Salmagundi

Peace Arising from the Flames of War. Also known as the Fountain of Eternal Life and the War Memorial Fountain. Cleveland, Ohio.

Today I have a medley of scenes from Cleveland, starting with the War Memorial Fountain designed by Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Marshall Fredericks.  It is located on Memorial Plaza which is part of the Cleveland Mall, and was originally dedicated in 1964.  Surrounding the fountain are bronze plates engraved with the names of Clevelanders who died in World World II and the Korean War.

The four granite carvings depict the geographical civilizations of earth.

The bronze sphere symbolizes the superstitions and legends of mankind.

The bronze figure is man rising from the flames and reaching for eternal peace.

~ Marshall Fredericks, Sculptor

There were people working on the fountain while I was there.  I was surprised to see I managed the above shot without capturing any of the people.  I’d like to see the fountain when the water is turned on.  None of the outdoor fountains we passed while out walking around were turned on.  It’s usually still pretty cold this time of year so I guess they weren’t expecting to turn them on for another month or so.

I posted a different photo of these two buildings a few days ago.  Believe it or not, they are both skyscrapers.  The tall one in the back is the Key Tower, built in 1992.  The shorter one in front is the Society for Savings Building built in 1890.  What a difference 100 years makes in how high a skyscraper will go.

The Old Stone Church

The First Presbyterian Church, located on the northwest quadrant of Public Square, is commonly referred to as the Old Stone Church.  The present structure was built in 1853.

Public Square

The Colonial Arcade

Cleveland has three arcades (the Colonial, the Euclid, and one simply known as The Arcade).  If interested, you can read more about the Colonial and Euclid Arcades here.

The 99% are still being represented by Occupy Cleveland.

The rest are just random shots.  I didn’t take the time to find out what some of the buildings are or even keep notes as to where they are.  These are just things that caught my eye while walking around Cleveland last Thursday and Friday.

Tower City Center

One of the many faces of Cleveland

That does it for our mini-tour of Cleveland.  We did walk over to view Lake Erie and the Rock Hall (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) briefly, but I’ve taken so many photos of both that I didn’t bother with them on this trip.  The view of the lake wasn’t particularly nice (hazy with a smog layer floating just above the horizon).

Time to sit down and relax for a little while.

Thank you for dropping by the Bogs and joining me as I revisit my recent trip up to Cleveland.  It is warm and windy in the Bogs today.  I had the windows open for a little while, but the wind was blowing things off the walls and tables.  Laundry dried on the line in minutes.  It’s a good day for a walk around the pond if you don’t mind the wind blowing you around a bit.  Enjoy the warmth.  It looks like we’ll be heading back into more seasonable temperatures (40s and 50s) for the next few days.

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25 Comments on “Salmagundi”

  1. Joanne says:

    Pardon me….Shanga – what? Or is that one of your weird and wonderful search engine terms you sometimes get? Lol.

    Cleveland really looks like the most enjoyable city to visit. It looks as though it’s a mixture of some old and some not so old landmarks. I really enjoyed the guided tour, thank you Robin. 🙂

    • Joanne says:

      Hmm…now I’m really puzzled. I Googled “Salmagundi”, only to find out that it’s food. ??? :/

      • Robin says:

        lol! Well, this post was a bit of a mixed dish (although not as mixed as I originally intended because I ran out of steam). Salmagundi also means “any mixture or miscellany.” I was playing around with words today.

        Thank you, Joanne. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. 🙂

  2. I got a kick out of seeing the difference between buildings considered skyscrapers in the past couple of decades and a century ago. Funny to see them side by side. Thanks for the tour of Cleveland, Robin. Hope you have a lovely evening in the Bogs.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  3. Tammy says:

    Thanks for this. I have never been to Cleveland.

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    I’m one who loves city centers, but I wish I know more about architecture to take my enjoyment to the next level.

    • Robin says:

      Frank: I tried to learn a bit more about architecture by going on one of those architectural tours in Chicago, but I didn’t retain much. My brain doesn’t want to hold on to that type of knowledge as much as it seems to want to grasp onto song lyrics. Perhaps if I set everything to music, I’d learn better. 😀

  5. I’ve never been to Cleveland.. I love your Colonial Arcade shot!! And quite fond of the one wiht the glass of ale:)

  6. giselzitrone says:

    Schönes Bild Grüsse lieb und wünsche eine gute Nacht und einen schönen Freitag lieber Gruss Gislinde.

  7. I remember my nephew visiting a college buddy in Cleveland a few years back and his raving about how great it was. Guess I never thought about Cleveland as a destination. But it looks like a pretty cool city from the photos you’ve posted.

    • Robin says:

      Cleveland seems to be making quite a comeback, Teresita. Even so, I don’t think most people think about it as a destination. That’s too bad. It has a lot to offer.

  8. Dana says:

    Love the architecture in Cleveland! Whenever Marty and I travel, we end up with hundreds and hundreds of “building” shots. (Such is life when you’re married to an artist who specializes in depicting architecture!) I’ve come to appreciate the scads of building photos we now have and even have a particular fondness for architectural pics. Who knew? 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I thought of Marty when I looked at some of my Cleveland pics, Dana. My camera distorted the buildings somewhat and although the photos don’t look much like it, they did remind me of some of his artwork you’ve displayed on your blog. His work is much better. 🙂

  9. Beautiful architectural shots! I simply love the photo of the old arcade – what a cool building, and what fabulous angles you’ve captured!

  10. Great shots of the city!

  11. skip704 says:

    A great post, Robin. I want to get into Cleveland for some more photoshoots. There are so many possibilities as you have illustrated here and in earlier posts. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award. You can read about it here:http://skip22037.wordpress.com/blog-2/.

  12. What a change from our wanders in the bogs! You do a beautiful job with the lines of architecture! This was a real treat!


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