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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Everyman: 1906

Everyman: 1906

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1906. "Cleveland Grays Armory." A volunteer militia that saw action in the Civil War, the Cleveland Grays built this sandstone castle as a meeting place and social center in 1893. Now playing: "Everyman," billed as "the XVth century morality play." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Grace Episcopal Church

Next to the Armory was Grace Episcopal Church which was demolished. The Armory was also the first home of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1918 with Sokoloff conducting.

1837-1893

A pleasant surprise

that this example of such unique architecture is still extant! It seems that buildings such as these were prime targets of that dreaded beast — Urban Renewal. Seems to be in rather good condition.

Doorway Scale

The top of the doorway in the old photo being level with the tops of the four rows of stone at the building's foundation give it a much more imposing appearance. I wonder if they had a "Masonic" style secret knock to get in? I suppose a wooden door, open to the elements, would have been harder to maintain, though removing it takes away some of its "fortress" character. In full color, and with a recessed doorway, the new photos of this building somehow make it seem smaller.

Beautifully Sinister

This is a delightfully creepy AND imaginative interpretation of Richardsonian Romanesque. I'm glad that it has survived. Very impressive masonry work;
the top-heavy parapet walls are nothing short of amazing.

Red all over

I would never have guessed that this building would be red. I wonder if it's always been that way? It sure doesn't look like it on the original, but who would go to the trouble to paint it?

Too bad the church (?) next door is gone. I do like that there is yet another sign on the turret. Best visibility I guess!

What a completely awesome building that seems to be exactly the same today - even including the antennae which are for?

[Those are flagpoles. - Dave]

Movin' on up.

It looks like the time is up for those houses, with this hulking beast next door and a shoe shine in the front yard. As creepy as this building is, the ERIE Cemetery is right behind it.


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Exactly as billed

This is mighty impressive. "Everyman" is indeed a 15th century morality play, one of the founts of English drama, and source of the term "everyman." Ben Greet, the advertised director, was an important Shakespearean actor, later knighted. The company he brought to Cleveland was likely his own Elizabethan Stage Society of England, which toured the U.S. extensively. Among its members was Sydney Greenstreet, who later made himself immortal playing The Fat Man in "The Maltese Falcon."

Now an Historical Monument

A beautiful Romanesque Revival building. It's now a museum and looks pretty much the same. Too bad the church-like building to the left is gone.

 
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