Columbus – January 2019 – Snow Day

It’s January, very little events going on, and it snowed enough to make the roads sloppy. But it did add some character to every day objects around the neighborhood.





It was just the right amount of snow, about 3-4″, to not cause total shutdown.





No skating today, unless you want to get very wet.





When the last grass cutting of the season is in neat rows, the snow comes out with the same pattern.





The birds have a home out of the snow.






This flight is grounded.





The large ornamental grasses to cover up the utility box. No longer green, but still with some color to contrast the white.

I hate snow, except once a year. Come on spring.











Columbus – January 2019 – Time Travelling Up High Street

When we lived close to Pittsburgh I would sometimes take old photos and recreate them with the current view. Being a city that has developed significantly since the 1950s, Columbus doesn’t have the quantity of old buildings to match up with current photos, it still offers enough to make for an interesting Sunday afternoon.

Most of the old photographs are from the Library of Congress website, and are in the Detroit Photographic Company section of the online photos (easily the best collection of vintage photos anywhere).

For this effort we made our way up High Street from the south end of downtown to the north end, where the former railroad station was once located.

We start with the grand old Southern Hotel. Still there, and still in the hotel business, it hasn’t changed much from the street view since 1910. A few horse and wagons parked instead of cars, and obviously no traffic lights!





We continued north on High Street, stopping at State Street to take a view back south towards where we just came.

Interestingly none of the 1910 buildings seem to still exist, and those that replaced them have also aged long enough to be re purposed into other functions. Most noteworthy is the large building on the far right on the new photo – it was for many years the downtown flagship Lazarus Department Store, which closed in 2003.







Turning around and looking north on High Street – the State Capitol Building on the right (just out of view). I would estimate this photo to be from between 1910-1915, with the presence of a few automobiles.

Note the two 12-15 floor high buildings on the right. The shorter one was the tallest in the city when completed in 1901, with the slightly taller one surpassing it in 1906. One interesting bit of trivia, one of the original leaders of the NFL was a Columbus native, and as the president of the league their headquarters was in the building on the right from 1927 until 1939.

Along the street in the distance you see mass transit – a street car in the 1910 photo, and a bus in the new one.







A second view of Broad and High Street. The older photo was obviously taken from the 2nd or 3rd floor, which I can’t recreate exactly since the buildings are all closed to the public.

It is amazing that since Broad & High is often considered the center of Ohio, being the two main streets in the city directly across from the Capitol that the small buildings on the northeast corner survive to this day, albeit with significant remodeling.

This view also gives a closer view of the transportation choices of the times.








One last view of Broad & High. The line of streetcars in 1910 and buses now.







Another block north brings us to Gay Street. Note the buildings on the northeast corner are all still in existence – although the concept of a Target store was still 50 years away.








Long Street – The Atlas Building has always been a presence at this corner. Not much about the exterior has changed, a couple of neighbors are missing though. Note that Long Street was a two way street in 1910, with the streetcar tracks down the middle.








High Street at Spring Street – Absolutely nothing remains, most has been replaced in the last 40 years.

Even on a Sunday it was easy to get a bus in every photo, as they seemed to pass by about every 5 minutes. The old photos also had a streetcar in nearly every one.








Our final stop on High Street – Union Station. This location on High Street was the location of the main railway station for Columbus from 1851 until the last train left in 1977. The wonderful building was demolished by 1979.

The station was replaced with a convention center, and later the arcade (shopping mall – not video games) was replaced with shops and restaurants built over the freeway in a style that recalls the architecture of the original.




The convention center and hotel sits exactly where the main concourse was located.




It still remains a public gathering space, only for a different purpose.

With that our time travelling up High Street came to an end. Look for more in future visits to other cities (Chicago, Cleveland) or even more in Columbus.








Columbus – December 2018 – Annual Visit to the Dragon Lights

So my friends at WordPress have changed their editor, so we shall see how this posting comes out!

What has become an annual tradition is a December visit to the State Fairgrounds for the annual Chinese Dragon Lights. In my opinion they are far more colorful and brilliant than any Christmas light display.

There were over 30 displays, all with the fabric framing and back lighting.

This year each had a small sign detailing the display, as well as a small ad. It is good to see they have the support of the business community so we are assured this will continue to be an annual event.

Not expecting to end up there on this evening, all the photos here were taken with an iPhone!

In addition when we went into the pavilion for the entertainment, it was packed. Without a zoom lens, this year’s blog posting is strictly the exterior displays.

The new editor does not allow additional spacing between the photos.

Still despite the photos from an iPhone, and the quirky new editor, the display are vivid online, as well as in person.

This display seems to make it’s way around the midwest each year. Earlier in the year it was in Cleveland, so it is not a ‘Christmas thing’.

To accompany the panda display they had televisions with a live view of panda’s at a zoo in China.

The tunnel lead to the ‘grand finale’

While there were a number of new displays, the castle was a repeat, but worth it.

Always a great evening – the Chinese Dragon Lights.

Columbus – December 2018 – Ohio’s Attic

The Ohio History Center in Columbus is sort of Ohio’s attic, if an attic is a brutalist style concrete building with a number of galleries with extremely diverse displays.

Still, a good way to spend a few hours on a cold, rainy Saturday.

First up – African American Art

2018 12 15 4 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

A long time Columbus TV legend, Flippo (or more appropriately Flippo’s outfit)

2018 12 15 7 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

A small engine.

2018 12 15 9 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Silver Bracelet from the 1800s.

2018 12 15 12 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Ohio has always been known for it’s many glass makers.

2018 12 15 13 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Coverlets

2018 12 15 17 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

A display on World War I had a gas mask. Interestingly the precursor to the gas mask was invented by Garrett Morgan in Cleveland. An African American, Garrett had a long and distinguished life as an inventor.

2018 12 15 21 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

An exhibit on Ohio artists. This display honors Paul Henri Bourguignon, a Belgian born artist who settled in Columbus in 1950 after his wife joined the faculty of Ohio State University.

2018 12 15 25 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Flywheel for a steam engine. I just like the symmetry and color.

2018 12 15 28 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Early fire engine.

2018 12 15 30 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Horse drawn streetcar.

2018 12 15 41 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

Model Train set.

2018 12 15 50 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Miss America 1953’s gown and portrait.

2018 12 15 56 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Etch a Sketch – from ‘Ohio Art’

2018 12 15 58 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

A 1957 Chevy and an Airstream Trailer. The camper has been built in Ohio for a long time.

2018 12 15 60 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

The Soap Box derby is synonymous with Ohio.

2018 12 15 62 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Lustron Homes were prefabricated, metal houses made in the 1940s and 1950s.

2018 12 15 69 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

This display is all set for Christmas 1955.

2018 12 15 68 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Native American pipe.

2018 12 15 71 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

And effigy.

2018 12 15 78 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Flints.

2018 12 15 75 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

A display of Civil War era Ohio Companies flags.

2018 12 15 81 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Dinosaur skull.

2018 12 15 83 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Fossils.

2018 12 15 90 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

2018 12 15 94 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Taxidermy of animals that once, or still, are present in Ohio.

2018 12 15 97 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

2018 12 15 100 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

An airplane, because we need an airplane.

2018 12 15 104 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

And cars. We need cars to. And the state has long produced both.

2018 12 15 107 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

An early tire mold from Firestone.

2018 12 15 110 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

Finally we are hungry, so we stopped by White Castle (at least the exhibit – we found better food for lunch afterwards).

2018 12 15 105 Columbus Ohio History Center.jpg

 

 

 

 

Columbus – December 2018 – Franklin Park Conservatory Holiday Lights Revisit

Keeping with the annual repeat visits this weekend, we stopped by the Franklin Park Conservatory for their Holiday Lights exhibit.

6852.jpg

 

 

The professional division gingerbread house winner.

6853.jpg

 

 

They have a mix of traditional holiday floral with the the permanent displays.

6862.jpg

 

 

Chihuly glass.

6863.jpg

 

 

More floral close ups.

6864.jpg

 

6867.jpg

 

6868.jpg

 

 

The center hall was all decked out for the season.

6872.jpg

 

 

The other halls had interesting lighting on the plants.

6878.jpg

 

6882.jpg

 

 

Outside near the glass blowing studio were additional glass ‘trees’.

6885.jpg

 

 

The Children’s Garden had the largest display of lights.

6889.jpg

 

6893.jpg

 

 

 

The glass block steps in the Palm House were lit.

6899.jpg

 

 

Additional glass pieces outside on a courtyard.

6902.jpg

 

 

 

Afterwards we made a brief stop at a park downtown for additional lights.

6903.jpg

 

6908.jpg

 

6905.jpg

 

 

 

 

Columbus – December 2018 – Zoo Wildlights

It’s December which means the annual Columbus Zoo ‘Wildlights’ is back.

6750.jpg

 

 

We arrived early enough to check out the aquarium.

6754.jpg

 

6756.jpg

 

6758.jpg

 

 

The penguin habitat was still open (it closed at 5).

6762.jpg

 

 

They apparently were ready to go in for the night as they were honking very loud and often.

6764.jpg

 

 

The Reptile Building was open. Most of them were very active.

6767.jpg

 

6771.jpg

 

6774.jpg

 

 

6779.jpg

 

6780.jpg

 

6781.jpg

 

6833.jpg

 

 

The ‘Farm’ was open as well, as it was inside of a barn.

6825.jpg

 

6826.jpg

 

6827.jpg

 

 

Finally we passed a sleeping bear.

6829.jpg

 

 

A quick stop by the historic carousel…

6805.jpg

 

6790.jpg

 

6797.jpg

 

 

And it was sunset.

6786.jpg

 

 

Time for the lights.

6802.jpg

 

6807.jpg

 

6817.jpg

 

6836.jpg

 

6838.jpg

 

 

The lights are nice, but the animals are always the best part.

6837.jpg

 

 

 

 

Columbus – December 2018 – Krampus Returns

It is that season again – Krampus! For those who have forgotten, Krampus is a horned figure used to scare little German kids into behaving during Christmas so they get presents.

Columbus has a small, but colorful, Krampus parade.

6673.jpg

 

 

 

6663.jpg

 

 

 

6665.jpg

 

 

 

6664.jpg

 

 

 

6669.jpg

 

 

 

6672.jpg

 

 

 

6676.jpg

 

 

 

6677.jpg

 

 

 

6679.jpg

 

 

6681.jpg

 

 

 

6683.jpg

 

 

 

6686.jpg

 

 

6689.jpg

 

 

 

6692.jpg

 

 

 

6693.jpg

 

 

 

6694.jpg

 

 

 

6697.jpg

 

 

 

6703.jpg

 

 

 

6704.jpg

 

 

 

6708.jpg

 

 

6711.jpg