Follow me along on a sunny Saturday in downtown Hamilton, Ohio. The date was June 24, 2017. This camera-walk begins at the Fitton Center on South Monument, meanders through the Car Show of Many Colors at Front Street Presbyterian Church, lingers at the now demolished Trebel Building on South Third Street, then skirts the edge of German Village with a stop at the Municipal Brewery. There are more than thirty-six images of photogenic Hamilton. Enjoy the view!
I parked at the Fitton Center and took a quick shot looking north towards the Anthony Wayne on South Monument.
Seeing green on Ludlow kitty-corner from Zion Lutheran Church. Color, repeated architectural elements, and the message in the window caught my eye.
Throwing shade at a Mustang.
The Presby side-lot on High Street looking west towards the Monument and the High Street Bridge.
Looking south past the Presbyterian Church on South Front Street.
If a car attends a church car show, does that make it a holy roller?
Hamiltonians take it for granted, but our city has extraordinary architecture. Three buildings with three distinct styles at the Court Street entrance of the Butler County Court House.
Were the beds filled with Pepsi? Waterbed sign behind Home Furniture on South Second Street.
This is the Miami Motor Company built in 1920. It was the largest Ford dealer in Butler County. In 1921, Henry Ford, his son Edsel, and an entourage Ford executives visited the Miami Motor Company. Henry declared, “You have a splendid building here and your garage is a real credit to the Ford organization.”
Father Brown? South Second Street entrance of the First Methodist Church.
The beautiful, Romanesque arch of the Ludlow Street entrance of First Methodist Church.
Back-lot at Community First Solutions, Ludlow Street. Sometimes, it's the composition rather than the subject matter that makes a photograph want to exist.
Here we are at 216 South Third Street (center), the Trebel Building. You may remember the Trebel as Joffe's Furniture. Despite a big sign in the window promising “new life”, the CORE Fund has since torn down the Trebel Building.
The Trebel faced two other architecturally interesting buildings, Community First Solutions and the Palace Theater.
A chimney on the south face of the Trebel. Birds love the Trebel . . .
. . . especially this pigeon.
Dr. George Trebel was the surgeon for the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad. He studied medicine in the United States and Europe. He authored a book “How to Make and Use Electricity”. He also wrote popular music, including a little tune called “Goo Google”. Unfortunately, the doctor didn't enjoy his building very long. He died In January 1900.
Heading south on South Third Street. The Government Services Building looms over the old Savings and Loan.
Now we jog north then west to the new Rotary Park at the corner of High Street and North Second Street. Look closely at the red brick wall and you'll see an old advertisement for a men's clothing store.
Stopping for a beer at the Municipal Brew Works in the garage of the old Municipal Building. We're looking towards Market Street and the Courtyard by Marriott.
Soundcheck in progress at RiversEdge.
At Marcum Park looking towards St. Julie Billiart Church.
An old Chevy pickup and Richard's Pizza, two Hamilton institutions.
Another view of the RiversEdge amphitheater.
The Great Miami River and the High-Main Bridge.
Rides set up on North Second Street for the Badin Festival that was held June 23rd and 24th.
St. Julie Billiart Church.
Walking down Court Street, heading back to my car, I spotted the Zombie Outbreak Response Team parked outside the Anthony Wayne. There was a zombie outbreak and I missed it! Would have made for some great pictures.
“Baroque Trajectory” by Michael Poast at the Fitton Center.
A bride and her wedding party having pictures taken at the Fitton.
Brick and roof detail at the Court Street Worship Center of the Presbyterian Church.
I've always admired the Mediterranean look of the building. The west window of the church used to be visible from Ross Avenue before the Fitton Center blocked the view. I wish I'd gotten a picture. It was an interesting illusion, especially on a hot, dry day.
You can't not take a picture of a Ford Explorer wrapped in the American flag, especially under that sky.
We end as we began with a quick look at the Hamilton skyline. It was a beautiful day. I hope you enjoyed it.