“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
“Luxury” – The Rolling Stones (1974)
Elaborate parties, and the inter-mingling of local artists, musicians, business giants and top-national performing acts– all either stayed here as visitors or lived here as residents, and all were treated to only the best during their stay. It was the high-life in the roaring Twenties.
And it was in 1923, in the area today known as University Circle, that the lavish Wade Park Manor residential hotel was opened.
George A. Schneider, the former developer/manager of The Cleveland Athletic Club, took the reigns of the Wade Park Project and decided on the New York architectural firm of George Post & Sons, who had a Cleveland office, to design the building. Among the Cleveland projects that the firm was responsible for, The Cleveland Trust Building (1908) at East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue is most notable.
The 11-story, 400 room residential hotel was designed in Georgian Revival style with warm buff limestone, Tapestry Brick and clay-based ceramic terracotta being the main components to the exterior. The Wade Park Manor structure was fire-proof, with it’s frame made of steel and reinforced concrete.
The interiors were palace-like, utilizing only the finest materials from around the world, and included a grand lobby with an 18-foot ceiling and paneled oak and marble walls, two dining rooms and a ballroom and banquet room with dinner seating for 250 and room for 400 for balls and concerts. Of the 400 guest rooms, 40 were spacious single rooms, with the remaining rooms divided into two to six room suites. Being mere footsteps from Wade Park and the Cleveland Art Museum– the rooms offered spectacular views of the city.
Today, The Wade Park Manor operates as an upscale retirement community, under the name of Judson Manor. Photography of the building’s interior spaces was not allowed.
All photographs, except where noted, were taken on March 9, 2016.
“A Well Respected Man” – The Kinks (1965)
United States Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and William Howard Taft all were members here. Six U.S Senators and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices enjoyed membership as well.
Located on the northeast corner of East 12th Street and Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland,The Union Club of Cleveland has been an exclusive, “by invitation only” political, cultural, and civic iconic force in Cleveland, since the club was established in 1872, and ultimately was to become the most prestigious, and influential club in the city.
The building shown here was designed and built by famed Cleveland architect, and Union Club member, Charles Frederick Schweinfurth. This new building for the Union Club’s expanding membership was completed in 1905. It was built of locally mined Berea Sandstone, with it’s outer walls, in places exceeding 3 feet in thickness. Schweinfurth noted that as the building aged, the sandstone would take-on a darkened, aesthetically pleasing look. And it was lauded immediately by visitors for it’s elegance and refined Classical architectural design. The majestic interior is adorned with a grand Italian marble staircase, Persian rugs, and a master dining room that boasts 20-foot high ornate plaster ceilings, ornamental columns and rich honey-colored hardwood floors.
Photos taken March 4, 2016
“Glory Days” – PULP (1998)
At 7630 Broadway Avenue, in a once prosperous neighborhood on Cleveland’s southeast side, the building pictured above was built in the late 1800’s with the promise of a new century before it. With commanding doric columns, and beautiful exterior complements, it was a notable piece to Cleveland’s South Broadway community.
The last photo in this set was taken in 1939 of the same building and vantage point, and is borrowed courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery. The Amster-Kirtz Cigar Company, which was headquarterd here eventually relocated and today still exists in Ohio under the name The Amster-Kirtz Company and are regional wholesale distributors of candy, tobacco and groceries. The Erie Savings and Loan, which was incorporated at this location in 1923, and the Cleveland Liberty Bank, also former tenants (whose name plates still exist on the building today) are gone as well. Today the facilities are home to a second-hand furniture and appliance shop.
Top 9 photos taken June 22, 2015
“In the City” – The Jam (1977)
Designed in 1929, The Midland Building was one in a series of buildings built by railroad tycoon brothers, Oris Paxton and Mantis James Van Sweringen. The Van Sweringen brothers also were responsible for the building of Cleveland’s most venerable downtown landmark, the Terminal Tower. Originally 7 buildings, occupying 17 acres of land– this complex of mighty office buildings became known as the Terminus Group. The Chicago architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, who designed that city’s famous Wrigley Building, was chosen to design these new additions to the downtown Cleveland landscape.
The Midland Building and it’s Modernistic Style has been the home to many tenants since its completion in 1930. Originally built as the headquarters for Midland Bank, the floors were built to support five, 22-ton bank vaults. Today, the entire Terminus Group, including The Midland Building, is owned by and Headquarters to the Sherwin-Williams Company.
Photos taken August 14, 2015
“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
“Pleyel’s Hymn” – Master Mason Degree Dirge, Masonic Hymn, recorded 1909
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
“Things are different today, I hear every mother say… cooking fresh food for her husband’s just a drag… so she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak…”
“Mother’s Little Helper” – The Rolling Stones (1966)
The two entrance ways into the once– supermarket giant “Fisher Brothers” Bakery and Warehouse, built in 1916, at 2323 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland.
Incorporated in Cleveland in 1908, by brothers Manning and Charles Fisher, the food retail company grew handily with sales reaching over $18 million and over 300 food stores in Northern Ohio, by 1928.
In 1961, the name of the company was changed to Fisher Foods, Inc. During the years prior to this, Fisher Brothers had become the largest retail food distributor in Cleveland. But by 1965, the company only held 12 percent of the Cleveland market. In that year the fledgling firm merged with Fazio’s and Costa supermarkets, who were prospering as part of the Stop-N-Shop Super Markets Association.
Although Fisher Foods maintained solvency and in some cases, prosperity throughout the 1970’s and 80’s under a variety of different marketing names and outlets, in 1997 all of Fisher Foods financial holdings were sold to the Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Supermarkets for $403 million.
Today the 420,000 square foot Fisher Brothers building, with it’s elegant entrance ways on Lakeside Avenue, is leased as loft-style commercial warehouse space.
Top photo taken March 24, 2014
Middle and bottom photos taken June 16, 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
“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
“Grand Illusion” – Styx (1977)
In the City of Cleveland, at the corner of Carnegie Avenue and E. 46th street there sits a another small reminder of the city’s fashionable past. Built in 1917, at a cost of $200,000, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car building served as one the city’s automobile showrooms for the “well-to-do” until 1938, when the Buffalo-based Pierce-Arrow Motor Corporation was formally liquidated.
During the automobile company’s tenure, the Pierce-Arrow “motor car” was a luxurious status symbol, prized by Hollywood millionaires, business tycoons and American Presidents alike.
The two story structure on the city’s near east side was designed in Classic Italian Renaissance style with and an eye-catching white glazed terra cotta exterior facade, by the Cleveland architectural firm Lehman and Schmitt, who also designed the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.
Photos taken October 9, 2014
“Adrenochrome” – Sisters of Mercy (1982)
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
“Ave Maria” – Dolores O’Riordan and Luciano Pavarotti (live, 1996)
St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology
This 200 room seminary was built in 1924 on an 11-acre site on Ansel Avenue in the Cleveland east side, St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. The facility included private living quarters for 150 students and professors as well as classrooms, a large dining room and kitchen, a library, gymnasium, several lounges and a Chapel. The building was designed by architect Franz Werner in Spanish Mission Style.
Today the beautiful confines are home to the Hitchcock Center for Woman, a substance abuse treatment center and Half-way house for woman, infants and children up to the age of ten.
Photos taken August 8, 2014
“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
“Begin The Begin” – REM (1987)
10 photos –
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Located: E. 6th Street and Superior Avenue, downtown
Architectural style: Modern adaptation of Italian Renaissance
Architecture Firm: Walker and Weeks (Cleveland)
Exterior facade: Etowah Georgia marble and Moose-a-Bee granite (from Maine)
Sculpture: Henry Hering, New York, (1874 – 1949)
Building Completed: 1923
Added to the Nation Registry of Historic Places: 1976
Photos taken June 9, 2014
“Don’t Change” – INXS (1982)
The Euclid Avenue Congregational Church (current/temporary)
The First United Methodist Church (former)
Style: Gothic Revival
Architect: J. Milton Dyer
Location: 3000 Euclid Avenue
(An earlier, additional photo I took in December 2013: “A winter’s day… in a deep and dark December…” posted on 12/21/13)
Photos taken: June 16, 2014
“On a Monday, I was arrested… On a Tuesday, they locked me in the jail… On a Wednesday, my trial was attested… On a Thursday, they said, guilty and the judge’s gavel fell…”
Another set of pictures of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
Photos taken June 16, 2014
“Let the stories be told… let them say what they want… let the photos be old… let them show what they want…”
“Let the Good Times Roll” – The Cars (1978)
On October 21, 1911, ground was broken at the corner of East 6th Street and Superior Avenue for what was later hailed as “the finest Newspaper plant and Office Building in the world”– home to two local newspapers, The Cleveland News, and The Cleveland Leader.
Designed by architect Charles Adams Platt, the Fifteen-floor building rises above a beautifully detailed lobby complete with Famousa marble flooring, imported from Germany, and elegant Bronze grill work, throughout.
The fate of the two newspapers was eventually taken over by current daily Cleveland Newspaper, The Plain Dealer, after a series of mergers and acquisitions.
Today the building provides office space for Cleveland’s bustling downtown business district.
Photos taken June 9, 2014
“THISKIDSNOTALRIGHT” – Awolnation (2013)
On East 22nd Street, between Central and Cedar Avenues, in downtown Cleveland: the former Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and Detention Center building. Completed in 1932, it was considered to be the finest model for such a legal institution in the country. The court moved to updated facilities in 2011 and the building, a city landmark, has been put up for sale. Hopefully it will be utilized again, preserving the historical relevance and beautiful details of this building.
Photos taken June 3, 2014
“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.
“If you ever see me coming… and if you know who I am… don’t you breathe it to nobody… ’cause you know I’m on the lamb…”
“Wanted Man” – Johnny Cash (1969, Live at San Quentin Prison)
Four photographs of the old Cleveland Police Headquarters Building, built in 1925. Today it serves as the Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Headquarters and also houses the City’s Bureau of Communication. Located on Payne Avenue, between East 19th and East 21st Streets, just north of the Cleveland State University campus, in downtown, the building once housed the office of Elliot Ness. During the 1930’s, riding his recent fame for successfully prosecuting Al Capone in Chicago, Ness served as Cleveland’s Chief Investigator for the Alcohol Tax Unit as well as Cleveland’s Public Safety Inspector.
Top photo taken February 22, 2014
Second, third and fourth photos taken March 31, 2014
“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
“The Ghost in You” – The Psychedelic Furs (1984)
At 1017 Fairfield Avenue in Cleveland’s near-west side Tremont neighborhood, the building that once housed the city’s first daily Polish Newspaper, Wiadomosci Codzienne.
Photo taken February 4, 2014
“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.
In the open public space in downtown Cleveland known as “The Mall,” The bronze Abraham Lincoln statue, behind the old Cleveland Board of Education Building (1931). The statue, sculpted by Polish born Max Kalish, was paid for through the fundraising of students from the Cleveland Public Schools in 1932. The inscription on the statue reads “Abraham Lincoln, Statesman, Patriot, Beloved Citizen of the United States of America”
Photo taken September 27, 2013
“…and if I had a dollar bill for all the things I’ve done, there’d be a mountain of money piled up to my chin…”
“Missionary Man” – Eurythmics (1986)
An old, rather odd shaped bank building, on Detroit Avenue in the Gordon Square Arts District west side neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo taken June 9, 2013
“And we’ll never be Royals… it don’t run in our blood… that kind of lux just ain’t for us… we crave a different kind of buzz…”
“Royals” – Lorde (2013)
A building exterior facade in South Beach, Miami, Florida.
Photo taken October 30, 2003
“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
“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
“Tower of Song” – Leonard Cohen (1988)
Standing in the shadows of the Terminal Tower– the old May Company Building, built by Department Store tycoon, David May, in 1917. The May Company building is part of the Tower City Complex on the Southeast side of Public Square in downtown Cleveland.
An architecturally beautiful structure, it is one of many Cleveland landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The May Company Department Store stayed in operation at this site until the company was merged with Kaufmann’s of Pittsburgh, and the old May Company downtown closed it’s doors for good in 1993.
Photo taken July 23, 2013
“HEAVY” – Collective Soul (1999)
Pictured–a side entrance to the Wayne County Courthouse, located in downtown Wooster, Ohio. The two “Atlantes” hold up the triangular pediment that states the year the building was built. The architectural design of the Courthouse was done by Thomas Boyd, in classic Second Empire style.
Photo taken July 14, 2013
“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
“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.
Photo taken May 27, 2013
“Bridgekeeper” – Monty Python’s Holy Grail
One of the ornate facings that decorate the Detroit-Superior Bridge (Veteran’s Memorial Bridge) in Cleveland, Ohio. Completed in 1918, this bridge was at the time, the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world, and helped connect west side Clevelanders to downtown, and all points east, on the other side of the Cuyahoga River. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Photo taken December 10, 2012
“Across the Universe” by The Beatles
On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was fatally shot, in front of his home at the Dakota Building at 72nd Street and Central Park West in Manhattan, New York City.
Photo taken July 6, 2005
The neoclassical revival National Archives Building, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, D.C. was completed in November of 1935. It houses and displays the vital historical documents of the United States, including The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Magna Carta, The Louisiana Purchase Treaty, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Photo taken March 18, 2006
The United Bank Building
at the corner of W. 25th Street and Lorain Avenue – Ohio City
Photo taken April 16, 2012
The Consolidated Building
1328 North Main Street
Columbia, South Carolina
Photo taken February 28, 2006