“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


“…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

“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.

“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.

“I am sitting in the morning at the diner on the corner… I am waiting at the counter for the man to pour the coffee…”

“Tom’s Diner” – Suzanne Vega (1991)

The Diner on 55th, at the intersection of E. 55th Street and St. Clair Avenue, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken October 15, 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

“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’ll keep holding on.”

“Holding Back the Years” – Simply Red (1985)

The corner of Rockwell and Ontario Streets, on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. The street lamp clinging to the exterior of the old “Society for Savings” building, built in 1889, is just one of the many quintessential nuances that make this a special place.

A “birds eye view” of this location can be seen HERE. The street light is at the bottom left side of the red building, in this picture.

Photo taken May 27, 2013

“Take a picture you could never recreate…”

“Trojans” – Atlas Genius (2012)

The West Side Market was built in 1912–and this is one of the ways that the city of Cleveland celebrated the majestic old building’s 100th birthday. I spent the afternoon and evening walking the streets of Ohio City, that day– in and out of bars and restaurants, partaking in the libations, and admiring how far this area had come. An urban rebirth… a neighborhood with charm and grit and history that has been pulled from the wreckage of what was and what could have been… The side streets off of West 25th Street in walking distance to the market, all freckled with restored 150 year old homes… with bakeries and coffee shops and bistros in the surround. City life, the romantic version. Before moving to Omaha, Nebraska, I lived here back in the mid 1990’s. And I am going to do my best to find a place here once again.

Photo taken June 12, 2012

“Time Won’t Let Me…”

“Time Won’t Let Me” – The Outsiders (1966)

Photo taken April 20, 2012

Urban Revitalization

Market and West 25th Streets, in the revitalized Ohio City near-west side neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The West Side Market tower stands poised and dignified, surveying the urban landscape.

Photo taken June 2, 2012