benmorales This evening I had the pleasure of sharing my new Five Points Rephotography series with an amazing audience at this location, the West Toledo Branch Library. Thanks so much to everyone who came to see me talk about my passions of photography and history. Your interest and support mean so much to me and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity. I’ll be posting the entire series on here over the coming weeks.
#FivePointsToledo (2 of 8): The West Toledo Branch Library was built in 1930 in a middle class neighborhood on Sylvania Avenue. The Tudor-style library was designed by architects Gerow and Conklin to look like a small English manor house with a large leaded glass window and gables in an irregular rambling shape. The interior exhibited a hammer-beam roof hung with lanterns, lots of gothic arches, cozy window seats, and an interesting carved wooden screen creating a separate alcove by the large fireplace. From 1923 up until its construction, the library had rented space nearby and upon opening had a collection of 20,235 books and a first year circulation of 192,702. With a series of modern recent renovations, this gorgeous library looks and functions better than ever but still maintains its historic essence. It’s a beautiful place and I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t. It was great hearing that some of you have been visiting this library since childhood. I hope that even in this increasingly digital age, beautiful libraries like this will thrive as centers of knowledge and community interaction.
The historic photo shown was taken around 1937 and is courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. This is part of my #toledorephotography series, displaying historic images of Toledo photographed again in the present day at the exact same location. Hope you enjoy!
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  •   toledo_insta_grammie_carolyn Your presentation was great tonight. I'm so glad that there were so many there to appreciate all the hard work that went into it. Your book sounds exciting, and I can't wait to get my signed copy. 18h
  •   toledotom @benmorales again, great job last night! It was a great presentation and it was awesome to see the turnout you had!! 12h
  •   jennstucker Way to go Ben. Sounds like it was an awesome night! 12h
  •   shutterbugheather Well done last night! 10h
  •   aliciadug Love this! This is the library I grew up riding my bike to Wish I could have attended! 10h
  •   russellm_nyc Cool shot 9h
  •   musicxmeyer Would love to know if you took any of Augsburg next door 8h

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benmorales God is in the details. 2d

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benmorales All the trees of the field will clap their hands. 3d

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benmorales ***Come join me this Wednesday @ 6pm at the West Toledo Branch Library where I'll talk about my #toledorephotography project and reveal 8 new photos of Toledo's Five Points neighborhood. Hope to see you there! 3d
  •   benmorales @tobishinobi Thanks man! 2d
  •   benmorales @toledosattic Always appreciated Arjun! Hope you can make it 2d
  •   tonydetroit It just let me like it. But for the past 2 months or so, I cannot like your pic when I see it in my feed. 2d
  •   stephanielongacre Hey, I'm sorry I didn't get to tell you in person at this event that I really enjoyed your presentation. I think your work is great and it was nice to hear you talk about it and to see your new photos of my old neighborhood. 22h
  •   benmorales @stephanielongacre Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for coming 22h
  •   eleaza.risher @benmorales Tonight's presentation was great! Thanks heaps for diggin up all the treasures about our hood 21h
  •   benmorales @eleaza.risher Thank you so much! It was a pleasure learning and sharing about the area 19h

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benmorales Frozen paths. 5d

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benmorales Your own worst enemy. 6d

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benmorales Paint the town. 7d

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benmorales "There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast." -Charles Dickens #emptyTMA 1w

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benmorales Hey everyone! Thank you so much for following along with my #ToledoRephotography project. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 3 years since I made my first post, with no idea it would be so well received and lead to so many amazing opportunities. If you’ve enjoyed the series and live in the area, next week you should join me at the West Toledo Branch Library where I’ll be unveiling 8 new photos focusing on Toledo’s Five Points neighborhood. Including this beautiful shot of Phillips Avenue taken around 1900. It should be a good time and I would love to meet you and geek out a little about history! So stop by Wednesday, January 28 at 6:00pm. Click the link in my bio for more info. Thanks! 1w

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benmorales On point. 1w

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benmorales Arcade fire. 2w

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benmorales Partners in grime. 2w

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benmorales Winter wind. 2w

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benmorales Goodbye Sky Harbor. 2w

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benmorales The weight of the world. #emptytma 2w

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benmorales Glass and steel. 3w

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benmorales It was cool meeting up with a few friends today and making a couple new ones, even in 8 degree weather. @eastlyn_ & @joshua.lee_ are a rad pair that I look forward to crossing paths with in the future. Great meeting you guys! 3w

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