ohio city

“…everything zen… I don’t think so.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Everything Zen” – BUSH (1995)

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

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


“…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

“…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

“Bridges of muscles spanning so long and high…”

“Towers of London “ – XTC (1980)

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

Photo taken January 9, 2015

“…and 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

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

“Connection” – Elastica (1994)

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

Photo taken December 11, 2013

“…get your game on… go play…”

“All Star” – Smash Mouth (2008)

In 1869, John Heisman was born on this site, on the near west side of Cleveland, on Bridge Avenue in the Ohio City neighborhood. Heisman was an important innovator of many aspects of modern day college football, and is the namesake of the Heisman Trophy, the annual award given to the best college football player in America. John Heisman also coached at Buchtel College, which eventually became the University of Akron, my college alma mater.

Congratulations to this years Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, quarterback from the #1 ranked Florida State Seminoles football team.

Photo taken November 14, 2013

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

“Skinny” – Alex Bevan (1976)

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

Photos taken November 14, 2013

“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

“Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe… love is a banquet on which we feed…”

“Because The Night” – Patti Smith Group (1978)

On the roof-top patio at The Black Pig restaurant, located on W.25th Street in the Ohio City neighborhood on Cleveland’s near-west side.

Photo taken May 2, 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

“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.

“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

“But what does it matter when you’re out on the town… Rock and roll cities, with a pizza to go…”

“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

“…I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee… Clouds in my coffee, and…”

“You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon (1972)

Late night coffee
Koffie Cafe
Ohio City
2521 Market Ave
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken May 2, 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

“…haunted by the ghost imagination…”

Considered by many to be the most “haunted” house in all of Ohio, The Franklin Castle, located in Ohio City– on the near west side of Cleveland, has been, indeed, besmirched by a spooky past. Built in 1865 by German immigrant and wealthy financier, Hannes Tiedemann, this 4-story, 30+ room Gothic mansion was to become the home to deadly happenings. Over the course of just a few years, four of Tiedemann’s children were to die in mysterious circumstances. Tiedeman’s wife, Luise, and mother, Wiebeka, also passed away during their residence at Franklin Castle. There are also stories that Hannes Tiedemann murdered his niece and a young female house servant . In any case, this old, 19th Century castle had seen it’s share of morbid incidents and much speculation still swirls amongst those who are acquainted with this residence and it’s shadowy past. Since 1895, when Tiedemann sold the Franklin Castle, it has changed ownership many times. Some say that it is haunted and that screams can be heard coming from the inner hallways. Today it sits, waiting for renovation.

Photo taken October 8, 2012

Safe Keeping

The United Bank Building
at the corner of W. 25th Street and Lorain Avenue – Ohio City
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken April 16, 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