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Alhambra: 1911

Alhambra: 1911

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1911. "Euclid Avenue at 105th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Alhambra --> Ronald McDonald House

If I am correct that this photo is looking east, then the spot where the Alhambra was is now where the Ronald McDonald House is. As others have said, this area is dominated by the Cleveland Clinic now. The current view is totally different:

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The one structure nearby that is still standing from that era is the East Mt. Zion Baptist Church, which is about one block to the west.

Interesting mix of left and right hand drive vehicles

The car behind the Stearns is a Baker Electric which was advertised as being the perfect auto for ladies. No engine to crank and no smelly gasoline fumes. They were driven from the rear seat and the passengers rode in the front seats, which could be swiveled around so you could carry on a conversation with the driver face to face. They also had marvelous curved glass on the corners of the cabin and little flower vases inside. The one behind the Baker is a White made in Cleveland. Possibly a steamer, as White only started producing gasoline cars in 1911.

Look carefully!

See any 7 or 8 year old boys? There was one named Leslie (he usually went by Lester then) Hope who lived with his parents in 1911 near where this picture was taken. They had been in the US for only 3 years. His mother used to take him to occasional Vaudeville shows at the Alhambra. He later changed his name to Bob and eventually made some movies, a few of them with a fellow named Bing Crosby.

No Horses

1911 and the horses are already gone.

Buster Keaton

The car with the milk can is a Brush, designed and built by Alanson P. Brush. It was a small, simple, one cylinder runabout. Unusual features were wooden axles and the early use of coil springs.

Ionic Quartette

I would love to know what an "Ionic Quartette" is.
And what is it I'm supposed to "Not Fail" to do?


I wonder if the Ionic Quartette got positive or negative reviews.

A great time to have lived.

I have always been fascinated with era of the 1890s to the mid '20s. Beautiful buildings, horses, cars and trolleys on the street at the same time.

Collectible plates

Those 1911 Ohio license plates were made of porcelain, and highly prized by license plate collectors.


The Alhambra stood till the mid 1970s on Euclid Avenue. It was torn down to make room for the Cleveland Clinic. By this time the neighborhood was in a major downswing and most buildings were long since abandoned.


The car with the milk can tied on the back is definitely being driven by Buster Keaton.

Street Pavers

I'm always amazed by the thousands of pavers in city streets. A lot of manual labor. The car behind the Model T Ford on the left looks like a Stearns.

Bright idea

Someone should put a traffic light at the corner soon.

All gone now

That area is now where most of the Cleveland Clinic buildings stand.
Case Western is just a mile or two further down the street from here.

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