In the fourth week of the Phoneography Challenge, each photographer chooses from the following themes: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel.  I recently was in the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio and was mesmerized by the turn-of-last-century architecture.  I spent at least half an hour wandering around drinking in the beauty and taking photo after photo, half expecting a security person to ask me what I was doing.  Fortunately from a legal point of view, I’d never had reason to be there in the many years I lived in Cleveland.  From an architectural and historical point of view, I was happy to have finally had a chance to see it.

The building was constructed from 1906–1912 by the architectural firm of Lehman & Schmitt. The building is Beaux Arts style and is constructed of Milford pink granite from Massachusetts. The rusticated masonry of the ground floor includes deeply recessed and arched windows and doors. A protruding keystone tops each one. The front entrance is flanked by bronze statues of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton sculpted by Karl Bitter. Directly above the front entry doors are three large arched windows between fluted columns of the Ionic order allowing daylight into the courtroom within. The frieze of the cornice includes the inscription “Cuyahoga County Courthouse”. Above the cornice are several stone statues of historical law givers. Two of these figures, of Edward I and John Hampden, were sculpted by Daniel Chester French. The rear elevation facing Lake Erie is composed similarly, but with the inscription “Liberty is Obedience to Law”. A pediment with a plain tympanum surmounts the central element of the facade on both the north and south elevations.

The interior contains murals by Frank Brangwyn, Violet Oakley, Charles Yardley Turner, Max Bohm and Frederick Wilson.


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  1. I love the staircase! Wow

  2. Wonderful interpretation of a classic interior. Happy Photo Challenge.

  3. It looks amazing Janet, and your photos are beautiful. 🙂

  4. Like the Indian head, I mean native American. Stairway is grand but I’m drawn to the face.
    Happy Monday,

  5. My French Heaven says:

    The indian on the door is incredible. And the staircase… WOW!

  6. Great photos. I just love the curves in the staircase. 😀

  7. Amy says:

    Amazing phoneography,Janet! Beautiful staircase.

  8. Steve Lakey says:

    Lovely colours and textures here.

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