“…’round here we always stand up straight… ’round here something radiates…”

“Round Here” – Counting Crows (1993)

An outdoor sculpture garden in the Health Career Programs wing of Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus in Parma, Ohio. In this sector of the College, facilities for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Electroneurodiagnostic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiography, Mammography, Polysomnography, Veterinary Technology and Physicians Assistant Programs are housed.

Photo taken July 15, 2015


“Oh it were sweet to think… that May should be ours again…”

“In May” – Poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1913)

(13 photos)
At 750 E 88th Street, on a parcel of land– a section of the 270 acres donated to the City of Cleveland by oil tycoon and philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller– the City’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse in all of it’s splendor. Completed in 1905, the greenhouse has been free and open to the public year-round throughout the decades. Visitors to the park enjoy lush indoor and outdoor gardens of many varieties. A quiet and colorful place to spend a lunch hour on a warm day in the month of May.

Photos taken May 7, 2015

“…and he had something relevant to say… now he sits alone in his chair…”

“Mr. Gray” – The Happy Bullets (2005)

A small patch of serenity at the busy intersection of Euclid and Chester Avenues, on Cleveland’s East side–part of University Circle’s Wade Park. An ode to Cleveland native, Republican United States Senator, political power broker, and industrialist Marcus Alonzo Hanna (1837 – 1904.)

The monument, was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, an American sculptor, who was responsible for the design of the $20 “double eagle” gold piece, produced by the United States Mint between 1907 and 1933, considered today to be one of the most exquisite coins ever minted in the U.S. The monument’s base was created by Henry Bacon– famous for his design of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C.

The inscription on the monument’s base reads:

“This monument is erected by friends and fellow citizens commemorating his efforts between capital and labor and his useful citizenship and distinguished public service.”

The Hanna Monument was unveiled to the public on May 24, 1908.

Photo taken October 28, 2014

“…by the Catholic monochrome…”

“Adrenochrome” – Sisters of Mercy (1982)

[14 photos]

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

“Avé María, grátia pléna…”

“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

“…Life’s rich demand creates supply in the hand of the powers… the only vote that matters…”

“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

“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)

[7 photographs]

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

“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…”

“I Got Stripes” – Johnny Cash (1959, live)
“I Got Stripes” – Joaquin Phoenix (2005)

Another set of pictures of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Photos taken June 16, 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

“…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

“You are a tower of strength to me… you stand firm and proud when the wind blows in your face… and when the sun shines in your eyes…”

“Tower of Strength” – The Mission UK (1994)

On Public Square, in Downtown Cleveland… The Soldiers and Sailors Monument standing in the shadows of the Terminal Tower.

Photo taken February 22, 2014

“Don’t stand alone… you might turn to stone… I’m sure there is a pill for that… you’re on your own…”

“All I Want to Be (is by your side)” – Peter Frampton (1972)

The Cuyahoga County Courthouse, at Lakeside and Ontario Streets, in downtown Cleveland, was the fifth in a series of courthouses built since the city’s inception. This house of justice was built between 1906 and 1911, costing $4 Million. It was Designed in Beaux-Arts architectural style, by Cleveland architectural firm Lehman and Schmitt, with Beaux-Arts trained architect, Charles Morris as chief designer.

The sculpted marble figures that rest on the building’s decorative cornice, or ledge, represent historic figures in the history of Law. Several different artists were commissioned to create these ornate statues, including the acclaimed American sculptor Daniel Chester French, who was responsible for, among other historically significant works, the sitting Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington D.C.

In 1975 the courthouse was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Top photo taken September 10, 2013 (front)
Bottom photo taken October 13, 2013 (rear)

“I’m worth a million in prizes… Yeah, I’m through with sleeping on the sidewalk…”

“Lust For Life” – Iggy Pop (1977)

In 1937, a small, undeveloped public park area between the two main Cleveland Public Library buildings in downtown Cleveland was granted to the library and dedicated as the Eastman Park. Named after Linda Eastman, the Director of the Cleveland Public Library system between 1918 and 1938, the area served as an outdoor reading area to patrons of the library. In 1960, the park was renamed The Eastman Reading Garden. Through the years the Eastman Reading Garden was developed with beautiful green landscaping, new seating areas and the addition of well placed public sculpture and other art.

Pictured is one of the many cartoon-like bronze sculptures in the Garden, created by artist Tom Otterness. Another example that I photographed at the library and showcased in a previous post can be found HERE. Otterness Bronze Sculptures are featured all around the United States and across the globe.

Photo taken September 27, 2013

“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.

“I went down, down, down and the flames went higher… and it burns, burns, burns…”

“Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash (1963)
“Ring of Fire” – Social Distortion (1990)

One of the many beautiful sculptures that line the 276 acre park along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard– known as the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The Park, which was conceived in 1916, has been an ongoing project since then, growing to 31 different gardens celebrating ethnic cultures around the world that have had an impact on America. Here, a bronze statue of Dante Alighieri, in the Italian Cultural Garden section of the park, rendered by Cleveland sculpture, Sandro Bonaiuto, in 2012.

Dante is best known for his epic poem, considered one of the finest world literary masterpieces of all time: “Divine Comedy.” In this work, Dante depicts his journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.

The above photo was taken October 15, 2013

Here, a scan of one of my original vintage Tampa cigar labels: “Dante” brand cigars, produced in Tampa, Florida during the 1910’s. A beautiful rendition of the Poet, Dante Alighieri.

“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

“All around me are familiar faces… worn out places… worn out faces…”

“Mad World” – Gary Jules and Michael Andrews (2001)
“Mad World” – Tears For Fears (1982)

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

“I’m free… to be whatever I… whatever I choose… and I’ll sing the blues if I want…”

“Whatever” – OASIS (1994, Noel Gallagher live solo-acoustic)

The “Free Stamp” sculpture
Willard Park
Downtown Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioned by Standard Oil of Ohio (Sohio) in 1985
Dedicated in 1991
Artists: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Dimensions: 28 ft 10 in by 26 ft by 49 ft

Photo taken June 14, 2012

“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

“…and all your weight.. it falls on me…”

“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

“…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

“Sitting with the thinker… trying to work it out…”

“Let’s Go All the Way” – Sly Fox (1985)

On Public Square, in downtown Cleveland–the bronze statue of Cleveland’s 35th Mayor, Tom L. Johnson, who served between 1901 and 1909. The memorial statue which sits in the northwest corner of the Square across from the Old Stone Church and the Society for Savings Building, was finished by sculptor Herman N. Matzen in 1915.

Photo taken June 14, 2013

“…reach up and touch the sky…”

“I Don’t Want to Go Home” – Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (1978, live from the Cleveland Agora with Bruce Springsteen)

“The Fountain of Eternal Life” located on Memorial Plaza, in Downtown Cleveland, was dedicated in 1964, and created to honor Cleveland residents who gave their life serving the United States in World War II. The statue depicts a man reaching for the sky–escaping the flames of war. Designed by Marshall Frederick, a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate, it stands 46 feet in height and is constructed of bronze.

Photo taken in the early morning, Memorial Day
May 27, 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

“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

“Put the right letters together and make a better day…”

“Alphabet Street” – PRINCE (1988)

Artwork inside the main lobby at the Cleveland Clinic.
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken December 18, 2012

“Broken hearts are hard to mend…”

“RUSH” – Big Audio Dynamite 2 (1991)

In front of the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 325 Superior Avenue, in downtown Cleveland. The flower was resting there when we came upon it… apropos.

Photo taken July 2, 2012

Telling it like it is…

The Telling Mansion
Current Home to the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
of the Cuyahoga County Public Library
4645 Mayfield Road
South Euclid, Ohio

Photos taken February 10, 2013

“Smoke gets in your eyes.”

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” – Bryan Ferry (1974)>

Inside the West Side Market, atop the counter of one of the vendors. There was a fire inside the Market yesterday and they are closing down for a few days. My thoughts and prayers are with the grand old building, and the people who are effected.

Located at West 25th Street & Lorain Avenue, in the near west-side, historic Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo taken February 19, 2012.

“ask me the questions, bridge keeper, I’m not afraid…”

“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

“Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.”

“Love is a canvas…” by François-Marie Arouet known by his pen name: Voltaire

National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Artist: Jean-Antoine Houdon
“Voltaire with a Perruque” (1778)
Marble bust

Photo taken March 19, 2006

“Check Your Head”

“Check Your Head” – The Beastie Boys

“Painting and Sculpture” (1774-1778)
Jean-Pierre-Antoine Tassaert
Flemish Sculptor
1727 – 1788
National Gallery of Art
West Building
Washington, D.C.
Photo taken March 18, 2006

“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]

“…far above our poor power to add or detract…”

“The Gettysburg Address – Abraham Lincoln (1863)

Located in front of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, in Judiciary Square, Washington, District of Columbia– The Major General George G. Meade Memorial, was completed by sculptor Charles Grafly in 1927. General Meade is best known for his defeat of General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army at the Battle of Gettysburg, during the American Civil War (1861–1865).
Photo taken March 19, 2006

A Fair Maiden

On the lawn of the Fine Arts Garden
The Cleveland Museum of Art
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken September 28, 2012

“In Dixie Land I’ll take my stand…”

“Dixie” written by Daniel Decatur Emmett (1859) – as sung by Bob Dylan (2003)

Erected in 1913 in McCorkle place, on the North Quad of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill– “Silent Sam” commemorates the 321 alumni of the University who died in the American Civil War as well as all of the more than 1,000 students who joined the Confederate States of America Army.

Photo taken February 17, 2006.

“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

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away…”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away…” – General Douglas MacArthur, April 19, 1951

The Douglas MacArthur Memorial and Museum
MacArthur Square
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Photo taken on February 2, 2006

“…gave proof through the night…”

“The Star Spangled Banner (US NATIONAL ANTHEM) – The Cleveland Orchestra (A Concert in Tribute and Remembrance, October 2001, Severance Hall)

Following an outdoor evening performance by the Cleveland Orchestra on
Public Square in downtown… the night sky was illuminated with a spectacular
fireworks display to celebrate America’s Independence Day.

Photo taken July 2, 2012


September 11, 2001
Hallowed Ground

Photo taken July 1, 2005