Jan 19 2012

Cleveland Arcade

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Cleveland ArcadeToday’s Photo: Cleveland Arcade

Today’s photo is of the old Cleveland Arcade. The Arcade was originally financed by John D. Rockefeller and it was modeled on Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This property was recently sold at auction to Toronto-based Skyline International Development Inc.

Here is a little of what Skyline had to say about their purchase – “The property was acquired by Skyline at auction for $7.7 million after previous owners invested $70 million in acquiring and restoring the Arcade, including converting office towers to the hotel, and then defaulted on a mortgage.

Skyline CEO Michael Sneyd, who has been involved in and monitoring the American market for 15 years, views this destination community and lodging company’s first U.S. acquisition as another major milestone with five key factors. He said, “It’s the right time for Skyline to expand beyond Ontario and Canada. The Cleveland Arcade is the kind of mixed-use, legacy property where Skyline has expertise. It was an exceptional deal. It’s a well-known hotel and Cleveland is a relatively nearby destination for us, and a city that’s definitely on the move.”

Company Founder and President Gil Blutrich cites the combination of over $2 billion in public and private investment that will see a new convention center, medical mart and the Horseshoe Casino all open in downtown Cleveland by 2013, plus discussions around improving the city’s transportation infrastructure, as compelling reasons to invest there now.

“Cleveland is already filled with outstanding architecture, internationally famous chefs, top attractions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and sporting facilities. With these new additions Cleveland is poised to become a big regional draw for both meeting and leisure travelers,” Blutrich said.”

More info:

http://theclevelandarcade.com/

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/toronto-based-skyline-international-development-checks-into-us-market-with-acquisition-of-historic-cleveland-arcade-and-hyatt-regency-hotel-136037953.html

Today’s Quote: “ People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents”. – Andrew Carnegie


Jan 18 2012

North Coast Harbor

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North Coast Harbor

Today’s Photo: North Coast Harbor

Today’s photo is of North Coast Harbor and it was taken from the top of the Terminal Tower on a cool fall evening. North Coast Harbor is home to the Great Lakes Science Center, Voinovich Park, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Browns Stadium, a massive old iron ore ship named the William G Mather, and much more.

Today’s Quote: “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” – John D. Rockefeller


Jan 17 2012

Cleveland Trust Rotunda

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Cleveland Trust Company Rotunda

Today’s Photo: Cleveland Trust Rotunda

Today’s photo shows some of the details in the old Cleveland Trust Company rotunda. This building is located in downtown Cleveland on the corner of E. 9th and Euclid Ave.  For more information on this amazing piece of Cleveland history check out this link:

http://ech.case.edu/ech-cgi/article.pl?id=A8

Today’s Quote: It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world – Thomas Jefferson


Jan 16 2012

2012 Rock Hall Induction in Cleveland

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rock and roll hall of fame

Today’s Photo: 2012 Rock Hall Induction in Cleveland

The 2012 Rock Hall induction is in Cleveland! Guns N’ Roses, the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; how cool would it be to be there for this?

From Cleveland.com: “The 2012 induction ceremony will take place Saturday, April 14, at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. Guns N’ Roses, the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro and the Small Faces/Faces will be inducted as performers. Late bluesman Freddie King will be ushered in as an early influence. Among the nonperformer inductees will be Don Kirshner, Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and Cosimo Matassa.

The inductions here will be preceded by nine days of tie-in events, including the grand opening of the Rock Hall’s library and archives on Cuyahoga Community College’s Metropolitan Campus, the launch of a major new exhibition and a free “Concert for Cleveland.” Details for those events will be announced later, along with celebrity presenters for the inductions.

This will be the third induction ceremony in the Rock Hall’s hometown.”

http://www.cleveland.com/music/index.ssf/2011/12/2012_rock_and_roll_hall_of_fam.html

Today’s Quote:

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music” – Billy Joel


Jan 13 2012

Imagine

Brent

Cleveland public auditorium

Today’s Photo: Imagine

Imagine it’s September 15, 1964 and you are at Cleveland Public Auditorium, standing right here on the spot this photo was taken. You would be looking out into a crowd of 12,000 screaming Beatles fans. The fans rushed the stage and the police had to come onto the stage and stop the show. The show eventually continued but the police chief threatened to cancel the show for good if anyone got out of their chairs.

The play list that night:

  • Twist and Shout**
  • You Can’t Do That
  • All My Loving
  • She Loves You**
  • Things We Said Today
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • If I Fell
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • Boys
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Long Tall Sally

Today’s Quote: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon


Jan 12 2012

Side chapel of Trinity Cathedral

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Trinity Catherdral

 

Today’s Photo: Side chapel of Trinity Cathedral

Today’s photo is of the beautiful side chapel located inside Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland.

“But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things”. ~Vincent van Gogh


Jan 10 2012

Sunrise in the Italian Garden

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Italian Garden

Today’s Photo: Sunrise in the Italian Garden

This photo was taken early one morning about a year or so ago. If you have never spent any time here you are really missing something. Here is some more information:

http://blog.culturalgardens.org/index.php/category/italian-garden/

“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy” – Luis Barragan


Jan 9 2012

Welcome to the Ohio Theater!

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ohio theater

Today’s Photo: Welcome to the Ohio Theater!

Standing on the stage of the Ohio Theater and looking out into the seats. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the Ohio Theater:

“The Ohio Theatre is a theater on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, part of Playhouse Square. The theater was built by Marcus Loew’s Loew’s Ohio Theatres company. It was designed by Thomas W. Lamb in the Italian Renaissance style, and was intended to present legitimate plays. The theater opened on February 14, 1921, with 1,338 seats. The foyer featured three murals depicting the story of Venus, and the balcony contained paintings of Arcadia. Throughout the 1920s, the Ohio had a stock company and hosted traveling Broadway plays.

In 1935, the theater was redecorated in an Art Deco style and transformed into a supper club called the Mayfair Casino. The owners hoped to turn the establishment into an actual casino, but since gambling was not allowed in Ohio, the Mayfair closed in 1936. The Loew’s Theatres chain (then the parent of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) acquired the building, and in 1943 the Ohio reopened as a movie theater. A 1964 lobby fire damaged the interior, which was painted red to hide the smoke damage. Decreasing patronage caused the theater to close in early February 1969, along with the rest of the Playhouse Square theaters. Twice the Ohio and State Theatres were threatened with razing in order to build a parking lot; in 1972, when the buildings were saved by public outcry, and again in 1977. The Playhouse Square Foundation responded by obtaining a long-term lease for the theaters, and the Loew’s Building was purchased by Cuyahoga County. In 1978, the Ohio was added to the National Register of Historic Places, along with the rest of the Playhouse Square group.

Because of the extent of the building’s fire damage, the Ohio was originally slated to be the last of the group to undergo renovation, but plans were accelerated so that the theater could become the home of the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. The $4 million restoration took less than nine months, and on July 9, 1982, the Ohio Theatre became the first Playhouse Square theater to reopen, with 1,000 seats, showing Shakespeare’s As You Like It.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_Theatre_(Cleveland,_Ohio)

Today’s Quote:

If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great – Tom Hanks

Fore more info: http://www.playhousesquare.org/


Jan 6 2012

The Old Stone Church

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Old Stone Church

Today’s Photo: The Old Stone Church

The Old Stone Church on Public Square is one of my favorite buildings to photograph. The staff at the church was kind enough to take me on a tour of the building and I was able to learn a lot about one of Cleveland’s coolest landmarks. (see http://brentdurken.com/inside-the-tower) Here is some more information about the Church from their website:

“The Old Stone Church, long a downtown Cleveland landmark, has a congregation dating back to 1820. Officially known as The First Presbyterian Society, it was founded at a time when Cleveland was just a village of a few hundred people. As Cleveland has grown in size and importance, The Old Stone Church has kept pace, becoming a symbol of spiritual leadership, community involvement and stability in the heart of the city.

The sixteen Christian men and women who met on September 19, 1820, to sign the charter formally establishing the First Presbyterian Church were members of a Bible class which had met for a year under the direction of Elisha Taylor. Among them was Rebecca Carter who with her husband, Lorenzo, had been the first permanent white settlers in Cleveland. A variety of sites, including a one-room schoolhouse and the log courthouse, served as meeting places for the fledgling church. Finally, in 1827, The First Presbyterian Society was incorporated, with the primary purpose of building a permanent home for the congregation.

The first church building was dedicated on February 26, 1834, on the northwest corner of Public Square, the historical center of downtown Cleveland. The building, of Tuscan-style architecture, was built of gray sandstone. It was the first stone church in Cleveland and was known as “The Stone Church.” Later, as the sandstone darkened, the name became The Old Stone Church.

Dedicating the Church was the Rev. John Keep, the last of six home missionaries recruited by the Connecticut Missionary Service for “frontier service” to Congregational and Presbyterian groups. The year following the dedication, the first Pastor, Samuel Aiken, was called. He served more than 25 years, establishing a precedent for exceptionally long pastoral tenure throughout the history of The Old Stone Church.

In 1853, reflecting the rapid growth of Cleveland, the congregation was outgrowing the sanctuary which had been erected just 20 years earlier. A new church, built on the site of the original structure, was dedicated on August 12, 1855. The massive foundation and walls were constructed of sandstone, lined with brick, at a cost of $60,000.

Nineteen months later, on March 7, 1857, a disastrous fire hit The Old Stone Church and spread from the roof to the 250-ft. steeple, which swayed and crashed across Ontario Street. Amasa Stone led the successful struggle to rebuild on the original property, and the renovated church was dedicated on January 17, 1858. Later, galleries and another graceful spire were completed.

During the following twenty-five years many social service organizations were formed by Old Stone members, directed toward moral and social problems. These included the YMCA, the YWCA, Children’s Aid Society, Western Seamen’s Society, Lakeside Hospital, The Goodrich Society, and the first Cleveland medical school.

A Service of Thanksgiving was held at the end of the Civil War, and a new Peace Bell raised in the belfry. As Abraham Lincoln’s funeral cortege stopped at Public Square, people were called to his memorial service at the church by the tolling of the massive bell (now installed in front of the church, facing Public Square).

Old Stone is the only remaining building to have been in existence during the lighting of Public Square with Charles Brush’s arc light in 1879.

The building was struck by another severe fire on January 5, 1884. John Foote, Samuel E. Williamson and Col. John Hay convinced the congregation that the historic site was worth preserving. Work began immediately, with architect Charles Schweinfurth employed to guide the restoration. Mr. Schweinfurth was new to Cleveland and Old Stone’s renovation was the first of many important commercial architectural contributions he was to make to the city.

While Old Stone’s walls required few repairs, the interior needed to be completely reconstructed. The steeple was declared unsafe and removed. The restored church, dedicated on October 19, 1884, is essentially the church you see today. A recent capital campaign resulted in cleaning and repairing the church, re-landscaping, and restoring the steeple. The Sanctuary was also renovated”.

http://www.oldstonechurch.org/

Today’s Quote: What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ~Eleanor Powell


Jan 5 2012

The Emperor’s Gun

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Flintlock Sporting Gun of Napoleon I Bonaparte

Today’s Photo: The Emperor’s Gun

This double barreled flintlock sporting gun was made by Jean Le Page for Napoleon Bonaparte, who in turn gave it to the Polish count, Vincent Corvin Graf von Krasine-Krasinski as a gift. Le Page was also the royal gun maker for the French king, Louis XVI. This amazing gun and many others can be viewed in the armored court section of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

For more info:

http://www.davidrumsey.com/amica/amico6100263-36064.html

http://www.clevelandart.org/

Today’s Quote: A picture is worth a thousand words.- Napoleon Bonaparte