Friday, February 20, 2009

First Congregational, Old West End

My moratorium on church pictures still holds, but I certainly wasn't about to pass an opportunity to get inside two of the churches in the Old West End, this week, much less to see Tiffany windows. I'll post some of them one of these days, but I couldn't resist posting these.
In my usual, contemptible style I ended up liking the Lederle and Geissler windows at First Congregational even more than the Tiffany.
I like the way they used rough chunks of glass in the border.

That oval piece at the left isn't flat, it's a cabachon.
This is actually one of the older Tiffany windows brought from the old downtown church. Threw it in anyway.

Collingwood Presbyterian, Old West End

I have to say I never expected to find a Moorish style drinking fountain in a Presbyterian church.
Beautiful thing. The picture doesn't do justice to the colors.

Can't Have Been Comfortable

Actress Georgia Cayvan and her fiberglass dress, made by Libbey Glass Company of Toledo. Needless to say, even in a period not noted for comfortable clothing, fiberglass never caught on as a fashion statement. I understand Princess Eulalia of Spain ordered one, but she was a bit eccentric anyway.

Woodlawn Cemetery, West Toledo

Interesting Blog

In keeping with my interest in cemeteries and my confirmed opinion that the dead often make far better company than the living, I'd like to draw your attention to Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay . There can never be too many pictures of tombstones.

Since I've finally started visiting Toledo cemeteries, I'll also be resurrecting my blog A Morbid Fascination as soon as I'm home from dogsitting the barbarian horde.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Harley Street, West Toledo

This one's a gem.
Despite the name, Harley Street doesn't seem to have any doctors' offices.

Former B'Nai Israel Synagogue, near Bancroft and Cherry

When this was built, in 1913-1914, it had to be on the cutting edge of architecture.