“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
“1234” – Feist (2007)
The W. Bingham Hardware Company Warehouse Building
Architect: Walker and Weeks
Today: “The Bingham” (luxury apartments)
1278 West 9th Street
Photo taken May 21, 2015
“Dance Anthem of the 80’s” – Regina Spektor (2009)
State Meat Market
5338 State Road
Southwestern Cleveland suburb
Photo taken January 25, 2015
“Don’t Let It Bring You Down” – Neil Young (live 1971)
“The Standard Building” at the southwest corner of Ontario Street and St. Clair Avenue, is one of the many skyscrapers that exist in the downtown business district of Cleveland. Built in 1924 at a cost $7 million for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the nation’s oldest labor union, the building was known as “The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Cooperative National Bank Building.”
Designed in an urban “Sullivanesque” style by the architectural firm of Knox and Elliot, the 21-story, 282 feet high-rise contrasted with the abundant and popular Neo-Classical designed buildings that stood at that time. The BLEC National Bank Building, which later morphed into “The National Standard Bank Building” is decorated with cream-colored terra cotta and a modern starburst motif as seen in these pictures.
Until very recently, The Standard Building has been concurrently owned by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and has had many different tenants over the years. In 1934, the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened its offices in the building, under the direction of Eliot Ness. During World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the building’s lobby served as a U.S. government Draft indoctrination center. Also during the 1940’s, Western Reserve University (today Case-Western Reserve University) maintained it’s downtown campus in The Standard Building.
In July of 2014, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen sold the building to a local developer. Twenty-thousand square feet of new, first floor retail space, as well as 287– one and two bedroom apartments, are now in the works for this elegantly styled former office building.
Photos taken on October 25, 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
“Mr. Brightside” – The Killers (2004)
From inside the Galleria at Erieview shopping mall, looking east toward the Erieview Tower.
Located at the corner of East 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue in downtown Cleveland, The Galleria was built in 1987 and was the vision of Erieview Tower (and then Cleveland Indians Major League baseball team owner), Richard Jacobs.
Photo taken June 27, 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
“What Is and What Should Never Be” – Led Zeppelin (1969)
At 10660 Carnegie Avenue, in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, the Tudor Arms Hotel building marks the sky with castle-like elegance, and has served the community in vastly different ways over the years of it’s existence.
The building opened it’s doors originally in 1933, as The Cleveland Club, an exclusive, members-only, place where Cleveland’s upper-crust met for lavish parties and other extracurricular activities.
The 12-story, Tudor Revival-style building was designed by American Civil War veteran, and MIT graduate, residential architect Frank B. Meade. Included amenities that attracted Cleveland area socialites to the Cleveland Club– a bowling alley, two swimming pools, a squash court, and two majestically detailed ballrooms.
A victim of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, the club eventually closed and The Tudor Arms Hotel took over the beautiful confines in 1939. During the 1940’s, the Tudor Arms Hotel became known for it’s dinner and jazz shows that filled it’s main ballroom– The Empress Room, on a nightly basis. The hotel offered 157 leaded-glass window, elegantly detailed suites. The hotel corridors lavished beautifully molded plaster and carved stone decor to the visiting guest’s experience.
Case Western Reserve University, eventually took over management of the Hotel as hotel business declined, and the building was slowly converted to a graduate student residence hall in the late 1950’s. By 1963, a total conversion had taken place. In later years, the building was leased to the federally funded Cleveland Job Corps.
Today, the building is home to DoubleTree by Hilton – The Tudor Arms Hotel, as well as two fine restaurants, and offers an exquisite over-night option for visitors to the nearby main campuses of the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and other institutions in walking distance around the University Circle area.
First 10 photos taken May 16, 2014
Bottom photo taken April 19, 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
“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
“Walk on the Wild Side” – Lou Reed (1972)
Along Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo taken September 14, 2013
“Up in the Sky” – Noel Gallagher (OASIS, acoustic 1994)
777 Starkweather Avenue
Near west side – Cleveland, Ohio
Photos taken December 11, 2013
“Fortress Around Your Heart” – STING (1985)
Two 9-story city buildings fused together in 1890… The Cleveland Arcade, built of grand Romanesque style architecture by the Detroit Bridge Company, is one of the few remaining arcades of its kind in the United States. The two buildings are joined together by a five-story arcade with a 300-foot glass skylight. With ornate entrances at both ends, the structure nestles between Euclid and Superior Avenues, in Downtown Cleveland. The elaborate project was financed by John D. Rockefeller, and several other wealthy Clevelanders. Today, the Victorian Age structure remains a vibrant reminder of Cleveland’s booming past–home to shops, restaurants, and a beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Photo taken November 5, 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
“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
“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
“Don’t Look Back in Anger” – Noel Gallagher (OASIS) [feel free to join in on the chorus!]
A showplace of beautiful dinnerware and exquisite gifts for those strolling the streets in Cleveland’s “Little Italy” neighborhood– La Bella Vita, is a shop that focuses on “high visual merchandising and sensory impact” items made by the finest artisans and craftsman from around the world. The shop has hundreds (if not thousands) of unique and alluring items to admire and “wow!” at, and a lot of neat little alcoves and hiding places to brows through. This picture shows one small example of the luxurious glassware that they have for sale. And right around the corner from the shop– on Mayfield Road, are all of the restaurants, bakeries, cafe’s and bars that make Cleveland’s “Little Italy” such a popular place for locals and visiting tourists alike.
Photo taken December 13, 2012.
Inside “The Olive Scene”
19132 Old Detroit Rd
Rocky River, OH
Photo taken June 5, 2012
“Deep in the Heart of Texas” – Bing Crosby And Woody Herman (1942)
I Loved living in Austin, Texas. Probably my favorite place of residence. The “Live Music Capital of the World.” A large city, trapped in an eclectic, bohemian, arts driven “small town.” The home of the University of Texas at Austin “Longhorns,” The Texas State Capital, rolling hills of lush green forested areas and picturesque lakes and rivers, The South by Southwest Music Festival, and of course, the infamous and eternally “weird” 6th Street in downtown Austin!
At The Pecan Street Festival
Along 6th Street
Photo taken September 29, 2001