair ’til it was just right, and commanded the night brigade”

“Growin’ Up” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1978, live from the Cleveland Agora, with the “infamous” story)

At the Gordon Square Street Festival
Detroit Avenue near W. 65th Street
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken June 8, 2013

“…with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah…”

“Hallelujah” – Leonard Cohen (live, 1985)

Originally built as the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, in 1916, this beautiful building was later also the home of the E. 77th Street Cleveland Playhouse, between 1949 and 1983. Today it is “The True Holiness Temple.”

Located: 7710 Euclid Ave, in the East side Cleveland neighborhood of Hough.
Architect: William Frederic Striebinger, (1870 – 1941)

Photos taken May 30, 2013

“Irish and proud, baby, naturally… but you got the luck of a Kennedy…”

“Diane Young” – Vampire Weekend (2013)

Decor inside P J McIntyre’s Irish Pub
Kamm’s Corner Entertainment District
17119 Lorain Avenue (& Rocky River Drive)
Cleveland, OH

Photo taken May 4, 2013

“When your world is full of strange arrangements…”

“The Look of Love” – ABC (1982)

A colorful exterior wall of The Glass Bubble Project building– a Cleveland, Ohio “glass blowing” studio and shop, located at 2421 Bridge Avenue in Ohio City.

Photo taken May 2, 2013