benmorales Depth of Feel. 1d

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benmorales The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow. 2d

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benmorales Architecture as an organism. 4d

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benmorales QUICK PLUG: If you're looking for something fun to do in Toledo this Saturday, @AIGAtoledo (a design organization I'm involved with) is hosting a cool exhibition featuring movie poster designs by both local and international artists (including yours truly). There will be food, music, drinks and of course lots of amazing artwork celebrating our favorite iconic movies titles. It all happens Saturday, Sept. 20 6:30 to 10, at the Secor Buiding (425 Jefferson Ave). $10 cover ($5 if ordered in advance). Visit toledo.aiga.org for more details. Hope to see you there! 4d

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benmorales Desperately holding on to the last signs of summer 5d

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benmorales Tunnel vision. 6d

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benmorales Had an awesome time the other day snapping shots for @jupmode, a great local apparel company. #youwilldobetterintoledo 1w

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benmorales Rivers of gold 1w

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benmorales "This is the way the world ends.
Not with a bang but a whimper."
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benmorales "Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place." -rumi 1w

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benmorales Live Free. 2w

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benmorales Burt’s Theatre, at the corner of Jefferson and Ontario in downtown Toledo, was built in 1897–1898. At the time, it seated 1,564 people in the theatre area and also had a ladies parlor and gentleman’s smoking room. Architect George Mills designed it based on a 15th-century Venetian palace, including ornate Gothic balconies and window tracery, a gargoyle, and gorgeous patterned brickwork. In the early 1900’s you could go to one of Burt’s daily showings featuring fantastic melodramatic tales of heroes, villains, and damsels in distress. Unfortunately after only 15 years, they had to close as the rise of motion pictures began to make such places obsolete. In the 100 years that followed, I’m sure the building has been commercially owned by many, although it seems none have made it a permanent home. In the early 2000’s it was occupied by a local drag bar called Caesar’s, which closed in 2010. But the building’s biggest claim to fame is in 1977 it is supposedly where the song “Lucille” (popularized by Kenny Rogers) was written. The songwriter wrote the song while at the bar that was there at the time, while waiting for a bus at the Greyhound station across the street. The lyrics begin “In a bar in Toledo, across from the depot”. I love this building. When you notice it for the first time, you have to do a double-take because the remarkable architectural details are both striking and out of place in this setting. For years I had no idea what the building could have been, but while casually snapping a few photos one day, a man approached me and explained it was once a beautiful theater before the days of motion pictures. He also told me Kenny Rogers wrote a song there, but I thought surely he was pulling my leg. I’m not sure if there are currently any occupants, but recently they did a wonderful job cleaning the historic facade and restoring its beauty. I would have loved to have seen a performance there in its glory days. In the photo shown, barely visible you can see a few well-dressed young men next to a large poster. Have you had any experiences or impressions of this location? I’d love to hear your story. 2w

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benmorales Beautiful decay. 2w

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benmorales Everything is Illuminated 2w

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benmorales "Well the light was rust, and the cold was in our knees, and our breath poured out over golden fields..." 2w

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benmorales "So, if a city has a personality, maybe it has a soul. Maybe it dreams." -Neil Gaiman
#toledovschicago
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benmorales The golden hour 3w

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