“…all around the world, you’ve gotta spread the word… tell ’em what you’ve heard– you know it’s gonna be ok…”

“All Around The World” – Oasis (1997)

St. Ignatius High School on the left, and Trinity Lutheran Church to the right, on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland’s near-west side Ohio City neighborhood.

Photo taken June 16, 2016


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

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

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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

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

“Do it Again” -The Kinks (1983)

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

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

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

Photos taken June 18, 2015

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

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

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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

“King of kings, and Lord of lords, and He shall reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah!”

“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.

Merry Christmas!

Photos taken December 23, 2014

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

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

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

Photos taken December 21, 2014

“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

“…by the Catholic monochrome…”

“Adrenochrome” – Sisters of Mercy (1982)

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

“Don’t Change” – INXS (1982)

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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

“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.

“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”

“Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)” – Johnny Cash (1962, live)

A Lorain County Ohio, Lake Erie beach at sundown.

Photo taken April 29, 2012

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

“Fermented and Flailing” – NOFX (2009)

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

Photo taken March 4, 2014

“…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

“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

“…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 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.

“The Lord be gracious unto you…”

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

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

Merry Christmas!

Photo taken December 11, 2013

“Round and round the Christmas tree…”

“Round and Round the Christmas Tree” – Bing Crosby (1945)

Christmas time inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee

Photo taken December 9, 2003
Olympus C5050Z

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

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

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

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

“…Let every heart prepare Him room…”

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

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

Photos taken December 19, 2013

“…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

“…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

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

“Enter Sandman” – Metallica (1991)

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

Photo taken October 4, 2013

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

“No More Tears” – Ozzy Osborne (1991)

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

Photo taken October 22, 2013

“The sun, it rises slowly, as you walk… away from all the fears and all the faults you’ve left behind…”

“The Cave” – Mumford and Sons (2010)

Woodland Cemetery
Dedicated June 14, 1853
Located: On Cleveland’s east side, at 6901 Woodland Avenue
One of Cleveland’s earliest Public Cemeteries
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in 1986

Inscription on this neo-gothic grave memorial:

Wife of Herman C. Schubert
Born July 4, 1852
Died August 13, 1894
Aged 42 years”

Photo taken October 25, 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

“Well, darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable… and lightness has a call that’s hard to hear…”

“Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls (1989)

A drive after church on Sunday brought me to quiet moments at the Columbia Reservation… on Royalton Road, in Columbia Station, OH.

Photo taken October 6, 2013

“If you twist and turn away… If you tear yourself in two again… If I could.. yes I would… If I could– I would… Let it go… Surrender… Dislocate…”

“BAD” – U2 (HD Live Aid performance, 1985)

Yesterday and today images showing what once was and what remains today of St. Agnes Church at E.81st Street and Euclid Avenue. The structure was built in 1914 and survived the historic Cleveland Hough Riots in 1966. In 1974, a fire destroyed the interior of the Church, which had been experiencing declining congregational numbers. In a controversial decision, the Catholic Dioceses elected to tear down the ornate structure in 1975, in lieu of costly restoration. Today the bell tower is the only remembrance of the church… a vacant “consecrated” lot exists in it’s shadow.

Top photo taken August 30, 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 Russians love their children too.”

“Russians” – STING (1985)

St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Built: 1912
Architect: Frederick C. Baird
Style: Neo-Byzantine
Number of domes: 13 – One large, four medium, and eight small copper onion domes signifying Christ and the 12 Apostles
City: Cleveland
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

“…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

“…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

“Some might say, they don’t believe in heaven… go and tell it to a man who lives in Hell…”

“Some Might Say” – OASIS (1995)

Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
Built: Various sections completed between 1871 and 1901
Architecture: Gothic
Architect: Samuel Lane
4129 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken May 18, 2013

“Mr. Garfield’s been shot down, shot down, shot down… Mr. Garfield’s been shot down low”

“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

“Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

Matthew 3:13-17 NIV

John the Baptist
San Juan Bautista
Patron De La
Ciudad Capital
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Photos taken January 13, 2006

“Then the father hen will call his chickens home… the wise man will bow down before the throne…”

“When the Man Comes Around” – Johnny Cash (2002)

Newly born chicks
Green Vista Farm
Wooster, Ohio

Photo taken April 14, 2012

“And He will send his angels with a loud trumpet call…”

Matthew 24:31

“Angel” (2)
c. 1250
France, vicinity of Reims, 13th century
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken February 14, 2012

“Reach out and touch faith…”

“Personal Jesus” – Depeche Mode (1989)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
E.40th St. and Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
Built: 1876
First service: Christmas Eve
Architecture: Victorian Gothic
Designed by: Gordon W. Lloyd
Exterior: Berea Sandstone
Seating Capacity: 1,000

Photo taken March 9, 2013

“It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it…”

“We Care A Lot” by FAITH NO MORE (1987)

UCC Headquarters
700 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Photo taken January 16, 2013

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas Tree on Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken December 21, 2012

“…the weather outside is frightful… let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…”

The picture doesn’t capture it, but the winds were gusting and the snow was swirling… The Old Stone Church, on Public Square, in downtown Cleveland, Ohio…built in 1855.

Photo taken 4:05 PM Friday, December 21, 2012.

“I am the bread of your kindness…”

Prayer of the Woods sign at entrance to the River Rapids Trail
Hillsborough River State Park
Thonotosassa, Florida

Photo taken June 14, 2003

“Past the mission… I smell roses…”

“Past the Mission” – Tori Amos

The Mission Bell
Old Mission Santa Barbara, along the El Camino Real California
Established by Spanish Franciscans in 1786

Photo taken July 1, 2001

“America…God shed his Grace on thee…”

“AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” – Ray Charles (live, 1972)

“Grace” sidewalk chalk art
Outside the Cleveland Museum of Art
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken September 28, 2012

“Place d’Armes”

American hero Major General Andrew Jackson, the commanding victorious U.S. General at the “Battle of New Orleans” on January 15, during the War of 1812 against Great Britain– atop his horse: a statue created by famous American sculpture Clark Mills and erected in 1856 at the center of Jackson Square, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. This statue is one of four identical works that were produced by Mills.

The steeple and Cross of the St. Louis Cathedral stand as a prominent partner in this photograph, taken in July of 2001. [/caption]

Church of the Presbyterian Strangers

Arlington Street Church
Back Bay
351 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
Congregation founded in 1729
Building completed in 1861
Design was inspired by the 18th century London church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Photo taken September 1, 2005

“…and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

“…and all the trees of the field…” – Isaiah 55:12 (King James Version)

Cleveland Metroparks
Rocky River Reservation
Fairview Park, Ohio

Photo taken January 22, 2012

The “Great I AM”

“Great I Am” – New Life Worship

Starkey Wilderness Preserve
Serenova Tract
New Port Richey, FL

Photo Taken May 18, 2011

“Light of the World…”

“Forever Reign” – Hillsong (2012)

Taken on a 2001 business trip to New Orleans… The French Quarter at Christmas time is something really special. Although this statue is lighted year round, as it is here in this photo, seeing it for the first time back then during the Christmas season left an indelible mark on me… something that would “bear fruit” many years later…

The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France
Rear Courtyard
Vieux Carré – French Quarter
615 Pere Antoine Alley
New Orleans, Louisiana

Photo taken December 2001

“It towered high above the thick foliage…”

Ezekiel 19:11 (NIV)

The Cox Arboretum and Gardens
Nature Observation Tower inner stairwell
6733 Springboro Pike
Dayton, Ohio 45440

Photo taken May 24, 2012

a thorny crown

A weathered nesting along the shoreline at Honeymoon Island State Park, North of Clearwater, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo taken November 16, 2003.

“…for in you I take refuge.”

Psalm 16:1 (New International Version)

Duke University Chapel
401 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Photo taken February 15, 2006


September 11, 2001
Hallowed Ground

Photo taken July 1, 2005