“She thinks she missed the train to Mars… she’s out back counting stars….”

“Stars” – HUM (1995)

(22 Photos)

Hiding in amongst the trees at the top of the Taylor Road hill in East Cleveland– The abandoned Warner and Swasey Observatory, just four miles southeast of its original parent home, the then, Case School of Applied Science (Case-Western Reserve University.)

The Observatory was designed in 1918 by the Cleveland architectural firm of Walker and Weeks and The Warner & Swasey Company  completed construction of the building in 1920.   On October 12th of that year, world renowned astronomer Dr. W. W. Campbell, the Director of the University of California Lick Observatory, gave the key note address at the observatory’s dedication.

The building included a small library, a darkroom, a transit room, an office and one bedroom. The observatory also housed two Riefler astronomical regulator clocks, two four-inch transits, and an extremely sensitive zenith 9.5-inch refractor telescope, built by the Warner and Swasey Company of Cleveland. The entire Observatory, including all equipment, as well as the cost of construction of the physical structure, was donated to the Case Institute of Technology by Trustees Worcester R. Warner and Ambrose Swasey, of the Warner and Swasey Company.

As the need for expansion of facilities and new equipment became evident, additions to the Observatory were graciously provided by Warner and Swasey. In 1940, the building of en entire new wing to the Observatory was completed. Included in this expansion was a new library, a teaching lecture hall, and a new Warner & Swasey Company-manufactured 24-inch Burrell Schmidt telescope, housed in a new dome (pictured below.)

By the 1950’s, city-light evening sky “noise” made it necessary for Case to develop a new facility and relocate the housed telescopes and other equipment, in order for the school to maintain the highest levels of scientific integrity.  The new facility– the Nassau Astronomical Station, was built in 1957 on 281 acres of land in Montville Township in Geauga County, thirty miles to the east of the Warner and Swasey Observatory. The Burrell Schmidt telescope was transferred to this site, and was replaced with a 36-inch telescope that was used primarily for viewing by the public. In 1980, The Warner and Swasey Observatory was closed permanently, and the original zenith telescope was transferred to the Euclid Avenue main campus of Case-Western Reserve University, where today it is housed and in-use in the University’s Albert W. Smith Building.

The old observatory was sold and has changed ownership hands a few different times since Case managed the facility, and although every attempt has been made to board-up entrance points inside… graffiti artists, area gangs, historians, photographers and urban explorers have all found their way to the interior of the building. Picture number 20, from the top, of the photos I have taken and posted here– the empty window frame– was my magic doorway into the fascinating storied past of the Warner and Swasey Observatory that still stands at the top of a hill in East Cleveland.

Above photos taken July 3, 2015

The 24-inch Burrell Schmidt telescope manufactured by the Warner & Swasey Company, pictured here at the Warner and Swasey Observatory. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Memory Project and the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University.


“We’re playing those mind games together… pushing the barriers… planting seeds…”

“Mind Games” – John Lennon (1973)

(Seven photos)

James A. Rhodes Tower, built in 1971.
Fenn Tower, built in 1929.

Two buildings that have defined the landscape and skyline between East 13th and East 24th Streets and Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland– the real estate known as Cleveland State University.

The older of the two buildings, Fenn Tower, was originally built as the National Town and Country Club, but the private membership businessman’s club was ravaged by the Depression and the 22-story skyscraper ultimately was sold to Fenn College in 1937. In 1964, Fenn College, an engineering school, became Cleveland State University.

James A. Rhodes Tower, with the CSU moniker broadly displayed on each of it’s four sides, rises 373-feet into the sky and is the second tallest educational building in the United States. Named for the State of Ohio’s 61st and 63rd Governor of Ohio, Rhodes Tower is the home to Cleveland State University’s library and Administrative offices.

Top photo taken September 4, 2014
Photo (2) taken February 5, 2015
Photo (3) taken September 19, 2014
Photo (4) taken February 3, 2015
Photo (5) taken December 6, 2013
Photo (6) taken May 13, 2014
Bottom photo taken February 3, 2015

“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

“…it’s to a castle I will take you… where what’s to be, they say will be…”

“What Is and What Should Never Be” – Led Zeppelin (1969)

[11 Photographs]

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

“…my reach is global, my tower secure… my cause is noble, my power is pure…”

“Handlebars” – FLOBOTS (2008)

375,000-square-feet of world renowned cancer patient care, clinical research, and education, embody the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Located on the Case Western Reserve Medical School/University Hospitals Main Campus on Euclid Avenue, in Cleveland’s University Circle district, the Building was completed in 2011.

Photo taken April 19, 2014

“They say that the left side of the brain controls the right… they say that the right side has to work hard all night… maybe I think too much for my own good…”

“Think Too Much” – Paul Simon (1983)

The Rockefeller Physics Building on the campus of Case-Western Reserve University on Cleveland’s east side.

The Italian Renaissance style building was constructed in 1905 at a cost of $96,042.22. The building which bears his name, was built through a gift to the University by John D. Rockefeller.

Photo taken April 19, 2014

“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

“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

“…I said where’d you get your information from, huh? You think that you can front when Revelation comes?”

“So What’cha Want” – Beastie Boys (1992)

On the campus of Case Western Reserve University, on Cleveland’s east side, at University Circle– a rear view of The Church of the Covenant. This beautiful Presbyterian Church was designed by Ralph Adams Cram in Gothic Revival architectural style. The structure, built of Indiana limestone, was completed in 1911. The limestone is structural in use rather than ornamental, as there was no brick or steel support skeleton used. In 1980, The Church of the Covenant was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo taken on February 10, 2014.

“A winter’s day… in a deep and dark December…”

“I Am a Rock” – Simon and Garfunkle (1965)

This picture looks southeast toward the First United Methodist Church, located at East 30th Street and Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland. The church was built in 1905 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by J. Milton Dyer, in an adapted Perpendicular Gothic Architectural style and is made primarily of Indiana Limestone. The Sanctuary seats approximately 1,200 people.

This photo was taken December 13, 2013, from the lawn of the Samuel Mather Mansion, on the campus of Cleveland State University.

“…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

“Snow can wait, I forgot my mittens… wipe my nose… get my new boots on…”

“Winter” – Tori Amos (1991, live)

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at University Circle, on Cleveland’s east side– Public artwork by Brittany Lockwood, Cleveland Institute of Art, Class of 2014.

Photo taken October 17, 2013

“…He set my feet upon a rock… made my footsteps firm… Many will see… Many will see and hear…”

“40” – U2 (live, 1983)
Psalm 40 (NIV)

Three photos of Trinity Cathedral at Euclid Avenue and East 22nd Street, across from the campus of Cleveland State University, in downtown Cleveland. Built between 1901 and 1907, the historic Episcopal cathedral was designed by architect Charles F. Schweinfurth in English Gothic Style. The exterior of the structure is made of Indiana Limestone. In 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos taken October 11, 2013

“…you need a bus-load of faith to get by…”

“Busload of Faith” – Lou Reed (1989)

The Temple-Tifereth Israel
(Home to the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center)

On University Circle at Silver Park
Cleveland, Ohio


Charles R. Greco (1873-1962)

Modern rendering of Byzantine and Romanesque motifs

The structure includes:
A chapel, a 2,000-seat sanctuary, with a gigantic, seven-sided vault; and a 525-seat auditorium with adjacent classrooms.

♦ Part of the Case-Western Reserve University campus where the school’s dance, theater and music programs are run.

♦ Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974

Photo taken April 27, 2013

“Oh, if this old house could talk, what a story it would tell… It would tell about the good times and the bad times as well…”

“This Old House” – Loretta Lynn (2004)

The Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity house, on the campus of The University of Akron… My residence, for one year while in college. It looked in a lot better shape back in the day. Originally built as a servants quarters for a near by mansion, in 1898, the old frat house is set for demolition this summer. Located at 116 Fir Hill, in Akron, Ohio.

Photo taken on March 30, 2013.

“I will listen hard to your tuition… and you will see it come to its fruition…”

“Wrapped Around Your Finger” – The Police

Cuyahoga Community College – Metro Campus
Looking north toward downtown
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken February 6, 2013

“So it’s fight, fight, fight for Carolina…”

Kenan Memorial Stadium
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Opened in 1927
Capacity: 62,980

Photo taken February 17, 2006

“You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave”

“Hotel California” – The Eagles (1976)

Photo taken October 26, 2001

On the banks of the Hillsborough River, the former Tampa Bay Hotel, has been a national gem since its opening in 1891. Built by Railroad Tycoon Henry B. Plant, the lavish structure, of Moorish architectural design, boasted 511 rooms and covered over 6 acres of land and over 150 acres of lush grounds for guests to enjoy.

In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the United States Military used the hotel and it’s grounds as a base of operations. Teddy Roosevelt and his “Rough Riders” prepared for battle on these grounds, and Roosevelt took comfort in a luxury suite in the hotel, while enlisted men stayed in near-by tents. Years later, Hall of Fame baseball player Babe Ruth signed his first Major League contract at the hotel, surely, with a Tampa hand rolled “Optimo” Cigar (his favorite) clamped between his teeth!

Following depression era hard times, the hotel closed in 1930. In 1933, the Tampa Bay Junior College established residence in the old hotel and the school eventually grew in size and became known as The University of Tampa. Currently, “Plant Hall” as the treasured building is named today, houses University of Tampa administrative offices and student oriented areas, as well as the Henry B. Plant Museum.

The Tampa Life cigar box featured the Tampa Bay Hotel prominently on it’s inner label artwork, to attract customers during the time that the hotel was in operation.

One of Babe Ruth’s favorite cigar brands was OPTIMO, also hand rolled in Tampa, the cigar capital of the world at the time!

“Knowledge is power…”

(“knowledge is power” attributed to Francis Bacon and used at least twice by Thomas Jefferson in his written works.)

“I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness…Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [tyranny, oppression, etc.] and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”Thomas Jefferson, August 13, 1786

The University of Virginia from the steps of the Rotunda looking out onto the lawn of the Academical Village.
Designed and created by Thomas Jefferson.
The University of Virginia was founded in 1819.
Charlottesville, Virginia

Photo taken March 15, 2006

“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.

Greek Revival Southern Antebellum Style

The Woodruff House
Mercer University
988 Bond St
Macon, Georgia
built in 1836

Photo taken October 14, 2005

“…for in you I take refuge.”

Psalm 16:1 (New International Version)

Duke University Chapel
401 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Photo taken February 15, 2006