Monday, December 31, 2007

Immaculate Conception Church, Old South End

Augsburg Lutheran Church, West Toledo

Stained glass windows always look good on a cold night.
Photos by SheriYS

Screw Times Square

Who needs New York? Why be jostled by a crowd no one in his right mind would trust when you could have a fun night in a pleasant little town along a beautiful lake? Port Clinton, Ohio, doesn't drop a big ball on New Year's Eve. That's boring. They drop a 20 ft. walleye. Now do you see why I like Ohio?

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Immaculate Conception Church, Old South End

Immaculate Conception Church, Old South End

Before you ask, yes, he does give rise to a lot of "dog in the manger" jokes.
All that's missing are the Magi, and they'll show up at Epiphany.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

By Hans Schaufelein. c1506-1507. Kunsthalle, Hamburg.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Toledo Architects

Edward O. Fallis, architect of the Valentine Theater, Immaculate Conception Church, the Paula Brown Shops, and many other buildings, in Toledo and throughout the Midwest.

Just for the Hell of It

Toledo Artists

Tiger Hunting, by Edmund Osthaus.

Stay Tuned

More posts this evening.

Immaculate Conception Church, Old South End

Western Avenue, Old South End

Teidtke's Christmas Cheese

A good tradition. Too bad they're not here to continue.
Photo: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Toledo's Flag

I have to say I'm a bit surprised. Most town and county flags have a tendency to go overboard and look a bit ridiculous. This one's very good.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Downtown Toledo

My feeling on this complex are mixed. Overall, it's very nice. However, there's an imbalance.
This is what the church looked like, originally. It was an excellent design, while now it's merely a good design. As much as I like half-timbering, I really wish they'd left well enough alone. I'll admit that, when Hahn and Hayes added a new facade in 1954, they did a good job. Much better, in fact, than the usual product of that decade of insanity and inanity. That doesn't quite make up for the fact that the original design, built in 1868, was better.
Why was the facade changed? Well, aside from the fact that it was a decade when the majority of the people who made any major decisions were bloody feckin' idjits, they wanted it to match the parish house that had been built next door. The parish house is why I have mixed feelings.
It's, quite simply, one of the best Gothic buildings in Toledo. Leave out two or three churches and it's the best.

Gardner Building, Downtown Toledo

The Gardner Building, built in 1893, was one of the first large structures to use reinforced concrete. The reinforcing rods weren't even being produced, yet, so they used railroad rails.
I could say a lot about this one, but it'll have to wait until I'm in better health.