“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 http://www.judsonsmartliving.org/judson-manor/

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.


“We’re always ready for the call… we place our trust in Thee. Through surf and storm and howling gale… high shall our purpose be…”

“Semper Paratus” – The Sun Harbor Men’s Chorus & The South Coast Trio (written, 1922)

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With some landfill, and $360,000 budgeted for the project, the design plans of local architect J. Milton Dyer, for a new, state-of-the-art Cleveland Coast Guard Station came to fruition in August of 1940. Located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on Whiskey Island, and Cleveland’s Lake Erie shoreline, the station was designed in streamline moderne architectural style, and intended to resemble a Great Lakes vessel and replicate what it was like being aboard ship. The Station was utilized until 1974, when the Coast Guard relocated to a new station.

Although vacant since then, the architecturally historic facility is being cleaned-up, renovated, and plans are being drawn to include the site as part of the Cleveland Metroparks System. It really will be a beautiful asset in the development of the City’s lakefront once it is completed. The Cleveland Coast Guard Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is has been designated as a City of Cleveland Historic Landmark.

Photos taken July 5, 2014

“And the embers never fade… in my city by the lake… the place where I was born…”

“Tonight Reprise” – The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

Two photos of The Cleveland West Pierhead Lighthouse, built in 1911. The fixture sits on the Lake Erie breakwall that protects the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and the Port of Cleveland.

Photos taken from the old Coast Guard Station Pier on Whiskey Island on July 5, 2014.

“Fifteen minutes with you… oh, I wouldn’t say no…”

“Reel Around the Fountain” – The Smiths (1984)

Another picture from the Italian Cultural Garden section of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens that stretches from the Shoreway along Lake Erie to University Circle, on Cleveland’s East side.

Photo taken October 15, 2013

“Alright don’t worry even if things end up a bit too heavy… we’ll all float on… alright… already we’ll all float on…”

“Float On” – Modest Mouse (2004)

On the Cuyahoga River, in downtown Cleveland, where the river exits out into Lake Erie–“American Courage,” a river-class vessel heading in to it’s next destination. The American Courage was built in 1979 by the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Bay Shipbuilding Corporation. It is powered by two 3500 Horse Power diesel engines. It also is equipped with 1,000 Horse Power “bow” and 600 Horse Power stern thrusters to negotiate tight waters in port, or on rivers such as the Cuyahoga.

Photo taken on October 4, 2013

“I dreamt we were standing… by the banks of the Thames… where the cold grey waters ripple… in the misty morning light…”

“Misty Morning, Albert Bridge” – The Pogues (1989)

“The Crooked River”– The Cuyahoga, as it flows slowly southward through the Village of Mantua, in Portage County, Ohio.

Stretching 85 miles in total length, The Cuyahoga River begins in Burton, Ohio, flowing south and west through Akron, in Summit County changing direction, where it heads north and eventually empties into Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken January 18, 2014

“Then blue turns to grey…”

“Blue Turns to Grey” – The Rolling Stones (1965)

Two photos of the frozen tundra of Lake Erie, taken at the Edgewater Park Pier, in the wake of the 2014 Polar Vortex that swept harshly through Cleveland and the Midwest and Eastern United States earlier this week. Edgewater Park is located on Cleveland’s near-west side, in eye shot of downtown, and is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system.

Photos taken January 8, 2014

“Our history runs down our rivers… down our rivers to the sea… reminds us of the things that matter… home and hearth and history…”

“Rivers” – Frank Turner (2011)

On the Chicago River… traversing the city of Chicago via the Architectural Riverboat Tour.

Photo taken July 28, 2013

“Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spirits… he runs… wishing he could fly…”

“Helplessly Hoping” – Crosby, Stills and Nash (1969)

The Cleveland Public Power Plant (formerly the Municipal Light Plant) sits on the shores of Lake Erie, near downtown Cleveland. The artwork “The Song of the Whales” painted by artist Robert Wyland, was completed in 1997, and is one of many “Whaling Walls” that the artist has rendered. The Cleveland example is number 75 in his “collection” of 90 such mural paintings nationally. The dimensions of the art, which is readily viewable from I-90 heading into downtown, is 300 feet long, and 108 feet high. Definitely a site to see when visiting the city!

Photo taken November 5, 2013

“…every time I see you falling, I get down on my knees and pray…”

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order (1987)

Brandywine Creek falling over the layered sandstone and shale that formed millions of years ago, creating the spectacular 65-foot Brandywine Waterfalls– part of the Northern Ohio treasure: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The falls are located in Sagamore Hills Township, approximately 20 miles Southeast of downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken November 3, 2013

“There‚Äôs an oil barge winding… down the Cuyahoga River…”

“Burn On” – Randy Newman (1972)

Three photographs of the Center Street Bridge, located in the heart of the “Flats” near downtown Cleveland. The first two photographs, looking south eastward, show a freighter ship as it approaches the bridge and as the “Bob-tail Swing Bridge” moves into passing position and allows ships slowly through the narrow channel. The Center Street Swing Bridge was built in 1910 providing foot and automobile traffic to travel east and west across the river. Once the most popular form of bridge in the U.S. today it is the only one of it’s kind still in operation in the State of Ohio. Towering above the Center Street Bridge is the mighty Detroit-Superior Avenue Bridge, built later. The third photograph from street level shows the Center Street Bridge from the east bank of the Cuyahoga River spanning across the waterway.

Top photo taken September 23, 2013
Middle photo taken September 6, 2013
Bottom photo taken August 15, 2012

“I… love to feel the rain in the summertime… I love to feel the rain on my face…”

“Rain in the Summertime” – The Alarm (1987)

Two photos of the Crown Fountain, in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Interactive. High-Technological. Wonderful on a hot summer day…

Photos taken July 28, 2013

“Because Mutiny on the Bounty’s what we’re all about… I’m gonna board your ship and turn it on out…”

“Rhymin’ and Stealin'” – Beastie Boys (1986)

Four silhouette photographs taken with my new Nikon D5100 camera. These beautiful ships sailed into the Port of Cleveland, on the downtown waterfront of Lake Erie for “The Tall Ship Festival”–just in time for the 4th of July holiday and the adjoining weekend! Click on the images for larger versions with more detail.

Photos taken July 6, 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

“May your path be the sound of your feet upon the ground”

“Carry On” – FUN. (2012)

On my birthday last year… On a path in the Rocky River Reservation – Cleveland Metroparks.

Photo taken April 20, 2012

“This is where we walked, this is where we swam… take a picture here… take a souvenir… Cuyahoga!”

“Cuyahoga” – R E M (1987)

The Cuyahoga River looking toward the east bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. Back in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s the East and West banks of the Cuyahoga River in the Flats were booming with popular nightlife– both sides of the river were home to converted warehouses turned raucous weekend party bars. Several concert venues and high end restaurants also staked claim there. Crime and assorted other “social problems” eventually drove people to other areas of town for fun, and the flats entertainment district eventually dried up. Today, the city is trying to renew life into the area with upscale apartments and condos, new restaurants, and the New Cleveland Aquarium.

Picture taken March 28, 2013.

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

“Got a condo made of stone-ah!”

“KING TUT” – Steve Martin (live 1979)

Built during the reign of Augustus Caesar, circa 15 B.C. “The Temple of Dendur” was gifted to the United States by the government of Egypt in 1965. In 1967 the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Manhattan, New York was awarded the temple for display. In 1978, the structure was placed permanently as the focal point in the beautiful Sackler Wing of the Met, pictured here.

Photo taken July 5, 2005

“All along the waterfall… with you…”

“Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison (1967)

Chagrin Falls
Cleveland (OH) Metroparks
South Chagrin Reservation

Photo taken September 5, 2012

“On the towpath treadin’ dirt”

“Erie Canal” – Bruce Springsteen (2006)

Lock 3 Park invites a beautiful stroll along the old Erie Canal in downtown Akron, Ohio. The towering building in the picture is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural and engineering significance. Completed in 1930, this Art Deco Style office building now houses apartments and other leased space.

Photo taken October 6, 2012.

“And I followed you, Big River, when you called…”

“Big River” – Johnny Cash (1958)

The Cuyahoga River
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken October 8, 2012


“Parklife” – BLUR (1994)

Wade Park
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken September 28, 2012

The Sponger

Tarpon Springs, Florida
Photo taken March 8, 2003

Primary New Hampshire

Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa
Whitefield, New Hampshire

Photo taken September 4, 2004

“Sittin’ on the dock of the bay…”

“(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” – Otis Redding (1967)

Smoking a Drew EstateAcid Cold Infusion Tea” cigar with Blondie, on my birthday, in the Rocky River Reservation Metroparks, near Cleveland, Ohio… Everything was perfect that day!

Photo taken on April 20, 2012


Barton Springs Reservoir
Austin, Texas

Photo taken July 1999

A Honeymoon Island Sun Setting

Honeymoon Island Florida nearing Dusk
The Gulf of Mexico

Photo taken May 20, 2011

The Cascading Splendor of Chagrin Falls

Taken at the South Chagrin Reservation, Cleveland Metroparks
Photo taken September 5, 2012