West of Downtown, Part Two, Cleveland

Just west of the Flats is the Ohio City neighborhood, which of course takes its name from the fact that it was once an independent town in competition with Cleveland across the Cuyahoga River valley.

The West Side Market was opened in 1912, and designed by W. Dominick Benes and Benjamin Hubbell; I have to admit I originally mistook it for a trains station.

It’s an interesting structure stylistically, seemingly breaking out from the constraints of the Beaux-Arts. Note the bull head over the main door.

Due to the neighborhood’s close proximity to downtown, it has seen much redevelopment (why Ohio City was forced into, and eventually lost a duel with Cleveland).

While much of the architecture I saw further out was clearly from the early Twentieth Century, this is the part of the city where buildings from the Nineteenth Century still survive.

Italianate row buildings have been renovated, and while I don’t know about the paint jobs, they are still occupied and producing tax revenue.

It seems this building has avoided being painted by not being gentrified.

And this building most certainly has.

Jumping back to the the evocatively named Cudell neighborhood, I managed to snap some furtive images of the unique St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church.

It is perhaps one of the more unique churches I have seen, in that it is almost completely in the Moorish Revival style, perhaps fitting for St. Ignatius of Antioch in Syria. It is the only church I know of with his patronage.

It was founded in 1910 and also does the Latin mass nowadays.

Another change of pace was across the street from where I got pierogies somewhere. Board and batten seems to have come to every city across America.

Finishing up, I turned down a sidestreet parallel to Detroit Avenue on my last day in Cleveland and spotted these beautifully rehabbed houses.

The Queen Anne style houses are always interesting, with their mixes of fish scale shingles and other ornaments. These are relatively restrained, but I like them.

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