Emery Theater Virtual Tour

Emery Theater

The Emery Auditorium was the home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1912 until 1936 when they moved to Music Hall. The acoustics of the auditorium has been compared to Carnegie Hall in NYC by the famous conductor Leopold Stokowski. Many world famous performing artists have appeared here. The Emery has been neglected for many years but there is an effort currently underway to restore and renovate this great theater.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

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Basilica of St. Francis, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Catholic faith came to New Mexico with the Franciscans in 1598. The city of Santa Fe was founded in 1610 and the original church was built in that same year. This church was built in 1886. Of special interest is the La Conquistadora Chapel which is largely made from the remains of the church which was built in 1714 after the original building was destroyed in the Indian Revolt of 1680. It also contains a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary brought to Santa Fe in 1626.

The Cincinnati Observatory

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16" Alvan Clark Telescope

The Cincinnati Observatory is known as the “Birthplace of American Astronomy.” The 12″ Merz and Mahler Telescope was the second largest telescope in the world when it became operational in 1845, it is still in use today. The Cincinnati Observatory was the United State’s first public observatory with the original building’s cornerstone being set by President John Quincy Adams in 1843.

Abandoned Bridge – Cedar Grove, Indiana v2

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Abandoned Bridge

I have previously produced a panorama of this bridge but went back as it is a great subject to photograph. The reason was for a test of some new equipment to allow me to get some new interesting perspectives of my subjects. The test results are even better than I imagined and I am looking forward to further explorations with these techniques.

Fairview Park Steps

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Lots of Steps

Cincinnati, on the banks of the Ohio River, sets in a valley and is surrounded by hills. There are several sets of long stairways around town, some still maintained, a lot have disintegrated. These date from the earlier days of the city before car travel was practical. This was how people got up to the “new” neighborhoods up on the hills. Here is one of the longer sets, part maintained, part disintegrated. The bottom part is still maintained and has about 200 steps from W McMicken Ave up to Fairview Park Rd, across Fairview the steps used to continue up to Warner St. This set is now closed and decaying. See panos of both sets by clicking the image above.

St. Mark’s Catholic Church

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St. Mark's Church

St. Mark’s Church in Cincinnati, Ohio was recently shut down and the community merged with a few other small parish communities at another location. It is currently being utilized by a group that hopes to be able to restore the church for use as a dedicated parish centered on the traditional latin liturgy. Click on the above image to take a virtual tour through St. Mark’s Church via 10 different interactive panoramas.

Fausto Ferrari Barber Shop

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Fausto Ferrari

Fausto has been working in his downtown Cincinnati, Ohio shop since 1957. I thought it was interesting that there were still banners from his 50th anniversary year in 2007, 4 years ago. He is also an accomplished musician with skills in playing the accordion, mandolin, guitar and clarinet. He is rather comfortable in front of the camera as over the years numerous newspaper and TV stories have featured him and his shop.

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day 2011

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Cincinnati Reds 2011 Opening Day

This years opening day featured the usual Findlay Market Parade and other festivities the likes that only an opening day in Cincinnati can bring. The weather was a little on the cool side but not so much that it dampened spirits. The Reds however were very cool, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers the whole game until the bottom of the ninth inning when Ramon Hernandez hit a walk off two-out, three-run homer, giving a 7-6 win to the Cincinnati Reds and capping off another exciting opening day in Cincinnati.

MAM – Milwaukee Art Museum

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Milwaukee Art Museum

This very striking building has become a symbol for the city of Milwaukee. The movable, “briese soleil” or sun-shade look like giant gull wings which actually fold down at night or during inclement weather. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Quadracci Pavilion received in the 2004 Outstanding Structure Award from the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.