Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Greatest American President

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at Union Station, in the Old South End

Photos: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Cherry Street Bridge

Friday, December 14, 2007

Corbutt Island

Different Worlds

St. Lucas' Lutheran Church and fast food.

On Broadway

Enough, Already

The sky's looked like this for the better part of two weeks.

Toledo Pride

As far as I'm concerned...
...putting Toledo Pride stickers on garbage cans sends a rather mixed message.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Old South End Houses

This pair of mirror-image houses, on Wade Street near the Amtrak Station was built in 1872.

Norwalk Ohio Architecture

A new BLOG with a lot of potential.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I'd Best Warn You

At the end of the month, I'll be handing out the First Annual Lavish Praise, Faint Praise, and Scathing Condemnation Awards. These will recognize the best and the worst in Toledo Architecture and Planning ( Or Lack Thereof )

Toledo Trivia

Back in the 1940's, a lady named Betty Warren worked as a product demonstrator at the Lasalle and Koch Department Store. She left Toledo after a divorce, in 1947. She remarried and became famous for a job she held much later.
Her second husband's name was Gerald R. Ford and she went on to become First Lady of the United States.

Monday, December 10, 2007

City Waterworks, Old South End

This was built, along Broadway, near the present Danny Thomas Park, in 1873-1874. The tower was 224 feet tall.
Everything was demolished in 1917. All that's left is the name of Waterworks Road, nearby.
Photos: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Toledo Shipyards

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Immaculate Conception Church, Old South End

A detail of the William F. Matthews mural at the rectory.

Vegas comes to Toledo

A "wedding chapel" overlooking the Maumee, on Broadway. I'll refrain from comment.

A Damn Shame

Zion German Evangelical Reformed Church, on Canton Avenue. I'm afraid it's even worse now, than when this picture was taken. Last time I saw it, you could look up through the window the top of the tower and see the sky through the roof. Not much hope for this one.
It was built in 1882 and was Edward Fallis' first important commission for a church building. From 1915 to 1954 it was the synagogue of the Anshai Stard Congregation, then as Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The Hall Block, Downtown Toledo

This was at Jefferson and St. Clair. The cupola at the corner was deliberately put there, by architects James Young and Carl Schon, to match that of the Boody House Hotel, at Madison and St. Clair. The tower, in the middle of the block was the First Congregational Church.
The Hall Block was built in 1875, but only lasted seven years. It was destroyed in a spectacular fire, on December 15, 1882.
Photos: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Michael Henahan House, Old West End

1894. For some reason, it just doesn't look as good from this side.... from this.
Photos: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Best Hope it doesn't Spring a Leak

This warehouse is near the High Level Bridge, which can be seen just over the left of the building. I understand the reasoning behind water tanks like this, but I still think they look a bit ridiculous.

A Different Sort of Duplex

I believe this is called Mill Street, at Harrison. It's a block past St. John's Lutheran Church. I love it.