“…you’re ageless, timeless, lace and fineness… you’re beauty and elegance…”


“You’re In My Heart” – Rod Stewart (1977)

The Cleveland Carnegie West Library is one of the over 2,500 public libraries that were built around the world with grant funds from industrial giant and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It is among 104 Carnegie built public libraries in Ohio, and one of 14 in Cleveland. The very first Carnegie Library was opened in 1883 in the city of Dunfermline, Scotland, where Andrew Carnegie was born.

The Carnegie West Library was built at 1900 Fulton Road in Cleveland’s near-westside neighborhood of Ohio City in 1910. It was designed in a Modified Renaissance architectural style with elements of Classical style. Chosen to design the building was Edward Lippincott Tilton, a New York Architect, who designed over 100 libraries in the United States and Canada over the span of his career. The outer construction materials consist of brick, limestone and terra cotta.

Today, the Official Designated Cleveland Landmark– Carnegie West Library, at 25,000 square feet in size, is the largest branch in the Cleveland Public Library system. In 1979 the Library was completely renovated and restored after many years of deterioration. The terra cotta columns and ornate trim were restored utilizing a special epoxy injection and coating technique which saved the, in some cases, cracked and crumbling exterior to it’s beautiful original condition. The American Institute of Architects recognized the restoration project with their prestigious Preservation and Design Award.

Monochrome photos taken April 8, 2016
Color photos taken May 10, 2016


“…he’s a well-respected man about town doing the best things so conservatively…”

“A Well Respected Man” – The Kinks (1965)

United States Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and William Howard Taft all were members here. Six U.S Senators and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices enjoyed membership as well.

Located on the northeast corner of East 12th Street and Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland,The Union Club of Cleveland has been an exclusive, “by invitation only” political, cultural, and civic iconic force in Cleveland, since the club was established in 1872, and ultimately was to become the most prestigious, and influential club in the city.

The building shown here was designed and built by famed Cleveland architect, and Union Club member, Charles Frederick Schweinfurth. This new building for the Union Club’s expanding membership was completed in 1905. It was built of locally mined Berea Sandstone, with it’s outer walls, in places exceeding 3 feet in thickness. Schweinfurth noted that as the building aged, the sandstone would take-on a darkened, aesthetically pleasing look. And it was lauded immediately by visitors for it’s elegance and refined Classical architectural design. The majestic interior is adorned with a grand Italian marble staircase, Persian rugs, and a master dining room that boasts 20-foot high ornate plaster ceilings, ornamental columns and rich honey-colored hardwood floors.

Photos taken March 4, 2016

“In the city there’s a thousand things I want to say to you…”

“In the City” – The Jam (1977)

(26 photos)

Designed in 1929, The Midland Building was one in a series of buildings built by railroad tycoon brothers, Oris Paxton and Mantis James Van Sweringen. The Van Sweringen brothers also were responsible for the building of Cleveland’s most venerable downtown landmark, the Terminal Tower. Originally 7 buildings, occupying 17 acres of land– this complex of mighty office buildings became known as the Terminus Group. The Chicago architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, who designed that city’s famous Wrigley Building, was chosen to design these new additions to the downtown Cleveland landscape.

The Midland Building and it’s Modernistic Style has been the home to many tenants since its completion in 1930. Originally built as the headquarters for Midland Bank, the floors were built to support five, 22-ton bank vaults. Today, the entire Terminus Group, including The Midland Building, is owned by and Headquarters to the Sherwin-Williams Company.

Photos taken August 14, 2015

“Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine…”

“Subterranean Homesick Blues” – Bob Dylan (1965)

(six photos)

The Cleveland Clinic’s Crile Building, located at 2049 East 100th Street, between Euclid and Carnegie Avenues, on the Clinic’s main campus.  The 620,000 square foot, 14-floor Crile Building was named after George Crile, one of the original founders of the Cleveland Clinic.

Designed by the architectural firm of Cesar Pelli & Associates, the building was completed in 1985 and houses the Clinic’s Outpatient Services Department. The exterior is made primarily of glass and granite.  In 1986, the building was bestowed a prestigious Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Top photo taken May 30, 2014
Photos 2, 5 and 6 taken August 7, 2015
Photos 3 and 4 taken April 1, 2015

“There’s a meat market down the street…”

“Dance Anthem of the 80’s” – Regina Spektor (2009)

State Meat Market
Ukrainian Village
5338 State Road
Parma, Ohio
Southwestern Cleveland suburb

Photo taken January 25, 2015

“…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

“…and the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love…”

“Pompeii” – Bastille (2013)
[21 photographs]

Left for dead. That’s what it seemed like– this old industrial plant, built in 1922. I ventured in one afternoon not knowing what I would find beyond the sight-lines that the broken out windows at street level afforded me on a previous visit, a few weeks earlier. One of my many lunch time adventures, clad in dress pants, shirt and tie… polished dress shoes… exploring a long since abandoned factory in a desolate part of town that people tell me I shouldn’t venture into. But I really do live for these places. My camera and I (eye.)

Located on Ashland Road, somewhere between Cedar and Central Avenues, on Cleveland’s east side, the six-story structure was built by Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, as an additional piece to their, then, existing complex of factory buildings lining Ashland Road. Numerous subsidiaries of Westinghouse as well as other separately owned corporations utilized this brick and mortar facility over the years. During World War II activity soared to peak production at the site when the Thompson Aircraft Products Company (Tapco) called the facility home and military aircraft parts were produced to sustain America’s air superiority against the Axis Powers. A series of other manufacturing tenants followed after the war. It is unclear as to the exact date, but some time at the end of the 1970’s the premises were vacated for the last time and the building was foreclosed.

Over the years following it’s closing, like so many others of it’s kind– the Westinghouse factory building was torn and frayed by vandals and vagrants and “urban artists.” As pictured above, a total ruination of a once proud building— stripped of everything that could be taken and used as an illegal dumping ground. It looks as if some formal wrecking has taken place as well. But in spite of all the crumbling and blight that has taken place– My imagination, as I investigated the wreckage that has evolved, was not hindered. A rigorous past… men and women who earned their days wages… churning machinery. Turn of the century electrical innovations… American war planes flying over Nazi Germany, housed with Cleveland made high-altitude fuel systems. All of this and more hidden within the fractured remnants of this place on Ashland Road on Cleveland’s east side.

Photos taken July 3 and August 8, 2014

“…I think I’m in trouble…”

In a window along the exterior wall of Cleveland’s famed Tee Shirt printing shop, Daffy Dan’s. Located at 2101 Superior Avenue, near Cleveland State University, in downtown, DD’s has been custom screen printing tee shirts since 1973. Since then, according to Daffy Dan: “If your t-shirt doesn’t have DD on the sleeve, it’s just underwear!”

A picture of me back in college, sporting a Daffy Dan’s WMMS 101 FM Home of the Buzzard t-shirt:

“Trouble” – Lindsey Buckingham (1981)

“…I went down to the library… you know the big one way downtown…”

“Muse Blues” – Loudon Wainwright III (1972)

A set of 16 photographs I took of the interiors of the Cleveland Public Library Main Branch on Superior Avenue in downtown. Another extraordinary building designed by the Cleveland architectural firm of Walker and Weeks. The five story building was completed in 1925.

Photos taken August 9, 2014

“…forcin’ a light into all those stoney faces left stranded on this warm July.”

“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1973)

Eight photos capturing the essence of the Caxton Building, built in 1903.

Located at 812 Huron Road in downtown Cleveland, the 8-story structure was built specifically to house several Cleveland-based commercial printing and graphic-arts businesses. Several of the floors were designed to bear 300 pounds per sq. ft to accommodate the heavy printing machinery used by these tenants.

The beauty of the Romanesque architecture style terra cotta archway framing the main entrance really is striking. Designed by local architect, Frank Seymour Barnum, (who is noted for his work as architect and Superintendent of Buildings for the Cleveland Public Schools,) the Caxton Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated as a Cleveland landmark in 1976.

Photos taken July 17, 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

“Coming out of my cage and I’ve been doing just fine…”

“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

“Let the stories be told… let them say what they want… let the photos be old… let them show what they want…”

This photo is taken from the promotional booklet entitled “Then and now, the story of the Cleveland Leader and the Cleveland News” printed in 1913

“Let the Good Times Roll” – The Cars (1978)

On October 21, 1911, ground was broken at the corner of East 6th Street and Superior Avenue for what was later hailed as “the finest Newspaper plant and Office Building in the world”– home to two local newspapers, The Cleveland News, and The Cleveland Leader.

Designed by architect Charles Adams Platt, the Fifteen-floor building rises above a beautifully detailed lobby complete with Famousa marble flooring, imported from Germany, and elegant Bronze grill work, throughout.

The fate of the two newspapers was eventually taken over by current daily Cleveland Newspaper, The Plain Dealer, after a series of mergers and acquisitions.

Today the building provides office space for Cleveland’s bustling downtown business district.

Photos taken June 9, 2014

“You’ll wind up in some factory that’s full-time filth and nowhere left to go…”

“Don’t Go Back to Rockville” – REM (1984)

A collection of 17 photos I took of the historic Warner & Swasey Company factory building located at 5701 Carnegie Avenue near E. 55th Street, on Cleveland’s east side. I snuck into the old building on my lunch hour one day and climbed to the top in amazement.

The factory was built in 1881 and was the fruition of owners Worcester P. Warner and Ambrose Swasey. The factory produced turret lathes, but was more famous for it’s precision astronomical telescopes and other optical instruments.

In 1886, the largest telescope in the world, at that time, was created at this site for the Lick Observatory in California. Other Warney and Swasey telescopes were produced for the United States Naval Observatory, the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas at Austin, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, in Canada, and the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin, to name just a few.

Because the turret lathes were far more profitable to make, this is what the company concentrated on in the 20th Century. By World War II, employing over 7,000 people, over half of all such lathes produced in the United States were manufactured in Cleveland by Warner and Swasey.

The beautiful structure has been ransacked over the years following it’s closure in 1983. The walk through to the top was fascinating, knowing the work that had been done there, and the age of the structure. The city is going through a 3 Million Dollar remediation project funded by the Federal Government to clean up and restore the old Warner & Swasey factory, but these days, from the evidence that I saw, not much has been done (or even started.) Eventually it is hoped that the facility can be refurbished into new offices, labs, and warehouse space and play a vital role in the continual development of Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor.

Interior photographs taken May 13, 2014
Exterior facade photographs taken May 21, 2014

“…I wanted rock ‘n roll, I got a science museum…”

“Demons Out!” – Art Brut (2009)

Two pictures looking northeast from inside The Great Lakes Science Center Museum toward the western side of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, on the shores of Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland.

In 1986 Cleveland was chosen by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, a New York City based organization, to be the permanent home to the museum, beating stiff competition from New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, Memphis and Chicago. In 1987, internationally acclaimed architect I.M. Pei was picked to design the building and in 1993 the first shovel of dirt was turned. The Museum was opened two years later.

Another shot of the building that I took in 2012 can be found HERE.

Photos taken February 12, 2014.

“…’Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess… singin’ drunken lullabies.”

“Drunken Lullabies” – Flogging Molly (2002)

(two photographs: front entrance, and rear patio area)

I was lucky enough to bring in the new year, 2012, at this fantastic Irish Pub– called, “The Treehouse,” but never a St. Patty’s Day… not yet at least!

Located in the heart of Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, at the northeast corner of Professor and College Avenues, the original structure was completed in 1900. After a variety of different uses over the years, the Treehouse opened for business in 1996 and has been a “must do” entertainment spot along Professor, ever since.

Inside the Jameson and Guinness flow and the crowd arrives nightly. The sizable bar service area is Canopied by a huge tree, with branches extending out over nearly the whole bar area.

I am thinking a pint of Guinness Stout after work today may be in order! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Photos taken January 4, 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

“Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street… from my window I’m staring while my coffee grows cold…”

“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” – Joe Jackson (1978)

On the southeast corner of W. 3rd Street and Lakeside Avenue, in the Warehouse District of Downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken October 10, 2013

“…looking for soul food and a place to eat…”

“Walk on the Wild Side” – Lou Reed (1972)

Along Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo taken September 14, 2013

“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 can’t stop smiling long enough to pretend to sympathize…”

“I Can’t Stop Smiling” – Velocity Girl (1994)

(3 photos) At the southwest corner of East 36th Street and Superior Avenue sits The Tavern Club Building, built in 1904. The Tavern Club, which was established in 1892-93, was a “Gentleman’s Club” for distinguished Cleveland “movers and shakers” of the time. Today the Tudor-style structure still operates as an upscale night club and restaurant.

Photos taken January 10, 2014

“…down in the part of town where when you hit a red light you don’t stop…”

“Johnny 99” – Bruce Springsteen (1982)

Three lone photographs. There were hundreds, if not thousands of subject matter examples. Blight. The once proud city of Detroit, Michigan in decay and destruction. I was strongly warned not to get off of I-75 in Detroit, as I passed through heading back to Cleveland. The admonition was warranted, based on what I saw– but it was a challenge that I could not shy away from… and I found myself exiting off of the interstate, into the neighborhoods that make up the downtown area and it’s surroundings. Worse than what I could have ever imagined… Like a bombed-out, war-torn battlefield. The disturbing result of rampant crime, poverty, joblessness… a city governance that has not tended to it’s flock, and now, can not afford to…

But the motor city is not without it’s heartbeat. Grand theaters, and stunning architectural reclamation, sparsely spots the urban landscape. A Major League Baseball Park to rival in grandeur and personality, any I have seen, any where.

I did not see the whole city. It was only an hour spent– witnessing what I had only read about and seen on the television.

May God have Mercy on the people of Detroit.

Photos taken November 17, 2013

“…I am the crawling dead… a phantom in a box, shadow in your head…”

“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

“Well I think I see another side… maybe just another light that shines…”

“Halah” – Mazzy Star (1990)

On Bolivar Road at East 9th Street, in the Lower Prospect-Huron Historic District of downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken October 4, 2013

“…and if I had a dollar bill for all the things I’ve done, there’d be a mountain of money piled up to my chin…”

“Missionary Man” – Eurythmics (1986)

An old, rather odd shaped bank building, on Detroit Avenue in the Gordon Square Arts District west side neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken June 9, 2013

“And we’ll never be Royals… it don’t run in our blood… that kind of lux just ain’t for us… we crave a different kind of buzz…”

“Royals” – Lorde (2013)

A building exterior facade in South Beach, Miami, Florida.

Photo taken October 30, 2003

“Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe… love is a banquet on which we feed…”

“Because The Night” – Patti Smith Group (1978)

On the roof-top patio at The Black Pig restaurant, located on W.25th Street in the Ohio City neighborhood on Cleveland’s near-west side.

Photo taken May 2, 2013

“…the Wrigley Building… Chicago is…”

“My Kind of Town” – Frank Sinatra (1964)

“My kind of town, Chicago is…”

Most definitely. One of the majestic towers of The Wrigley Building, shown here is just a sample of the thousands of stunning sites on the landscape that is this city. The Wrigley Building was built by chewing gum tycoon, William Wrigley Jr, to headquarter his gum company here. It was completed in 1921. Architecturally, it’s outer facade has details reminiscent of French Renaissance style. Built on the “Miracle Mile” on Michigan Avenue, it sits on the northern banks of the Chicago River, directly across the street from another of Chicago’s stately landmarks: the Chicago Tribune Tower.

Photo taken July 28, 2013

“…I’ll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the tower of song…”

“Tower of Song” – Leonard Cohen (1988)

Standing in the shadows of the Terminal Tower– the old May Company Building, built by Department Store tycoon, David May, in 1917. The May Company building is part of the Tower City Complex on the Southeast side of Public Square in downtown Cleveland.

An architecturally beautiful structure, it is one of many Cleveland landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The May Company Department Store stayed in operation at this site until the company was merged with Kaufmann’s of Pittsburgh, and the old May Company downtown closed it’s doors for good in 1993.

Photo taken July 23, 2013

“If you want to destroy my sweater.. hold this string as I walk away… watch me unravel– I’ll soon be naked…”

“Undone – The Sweater Song” – WEEZER (1994)

Coyote Ugly Saloon
1722 East 7th Avenue
Ybor City
Tampa, Florida

Photo taken September 9, 2006

“If I gathered all my means.. in a pile beside me… It wouldn’t help to fill my dreams… for the love of ivy…”

“For the Love of Ivy” – The Mamas & The Papas (1968)

These four photos show the ivy cover that entangles beautiful urban architecture. Located on the outskirts of downtown Cleveland, at 3649 Prospect Avenue, this Victorian Era Brownstone structure was originally built as luxury townhouses in 1874. Today it is a designated Cleveland Landmark – Number 58, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos taken July 12, 2013

“…’cause I’m only a crack… in this castle of glass… hardly anything left, for you to see…”

“Castle of Glass” – Linkin Park (2013)

Parallel to Euclid and Superior Avenues in downtown Cleveland, on Public Square, the BP America Building is currently the Cleveland Headquarters of Huntington Bancshares. This photo was taken in the atrium looking up through the glass enclosure at the 45 story post-modern tower… a staple in the downtown Cleveland skyline. In 1998 British Petroleum (BP) sold the building to a private holding group and in 2011, Huntington Bank placed their name at the top of the tower and moved their headquarters to the building. The structure is the third tallest building in Cleveland behind the Terminal Tower and Key Tower, which is the tallest building between Chicago and New York City.

Photo taken June 14, 2013

“I’m goin’ back to New York City, I do believe I’ve had enough…”

“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – Bob Dylan (1966)
“Finger Lickin’ Good” – The Beastie Boys (1992)

Soho neighborhood – Manhattan
New York City, New York

Photo taken July 2, 2005

“Some might say, they don’t believe in heaven… go and tell it to a man who lives in Hell…”

“Some Might Say” – OASIS (1995)

Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
Built: Various sections completed between 1871 and 1901
Architecture: Gothic
Architect: Samuel Lane
4129 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken May 18, 2013

“But what does it matter when you’re out on the town… Rock and roll cities, with a pizza to go…”

“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

“you build your tower… but call me home”

Above photo taken April 12, 2012

Above photo Taken August 15, 2012

“Lover of the Light” – Mumford and Sons (2012)

Two shots of the Terminal Tower, on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. In June of 1930, at the time of it’s dedication ceremonies, the Terminal was the fourth tallest building in the world, rising up to the sky at 708 feet–52 floors, in all.

“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

“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

“Whatcha gonna do about Cleveland… whatcha gonna do about Rock and Roll?”

“Stairway to Cleveland” – Jefferson Starship (1981)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
In downtown, on the shores of Lake Erie
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken June 14, 2012

“Forever in debt to your priceless advice… your advice…”

“Heart Shaped Box” – NIRVANA (1993)

On some days, NIRVANA would simply be a little good advice, and a hot cup of joe… This spot meets all the criteria– on the southern shores of Lake Erie at Bradstreet’s Landing Park, in Rocky River, Ohio.

Photo taken June 5, 2012

“Pour some sugar on me…”

“Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Def Leppard (1987)

Cleveland, Ohio
Photo taken September 28, 2012

“…’cause I’m a Fool for the City…”

“Fool For the City” – Foghat (1975)

Like the subway systems in other larger cities, Cleveland, Ohio has an above ground public transit system that transports passengers in all directions throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The “Rapid Transit” or “Rapid” is a fun alternative to driving, particularly if you are headed into downtown. On this trip we took my 10 year old niece for an adventure into downtown Cleveland. The train shoots along the rails directly into the Terminal Tower where visitors are within footsteps of all that this metropolitan focal point offers. In this picture, taken from the train, we are cruising beside the Cuyahoga River, over the scenic “Flats,” and moments from our destination.

Photo taken April 12, 2012.

“Deep in the heart of Texas”

“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
Austin, Texas

Photo taken September 29, 2001

Lighting Sweet Melissa

Front table lighting at
Sweet Melissa
19337 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

Photo taken January 19, 2012

“Reflection is a flower of the mind…”

“Reflection is a flower…” – Desiderius Erasmus

At the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Photo taken March 27, 2012

Right around the corner…

From my 14th floor apartment at the time– The Chesterfield… looking up East 12th Street toward Lake Erie (which is blotted-out by snow squalls.) On nights when the Indians or Browns played at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium, you could see the stadium lights haze over the buildings that appeared out my window. It was a time of walking everywhere.. even in the winter, because “everywhere” was close by–the heart of Downtown Cleveland. A “flop house” for friends to spend the night after crazy adventures to the entertainment district of Cleveland at the time–“The Flats” or to ballgames down at the stadium. Being in a stones throw to Lake Erie was a blessing of downtown living as well.

This photograph was taken in January of 1993, on a very cold day.

A Modern Reflection of the Past

Near Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in downtown Richmond, Virginia– a reflection I couldn’t pass up.

Photo taken February 2, 2006

By the light on the Square

A downtown Cleveland view from the Renaissance Hotel on Public Square. Key Tower stands prominently as the focal point through the window.

Photo taken April 12, 2012