lost architecture & signage of Cleveland, USA.

25 Jan

What I love so much about cities and downtowns are the remnants of yesteryear…and ALL of the yesteryears…not just the ones introducing more classical architecture or the most current.  It is the character of the signage and the buildings from each chapter in a city’s history, mixed together that make up the character and fabric of a city.

Obviously the marketplace changes over time and businesses react to the changing trends; thus losing not just some of the great signage but in fact, many of the buildings themselves.  To some degree, this is sort of an inevitability, but walking around downtown today, some of my favorite places to go and to just admire are those that still suggest their era of origin.

We should make new buildings, I love modern and current architecture, but I love it more when it stands out as such in it’s context.

The Charles Dick freighter, 1969

Kon Tiki Bar in the Renaissance Hotel, 1969

W.25th & Bridge Ave. 1980

E.9th and Chester, 1971

E.9th and Superior, 1970

Bond Department Store at E.9th & Euclid, 1978

Payne and E12th, 1969

xoxo danielle

P.S.  Let’s enjoy one more! (thank you Wes.)  and thank you DALLAS ROGER’S flickr stream here.

4 Responses to “lost architecture & signage of Cleveland, USA.”

  1. Hallie January 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    I don’t care what the Bond Department store sold – I want to go inside that building! Damn. So many treasures, lost to time. BUT, more so than many other major downtowns that have been modernized in the name of progress, we still have amazing architectural treasures that are again being put to good use (i.e. The May Company building on Public Square’s new life as the home for Tri-C’s Hospitality program is a recent example that comes to mind).

    Great post, Danielle!

  2. Adam January 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Danielle —

    GREAT post and photos! I also love the old architecture, and I agree with Hallie, the Bond Department Store looks like it was a fun building! I also love the old signs and ads — they definitely bring back yesteryear!

  3. Kevin January 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    I believe most of these pictures came from Dallas Roger’s photostream on Flickr. He’s posted many great historic photos of Cleveland.

  4. kelly February 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    LOVE! where did you get these photos?

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