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Garfield Building: 1905

Garfield Building: 1905

1905. "Garfield Building, Cleveland, O." Completed in 1893, it still stands at the corner of Euclid and Sixth. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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I would expect some otolaryngologist offices, what with all the ah-nings.

Cleveland Crust

My paternal grandparents lived in the Cleveland area (Lakewood), and both my dad and I were born there. I remember seeing the Cleveland Trust signs (like the one on the first floor of this building) when I was little, and the weird script for the T in Trust really threw me. The first time I saw it, I thought it was another C, and thus stood for Cleveland Crust (which I must have assumed was a local brand of bread).

I sounded the mistaken phrase out loud, to much laughter. Even after an adult corrected me, this became a running family joke for some time.

It's had some remodeling

The two bottom floors are more formal now and set apart from the rest of the building. It is still a good-looking building. To the right, east on Euclid Ave, was a residential stretch that at the time of this photograph was called the most beautiful street in America. It's mostly gone now.

Spin the Google Street View around and there is a man at 5th Street Arcades letting you know he has a baseball bat.

Probably had to go up several floors first

It looks as if Mr. Denison of the brokerage firm on the second floor was up to some chicanery about the time of this photo. He took his own life the following year.

Bankers' Committee Says Denison, Prior & Co. Are Insolvent. MAY BE $1,500,000 FAILURE Leland W. Prior Was Heavily Involved with Customers — Arrest of Certificate Forgers Expected.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan. 11. — Fear of the penalty of the crime of forgery, personal financial losses, and obligations to clients are believed to have caused Leland W. Prior, the broker, to take his life.

Hollenden habitué

In 1953 the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers had a Triennial Convention in their home town of Cleveland. My dad, an engineer on the Frisco, was local chairman of the BofLE in St Louis. Dad, Mom and I were there for several days and stayed at the Hollenden. I was 13 and left to my own devices during the day. I'd swear that I would eat breakfast at a place on Sixth. I think the Hollenden is long gone, but don't know. It was a nice hotel then.


Unlike the next photo, the cars outnumber the horse drawn conveyances in this 1905 scene.

Exposure time

Looking at the shadow of this walking person one can see a complete step. Since the average is 90 steps per minute, the photographer may have used an exposure time of 0.66 seconds.

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