“Song 2” – BLUR (1997)
The United States Navy “Blue Angels” have been flying since 1946, and appear at the Cleveland National Air Show in alternating years with the United States Air Force “Thunderbirds” to help thrill Greater Clevelanders every Labor Day since 1964. Burke Lakefront Airport, on the shores of Lake Erie, in Downtown, is the home of the Cleveland National Air Show.
The Blue Angels is a U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, consisting of six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, that have been modified from former Navy “military ready” fleet aircraft. The aircraft guns have been removed and replaced with tanks that contains smoke-oil used in flight demonstrations.
During the off-season (the squadron performs across the country from March through November) the pilots train with their jets in El Centro, California and are stationed in Pensacola, Florida (where they return following each Sunday evening following air show performances, as well.)
Photos taken at Cleveland’s Lakeside Yacht Club on Labor Day, September 5, 2016
“She’s got a competition clutch with the four on the floor, and she purrs like a kitten ’til the lake pipes roar…”
“Little Deuce Coupe” – The Beach Boys (live, 1964)
Rock-n-Roll Capital Street Machines
Photos taken June 7, 2016
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams
infowars.com and radio talk show host, Alex Jones
“Soul Of America” – Ian Hunter (2007)
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
“Funky Poodle” – Wild Horses (1980)
East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue
Photos taken May 25, 2016
“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
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” – 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.
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.
Except where noted, the above photos were taken on November 4, 2014 and August 19, 2015.
“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.)
A billboard along Interstate-77 heading North into downtown. Cleveland in the international spotlight… and we’re ready!
Photo taken March 30, 2016
“Let There Be Rock” – AC/DC (1978, Live @ the Apollo Theatre)
Cleveland Rocks at the construction site of the new I-90 bridge across the Flats, that will sooth some of the east-west traffic woes in and out of downtown.
Photos taken May 20, 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
“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
“Stars” – HUM (1995)
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
“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
“In May” – Poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1913)
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
“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
“Heat of the Moment” – ASIA (1982)
In an area on Cleveland’s east side that was once filled with heavy industry and commerce, today only hints of that glorious history still exist in the shadows. At the corner of Central Avenue and East 67th street one such structure-as evidence, holds on by a string.
The Cleveland Co-Operative Stove Company was established at this site in the late 1800’s and eventually expanded it’s operations to several other manufacturing locations nationally. The company produced an extensive line of large, highly ornate, coal-burning cook stoves, ranges and heaters. In 1909, as technology provided, a full line of gas ranges was introduced by the company.
From the top: Photos 1, 10, 15 and 18 taken April 27, 2015. Photos 2 – 9, 11 – 14, 16, and 17 taken May 1, 2015
“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
“Never Let Me Down Again” – Depeche Mode (1987)
A man and his dog stuck in traffic on the I-90 inner-belt, in downtown Cleveland.
Photo taken September 26, 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)
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
“Red Hot” – Billy Lee Riley (1957)
Two of the over 140 antique automobiles that are on display at The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society Museum, on Cleveland’s east side.
Photos taken December 30, 2014
“Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah – Choir of King’s College
From the lawn of Cleveland’s downtown hospital, on E. 22nd Street: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.
Photos taken December 23, 2014
“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” – Johnny Mathis (1958)
11001 Euclid Avenue
The home of the Cleveland Orchestra
Building completion: 1931
Architects: Walker and Weeks
Concert hall seating: 2,000
Photos taken December 21, 2014
“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
“Run Softly, Blue River” – Johnny Cash (1958)
The Cuyahoga River at Dusk, as it makes it’s way through Cleveland’s industrial flats.
Photo taken November 10, 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
“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:
“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
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)
“…we can’t do it any other way… everybody’s got to rock and roll… shout it, shout it, shout it out loud…”
“Shout It Out Loud” – KISS (live 2014)
The legendary rock and roll band KISS, live on stage at the Blossom Music Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The CLEVELAND stop for the band on their 2014 tour–an out-door venue, with a covered pavilion. For his birthday, I took my teen aged nephew and we stood on the lawn… a huge hill, which is what Blossom is known for, and the show did not disappoint! My first KISS concert… my nephew’s second time seeing them! This picture isn’t the best– I brought my old camera instead of my good one… but I was happy with this photo– enough to share it here!
Photo taken August 26, 2014
“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
“Home of the Blues” – Johnny Cash (1958)
At E. 4th Street and Euclid Avenue, in downtown… one of the many concert venues that this town offers… And from the interior of the Cleveland House of Blues, a picture I took a few years ago, and posted here!
Photo taken August 9, 2014
“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.
“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
“There’s No Surf in Cleveland” – The Euclid Beach Band (1978)
The Beachland Ballroom on an absolutely perfect summer day!
Located in the North Collinwood neighborhood on Cleveland’s East side… in the heart of the Waterloo Arts District. The Beachland is a concert venue and tavern but was originally built in 1950 as a Croatian social club called the “Liberty Home.”
Today the facility is home to eclectic musical performances, a sizable yet laid-back tavern, and a record shop in the basement that sells all kinds of cool popular culture items from days gone by, including a collection of old concert tee shirts… About a half-mile north of the Beachland is Euclid Beach–once home to the world famous Euclid Beach Amusement Park, on the shores of Lake Erie… and unfortunately, no… there is “no surf in Cleveland USA…”
Photo taken June 23, 2014
“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.
Photo taken June 17, 2014
“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
“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)
North Collinwood Neighborhood
The Waterloo Arts District
Photo taken April 26, 2014
“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
“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
“Youngstown” – Bruce Springsteen (1995)
Old factories and warehouses can be some of the most interesting landscapes to capture on camera. Towering smokestacks jetting into the sky add to the whole mystique of these buildings. Across the city of Cleveland are dozens of these relics. These are a few of my favorites.
Top photo: The abandoned Joseph and Feiss Company Warehouse, built in 1921. Photo taken November 4, 2013.
Middle photo: Abandoned warehouse at East 49th Street and Lakeside Avenue. Photo taken October 28, 2013.
Bottom Photo: Built in 1892 – The Power House, created to provide electricity for the streetcars run by the Woodland & West Side Street Railway Company. Located on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River, in the flats. Today the building is home to the Cleveland Aquarium. Photo taken March 28, 2013
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“D’Yer Wanna be a Spaceman?” – OASIS (1994)
A piece of “moon rock” excavated from the lunar surface during the Apollo 15 Mission. United States Astronauts Commander David Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin walked on the moon, and for the first time in history, drove the “Lunar Roving Vehicle” on the moon’s rough terrain. The mission lasted 12 days, launching from the NASA Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 26, 1971. The crew splashed down in the North Pacific Ocean on August 7, 1971. They brought back 170 pounds of moon rock, and pictured here is a piece of that history, on permanent exhibit at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center.
Photo taken March 4, 2014
“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 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
“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
Native of both Havana Cuba and Cleveland’s west side… Justo Saborit, playing his infamous “Latin Soul,” two years ago at Cleveland’s International Exposition Center.
Photo taken February 11, 2012
“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.
“Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” – Beastie Boys (1989)
At Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort
Photos taken January 18, 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
“Victrola” – Veruca Salt (1994)
On the outskirts of Cleveland, off of Brecksville Road near the declining hill to the Cuyahoga Valley in Independence, Ohio.
Photos taken December 30, 2013
Happy New Year to everyone!
“Round and Round the Christmas Tree” – Bing Crosby (1945)
Christmas time inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Photo taken December 9, 2003
“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
“Up in the Sky” – Noel Gallagher (OASIS, acoustic 1994)
777 Starkweather Avenue
Near west side – Cleveland, Ohio
Photos taken December 11, 2013
“…yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light… The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight…”
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” – Elvis Presley (1957)
Christmas Season in the Industrial Flats of Cleveland…
Photo taken December 5, 2013
“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
“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
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
“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
“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order (1987)
Brandywine Creek falling over the layered sandstone and shale that formed millions of years ago, creating the spectacular 65-foot Brandywine Waterfalls– part of the Northern Ohio treasure: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The falls are located in Sagamore Hills Township, approximately 20 miles Southeast of downtown Cleveland.
Photo taken November 3, 2013
“More Human Than Human” – White Zombie (1995)
From the storefront window of Starship Earth, at 16880 Lorain Avenue, in the Kamm’s Corner neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland. Happy Halloween!
Photo taken September 19, 2013
“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
“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
“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
“Supersoaker” – Kings of Leon (2013)
Three images of many, from the “Taste of Lincoln Avenue Festival 2013″ on the North side of Chicago between Fullerton Avenue and Wrightwood Avenue. A street fair with live music of all kinds, artisan exhibits, beer, and local culinary fare. At the tail end of my visit to Chicago… a great way to close-out an extraordinary experience!
Photos taken July 28, 2013
“A Swing And a Drive…” – Tom Hamilton, Cleveland Indians Radio Announcer (July 31, 2013)
Ontario Street and Carnegie Avenue
Taken from the west bank of the industrial flats
Photo taken September 7, 2013
“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” – 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)
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
“Ice Cream Man” – John Brim (1953)
Gelato from “Whispers Cafe”
at the center of the “Viagra Triangle”
1031 N. State St
(between Oak Street & Bellevue Place)
Photo taken July 26, 2013
“Russians” – STING (1985)
St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Architect: Frederick C. Baird
Number of domes: 13 – One large, four medium, and eight small copper onion domes signifying Christ and the 12 Apostles
Neighborhood: Tremont, near west side.
Distinctions: The design of this church was based on the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia. In 1974, St. Theodosius Cathedral was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also known for the authentic Rusyn wedding scene which appeared in the 1978 Academy Award winning best film, “The Dear Hunter.”
Photo taken July 19, 2013
“All These Things That I’ve Done” – THE KILLERS (2004)
A street musician with a very “soulful” sounding saxophone… on the corner of Adams Street and Michigan Avenue, on the near-north side of Chicago, Illinois.
Photos taken July 28, 2013
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 – (Scene from HBO Mini-Series “John Adams”)
Photo taken September 1, 2005
“HARLEM” – New Politics (2013)
At the Tampa Cigar Heritage Festival
Photo taken November 17, 2006
“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
Photo taken June 8, 2013
“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
“So if you’re ever feeling down, grab you’re purse and take a taxi to the darker side of town… that’s where we’ll be…”
“Let’s Dance to Joy Division” – The Wombats (2007)
Inside the original location of Emos on 6th Street, in downtown Austin, Texas.. a punk bar where many fantastic shows were put on… Johnny Cash even played there during the South by Southwest Music Festival! Austin, Texas definitely– “The Live Music Capital” of the world, with much credit given to places like Emos for this distinction!
Photo taken May 27, 2001
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons (2012)
One of the concierge areas in the Miller Pavilion
The Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
9500 Euclid Avenue
Photo taken May 10, 2013
“Into town on Thursday night.. the girls are pretty and the lights are bright… at least he loves his city..”
“You Gotta Love This City” – The Whitlams (1999)
In Cleveland, there is no short supply of pretty girls to photograph (or to talk to.) This picture was taken in the outdoor beer garden at the Market Garden Brewery and Distillery, the next door neighbor to the West Side Market on West 25th Street in Ohio City. Camille, one of this town’s freshest architects was a good sport about getting her picture taken, and she was fun to talk to… With me for this bar-hopping “happy hour” night out, as well –my best friend, who was in town, visiting from California. A night filled with some great beer, conversation, fine cigars, and late-night street side patio coffee drinking!
Photo taken Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Memorial Day 2013
“Drive On” – Johnny Cash (1994, live from the Viper Room)
Iwo Jima Flag Raising Mural
248 Park Avenue
Artist: Mike Sekletar
Photo taken December 8, 2012
Soho neighborhood – Manhattan
New York City, New York
Photo taken July 2, 2005
“Up, down, turn around, please don’t let me hit the ground.. tonight I think I’ll walk alone.. I’ll find my soul as I go home”
“Temptation” – New Order (1987)
The Detroit-Superior Bridge, connecting Detroit Avenue on the west side of Cleveland, with Superior Avenue, on the east is one of the area’s many beautiful bridges. The structure was completed in 1918 and at the time was the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world. Spanning the Cuyahoga River and the “flats” and being at the edge of downtown Cleveland, a trip across the bridge allows for many wonderful, picturesque vantage points. At 3,112 feet in length, it offers an easy walk or a quick drive from downtown to the Ohio City neighborhood, which sits at the western end of the bridge.
Photo taken March 14, 2013
“All You Need is Love” – The Beatles (1967)
The entrance and box office area to the Mirage Hotel theater in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Cirque du Soleil show “LOVE”–the homage to the Beatles. My first time experiencing a Cirque show… it really was magic! And the remastered, reworked Beatles music was a phenomenal complement to the stunning acrobatics and pageantry of the stage performance.
Photo taken August 14, 2006
“Some Might Say” – OASIS (1995)
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
Built: Various sections completed between 1871 and 1901
Architect: Samuel Lane
4129 Superior Avenue
Photo taken May 18, 2013
“First Days of Spring” – Noah and the Whale (2009)
Along Valley Parkway in the Mill Stream Run section of the Cleveland Metroparks. This spot was found while hiking the woods near Camp Cheerful, a camp for children with disabilities, in Strongsville, Ohio.
Photo taken May 11, 2013
“Rock and Roll Cities” – The Kinks (1986)
Ohio City Pizza–some of the best, in my opinion, in the City of Cleveland. Located at 3223 Lorain Avenue, in the near-westside neighborhood of Ohio City. I used to eat OCP on a weekly basis when I lived in Ohio City back in the mid 90’s. The shop was located at it’s original location at Fulton and Bridge Avenues, back then. I was worried that the sauce wouldn’t be the same, this time around, many years later… The sauce was THE BEST, and fortunately some things never change, thank God! (And they say “you can never go back!” when you move away…) Ohio City Pizzeria was definitely worth making a stop at on this night out on the town!
Photo taken May 4, 2013
“Heigh-Ho (it’s off to work we go) – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney, 1937)
Walt Disney World
Photo taken January 26, 2006
“You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon (1972)
Late night coffee
2521 Market Ave
Photo taken May 2, 2013
“Mr. Garfield” – Johnny Cash (1965)
The President James A. Garfield Monument and Crypt
Lake View Cemetery – Cleveland, Ohio
Architect: George Keller
Architecture: Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine styles
Construction begun in 1885
Dedicated in 1890
Constructed of Berea Sandstone
Height: 180 ft.
The caskets of the President and Lucretia Garfield on display – the only U.S. President whose casket can be publicly viewed.
Photos taken April 27, 2013