“…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


“Everyday brings change, and the world puts on a new face… sudden things rearrange, and this whole world seems like a new place…”

“The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” – The Marvelettes (1967)
“The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” – Massive Attack (feat. Tracey Thorn) (1995)

(10 photos)

In 1910, a grand house was built at this spot at 3289 East 55th Street, near Broadway Avenue, in Cleveland. And today the house still exists, though just by looking you would never know!

In 1919, the house was purchased and became the national headquarters for the First Catholic Slovak Union of America. In addition to administrative offices, the house also served as residence for the organization’s president. The organization was founded in Cleveland in 1892 as a fraternal benefit society for immigrant Slovaks and their families living and working in America, and provided insurance and other benefits.

The organization grew to over one hundred thousand members by the early 1930’s, and it became apparent that larger facilities were needed. It was then decided to expand their facilities and Cleveland architects Warner, Katonka and Miller were hired to convert the single family residence into the building that is pictured above. With Art-Deco style design features, the renovations and expansion to the house was completed in 1933, and served as the headquarters for the First Catholic Slovak Union of America until 1982. JEDNOTA, which the organization became popularly known as, means “Union” in the Slovak language, and appears over the front entrance to the building.

Photos taken March 30, 2016

“…with or without you…”

“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.

A map showing the Bradley Residence and carriage house (outlined in red.) From the “Plat Book of the City of Cleveland, Ohio, v 1 Hopkins, 1921” – Courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery.

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.



The Morris A. Bradley house at 7217 Euclid Ave, from page 147 of “Showplace of America: Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue, 1850-1910” by Jan Cigliano

Morris A. Bradley portrait: from pg. 429 of “A History of Cleveland and Its Environs: The Heart of New Connecticut, Volume 2” by Elroy McKendree Avery (1918). Anna A. Bradley portrait: From pg. 46 of Ancestors & descendants of Morris A. Bradley” Compiled for Mr. Alva Bradley by Mrs. Grant Rideout (1948)

Except where noted, the above photos were taken on November 4, 2014 and August 19, 2015.

“I’m working so hard… to keep you in the luxury…”

Back when the Wade Park Manor was new–A photo taken from roughly the same perspective as the photo above. Photo courtesy of

A postcard from the 1930’s — an artistic rendering of Wade Park Manor, with Wade Park in the foreground.

“Luxury” – The Rolling Stones (1974)

(21 Photos)

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.

“Lend me your eyes I can change what you see… but your soul you must keep, totally free…”

“Awake My Soul” – Mumford and Sons (2009)

3814 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken August 4, 2015

“One, two, three, four…”

“1234” – Feist (2007)

The W. Bingham Hardware Company Warehouse Building
Built: 1915
Architect: Walker and Weeks
Today: “The Bingham” (luxury apartments)
1278 West 9th Street
Warehouse District
Cleveland, OH

Photo taken May 21, 2015

“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

“Some legends are told… some turn to dust or to gold… but you will remember me… for centuries…”















Above Left: From “Architectural Reviewer” September 30, 1897 (courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection.) Above Right and Directly Below: From the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection

“Centuries” – Fall Out Boy (2014)

Top three photos taken October 17, 2014

[10 photos]

He left his inspiring, and still enduring mark on this town… Charles Frederick Schweinfurth, born on September 3, 1856 in Auburn, New York– became one of the most preeminent architects in Cleveland, Ohio during the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Schweinfurth designed and lived in the building pictured above– a very modest, yet captivating castle-like home on E. 75th Street (Ingleside Avenue)– from 1894 until his death in November of 1919. He was the architect for at least 15 of the grand mansion residences on “millionaires’ row” that once populated Euclid Avenue and advanced Cleveland’s international reputation as “the showplace of America.” Most of these beautiful homes to the wealthy and high society power players of the time, today exist only in photographs.

Magnificent residential designs were but one of Charles Schweinfurth’s architectural contributions in helping “build” the City of Cleveland during the latter half of his life.

A few other surviving examples of the architect’s mastery include: Calvary Presbyterian Church, The Cuyahoga County Courthouse (with Lehman and Schmitt), and Trinity Cathedral, considered to be his finest accomplishment. He also designed bridges, including many that exist throughout the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, as well as several buildings which are now a part of Case-Western Reserve University.

This house on E. 75th Street, which utilizes “rustigated” Ohio sandstone, looks quite a bit different today, from when it was built. The structure hasn’t changed much, but over the years it’s surroundings have evolved. The street became a neighborhood. Other houses were built, and other streets were added. Decor was added to the exterior, and changed, and changed again. And many of the neighboring houses were eventually demolished. A designated Cleveland Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Schweinfurth house still remains.

From “Men of Ohio in Nineteen Hundred” published: Cleveland, The Benesch Art Publishing Co., 1901 (Courtesy of the Hathi Trust Digital Library.)

A Photo I took of the Charles F. Schweinfurth designed Samuel Mather mansion, on the campus of Cleveland State University, December 13, 2013

Schweinfurth designed Euclid Avenue mansion. Demolished. From “Architectural Reviewer” September 30, 1897 (courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection)

Schweinfurth designed Euclid Avenue mansion. Demolished. From “Architectural Reviewer” September 30, 1897 (courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery Collection)

“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:

“…you’ll see a smilin’ face… a fireplace.. a cozy room… a little nest that’s nestled where the roses bloom…”

“My Blue Heaven” – Frank Sinatra (1950)

[10 Photos]

A very unassuming, almost hidden piece of urban property at 4806 Euclid Avenue in midtown Cleveland…

Built in 1898 as an extended-stay housing option for visiting business executives from other cities, “The Esmond” also served as the ideal turn-of-the century “swanky” bachelor pad for single businessmen working in the hustle-bustle world that was Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1900’s.

The building was designed by architect John Eisenmann, who also co-designed with fellow architect, George H. Smith, the Cleveland Arcade. Eisenmann is also credited with designing the official flag of the State of Ohio that flies today in the buckeye state (and He was a graduate of the University of Michigan, of all things!)

Through the years The Esmond has continued to serve as a fashionable apartment building, and still offers extended-stay bed and breakfast suites to visitors to the city.

Photos taken October 31, 2014

“What moments divine… what rapture serene…”

“Begin the Beguine” – (Cole Porter) recorded by Frank Sinatra (1944)

From inside the Alcazar Hotel, at the corner of Surrey and Derbyshire Road, in Cleveland Heights–19 photos in black and white capturing some of the elaborate detail to this one time posh home to Cleveland’s upper crust and destination for visiting stars on tour. Cole Porter and George Gershwin– to name a couple. Built during the roaring 20’s, today the rooms and suites have mostly been converted into apartment and office dwellings, but the Alcazar still operates as a hotel. A place that you don’t have to try too hard to imagine the socialite parties that must have taken place here during the Hotel’s hey day during the 1920’s and 30’s.

Another photo of the exterior and more information about the building can be found in an entry I posted here early last year entitled, “Get Out of Town”, (without apology–another Cole Porter song!)

Photos taken August 15, 2014

“oooh… it’s a sunny day outside my window…”

“Uncle Salty” – AEROSMITH (1975)

Cleveland, Ohio: Historic Brownstone townhouses along the north side of the 3600 block of Prospect Avenue East– built in 1874. I shot other photos, in color, of the same location last year.

Photo taken May 13, 2014

“Ooh, crazy’s what they think about me… ain’t gonna stop ’cause they tell me so… ’cause 99 miles per hour baby… is how fast that I like to go…”

“The Walker” – Fitz And The Tantrums (2013)

(4 photographs)

Pictured above, is the home where world track and field legend Jesse Owens lived as a boy, in Cleveland, Ohio. Located at 2178 East 100th Street, the house has held up well over the years.

To escape a racially segregated American south and find better job opportunities in Ohio, Henry Owens and his family migrated north to Cleveland from Alabama. Jesse was 9-years old.

A rising track star at Cleveland’s East Technical High School, Jesse Owens moved on to Ohio State University where he won eight individual NCAA National Track and Field Championships during the years of 1935 and 1936.

In 1936, Owens also ran in the Berlin Olympics where he became an international athletic phenomenon, winning four gold medals in front of an exasperated Adolf Hitler.

As a tribute to Jesse Owens, the statue below was placed in Huntington Park, on Lakeside Avenue in downtown, in 1982.

As a comparison, the photo below from The Cleveland Press Collection, shows the Owens house as it was in 1935. Sitting on the front steps is a young Jesse Owens and his family.

The top photo taken May 30, 2014
Photos two and three taken June 16, 2014

“…you’ll never live like common people… you’ll never do whatever common people do…”

“Common People” – PULP (1995)
“Common People” – William Shatner (2004)

At the corner of Demington Street and Fairmount Boulevard– one of the hundreds of beautiful mansion-type residences in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The man in the picture seems to be anything but common people!

Photo taken May 15, 2014

“…how many lives are living strange?”

“Champagne Supernova” – OASIS (1995)

A “strange” residential gate, in Cleveland’s near-west side Edgewater neighborhood.

Photo taken September 11, 2013

“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

“She asked me, ‘Son, when I grow old… will you buy me a house of gold?”

“House of Gold” – Twenty One Pilots (2013)

Three photographs sampling the diverse dwellings that populate E. 89th Street, between Euclid and Hough Avenues, on Cleveland’s east side. The area is designated as a National Register of Historic Places District for it’s surviving late 1800’s – early 1900’s residential architecture. E. 89th Street, originally called ‘Bolton Avenue’ is also classified as a Cleveland Landmark District.

Photos taken January 31, 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

“…in an octopus’s garden in the shade…”

“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