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Old 08-12-2015, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:55 AM
 
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Here are some images of just a few public squares in Ohio's Western Reserve. The public squares often are sufficiently big that it's difficult to find comprehensive pictures as most pictures focus on surrounding buildings. However, it's easy to see how they are a focus of community memories and fun.

Painesville:

Party in the Park – Ohio’s Largest Free Music Festival | Things to do in Lake County, Ohio | Think Lake County Blog

http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-...ty-in-the-park

http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/p...m/47331332.jpg

https://localtvwjw.files.wordpress.c...are.jpg?w=2000

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/35307000.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3048/2...3047d4b5_b.jpg

Medina:

Christmas comes early to Medina for 29th annual 'Candlelight Walk' kick-start: Kristel's CLE | cleveland.com

http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.c...WEBlights1.jpg

http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicv/vfiles2402.jpg

http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicv/vfiles2401.jpg

Chardon:

Geauga Maple Festival opens with residents flocking to Chardon Square - newsnet5.com Cleveland

http://wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.c...438_0008cr.jpg

http://www.unigami.com/chardon-square.jpg

Chardon Square Christmas lighting shines brighter

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas in Chardon | Geauga County Maple Leaf

Cleveland's Public Square is being reconstructed into a highly engineered public space that its creators hope will be the most admired public square in Ohio, but it's questionable if it ever will compete with the charm of nearby small town squares.

Public Square renovation starting Monday signals a paradigm shift for public space in Cleveland (photos) | cleveland.com
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Old 08-16-2015, 02:23 PM
 
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Default One Potato, Two Potato

In 1964, the independent film "One Potato, Two Potato" was filmed in Painesville, chosen for its charm, with several scenes taking place in the city's Public Square park.

One Potato, Two Potato -- (Movie Clip) Because You're With Me!

Unfortunately, much of the southeast portion of the square, including the Civil War-era Parmly Hotel, were subsequently leveled as part of an "urban renewal," and even more unfortunately replaced by a fortress-like, multi-story retail and office building which no street level access. It was an amazing disaster for the city, once a significant retail hub.

Parmly Hotel, as shown in some scenes in "One Potato, Two Potato."

John G. Walter - The Parmly Hotel - Painesville, Ohio

See reply 27 here: Main St., Painesville, post-WWII (the caption is largely inaccurate; Carlisle Dept. Store was larger and survived in a new building on Public Square for a decade or more after Gail G. Grant went out of business; I have no memory of any fire precipitating Painesville's urban renewal calamity; Painesville just got ambitious just before historical rehab credits saved many other historic core business districts in other Western Reserve cities):

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=28418.0

Reply 29 above has a great shot of the Parmly Hotel's W. Main St. frontage with Public Square in the background. Note all of the street-level retail outlets.

You can see pictures of the disastrously designed New Market Mall (apparently now called Victoria Place) here:

http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-ge...m_s4YZA8Qg.jpg'

http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-ge...Mo7PqJPNkY.jpg'

For some reason, pedestrians visiting New Market Mall (Victoria Place) are required to go up a flight of steps, or down a sunken stair well to access the building from street level. Those 19th century architects, who just assumed that street level access was a necessity, knew what they were doing. Could you imagine what a flop Easton Town Center in Columbus, or Crocker Park or Legacy Village in Greater Cleveland would be if they were designed like this.

"One Potato, Two Potato" actually scandalized Painesville because it considered itself much more progressive than the city depicted in the film.

The movie's screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, and Barbara Barrie won best actress for her role in the move at the Cannes Film Festival.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Potato,_Two_Potato
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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That's some incredible history of Pville WRNative. Tragic that it worked out that way. I enjoy the square as it exists now but hope that something will be done to improve vibrancy even more at some point. That movie looks interesting I will have to watch at some point, and good point about the general progressiveness of residents.

I don't know that Public Square will match some of the others around town, but I know for a fact it will be night and day better than what it was.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:45 AM
 
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That's some incredible history of Pville WRNative. Tragic that it worked out that way. I enjoy the square as it exists now but hope that something will be done to improve vibrancy even more at some point. That movie looks interesting I will have to watch at some point, and good point about the general progressiveness of residents.

I don't know that Public Square will match some of the others around town, but I know for a fact it will be night and day better than what it was.
Clevelander, I greatly wrote post 23 for you, given your connections with the area.

"One Potato, Two Potato" today is very dated, even though it was reflective of prejudices in much of the U.S. when it was filmed. For locals, especially the elderly, many of the scenes are very nostalgic.

Painesville's urban renewal might have worked if its architects had been astute and created something like Crocker Park instead of a bizarre, fortress-like structure.
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Old 08-22-2015, 09:27 AM
 
Location: livin' the good life
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My recollection is that Painesville square was a dump when I lived nearby in Concord in the 80s, odds are its gotten worse..
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Old 08-22-2015, 11:55 AM
 
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My recollection is that Painesville square was a dump when I lived nearby in Concord in the 80s, odds are its gotten worse..
No, it's actually better due to a repurposing of the old Carlisle's department store building, and it was never a "dump" (some persons are just very free with exaggerated and ridiculous opinions) as it has several historical structures that are well maintained as well as Veterans Park. It's the center of Lake County government, with both the county court house and county administration building located on the square.

Panoramio - Photo of Lake County Ohio Courthouse thru the Square

Bowen: Richard L. Bowen & Associates Inc. > Projects > Government >Lake County Court House Expansion

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6220/6...1c11efea_b.jpg

I've never seen an article about its architectural merits, but the Methodist Church in Painesville on the square is a wonderful piece of architecture IMO with a great sanctuary.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method...of_Painesville

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...ist_Church.jpg

Towering testaments to history

Although ignored by most, the Lake County Courthouse eagle and statues of Cain and Abel are among the best that I've seen on any Ohio county courthouse.

Panoramio - Photo of Lake County Courthouse - Painesville, Ohio

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/70791025363086059/

OOSI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:M...n_%26_Abel.jpg

OOSI

OOSI

This old Cleveland Trust bank building, once one of the largest branches of what now is KeyCorp, is now the county administration building on the square.

http://media.news-herald.com/2014/06...ainesville/#10

There are other pictures of it here. It's located on the east end of the square, across Main St. from the Victoria Place redevelopment, pictures of which also are here, as well as the redeveloped Carlisle department store building into law offices and street level shopping, including a Subway franchise (see picture below).

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=13930.0

Painesville City Hall, located on the west end of the square and built in 1840, was the original county courthouse. For several decades, the city hall's copper dome has been chemically treated so it doesn't form the normal green patina characteristic of copper domes. I haven't seen that anywhere else for some reason.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~oh...tyHallSueB.jpg

The problem with the square in Painesville is that street-level commercial activity is now negligible due to architectural blunders described in earlier posts.

There are many events in Veterans Park that draw large crowds.

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Old 08-29-2015, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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My recollection is that Painesville square was a dump when I lived nearby in Concord in the 80s, odds are its gotten worse..
And you'd be tragically wrong! The park was never a dump, anyway ...
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Old 08-29-2015, 07:29 AM
 
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No, it's actually better due to a repurposing of the old Carlisle's department store building, and it was never a "dump" (some persons are just very free with exaggerated and ridiculous opinions) as it has several historical structures that are well maintained as well as Veterans Park. It's the center of Lake County government, with both the county court house and county administration building located on the square.

Panoramio - Photo of Lake County Ohio Courthouse thru the Square

Bowen: Richard L. Bowen & Associates Inc. > Projects > Government >Lake County Court House Expansion

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6220/6...1c11efea_b.jpg

I've never seen an article about its architectural merits, but the Methodist Church in Painesville on the square is a wonderful piece of architecture IMO with a great sanctuary.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method...of_Painesville

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...ist_Church.jpg

Towering testaments to history

Although ignored by most, the Lake County Courthouse eagle and statues of Cain and Abel are among the best that I've seen on any Ohio county courthouse.

Panoramio - Photo of Lake County Courthouse - Painesville, Ohio

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/70791025363086059/

OOSI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:M...n_%26_Abel.jpg

OOSI

OOSI

This old Cleveland Trust bank building, once one of the largest branches of what now is KeyCorp, is now the county administration building on the square.

Photos: A Look Back at Painesville - News-Herald

There are other pictures of it here. It's located on the east end of the square, across Main St. from the Victoria Place redevelopment, pictures of which also are here, as well as the redeveloped Carlisle department store building into law offices and street level shopping, including a Subway franchise (see picture below).

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=13930.0

Painesville City Hall, located on the west end of the square and built in 1840, was the original county courthouse. For several decades, the city hall's copper dome has been chemically treated so it doesn't form the normal green patina characteristic of copper domes. I haven't seen that anywhere else for some reason.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~oh...tyHallSueB.jpg

The problem with the square in Painesville is that street-level commercial activity is now negligible due to architectural blunders described in earlier posts.

There are many events in Veterans Park that draw large crowds.
Here's a photo of the large stained glass window that fills most of the south end of the Painesville United Methodist Church sanctuary, described in the "Towering testaments to history" article linked above.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3261/3...6c9b9c559b.jpg
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:21 PM
 
Location: livin' the good life
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Here's a photo of the large stained glass window that fills most of the south end of the Painesville United Methodist Church sanctuary, described in the "Towering testaments to history" article linked above.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3261/3...6c9b9c559b.jpg
Boasting so much on P'ville, you gotta be a resident, no?
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