UNIVERSITY DISTRICT PHOTO ALBUM- Images of our neighborhood from the past 150 years: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

August 1, 2017- Couple enjoys Date Night at the 164th Ohio State Fair.

Seen in a dumpster pile during Student Moveout 2017. This poster of a 1997 photo from an ad to promote Pink Floyd's back catalog (Get it?) is Dude Bro Poster #1 and probably hangs in a third of the student residences in the University District.

132 E. Fifth Ave is a three-story brick building at the busy corner of E. 5th Ave. and Summit St. It was built in 1919. (No idea why the uppermost 5 feet is a slightly different color brick than the rest of the building.) Over the past 93 years, the ground floor has typically housed restaurants and bars while the upper two stories have been apartments. On the west (Summit St.) side of the building is a stairway leading down to a basement space that was a barber shop for many decades.

Little trace remains of any of the businesses that have called this spot home–except for the barber shop. At the top of the stairs is old, faded text advertising a “10¢ Shoe Shine.” Back in the day, a shoeshine was part of the service at any good barbershop. Last barber to occupy the spot was James Malloy back in the mid-1940s so the sign is at least 65 years old.

Distinctive artwork on the wall at Summit St. dive bar and live music venue Bourbon St. Lights seem to be connected to the jukebox but maybe that's the Jägermeister talking.

Souvlaki Palace, 1918 N. High St, c. 1998. George Psyhogios opened his popular restaurant in 1977. It was a campus landmark for 22 years until it was forced to close in 1999 to make way for a Steak n Shake franchise. Site is currently part of the Wellington development.

September 3, 2017- Urban Meyer standee in window of E. 12th Ave. apartment. Urban's #3 ranked Buckeyes kicked off the 2017 season last Thursday night with the annual drubbing of Indiana. This was Ohio State's 22nd consecutive defeat of the Hoosiers and the 73rd Buckeye win in 90 meetings.

This Indianola Ave. bungalow was the home of Sam Levinger, a University District resident since childhood and an Ohio State student in the 1930s. Levinger was a Socialist from a young age and battled in many organized labor struggles. In 1937, 20-year-old Levinger joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and traveled to Spain to fight the Fascists. He was killed in action in September 1937. Comrades at Ohio State held fundraisers and bought an ambulance for the Republican forces in his honor. He is the subject of a new book Love and Revolutionary Greetings: An Ohio Boy in the Spanish Civil War by Laurie Levinger.

A little south of the University District this week. This is Neil Ave. just north of Wilber looking south. Circa 1908. Most of these houses are still there. Neil Ave in the neighborhood looked a lot like this before they built all those godawful apartment buildings in the 1960s and 70s.

Grotto 1989

Two beauties posing by The Grotto at Mirror Lake in the summer of 1989. Last week, the 121-year-old Grotto ceased to be. Crews dismantled it as a part of the renovations underway in Mirror Lake Hollow. The new Mirror Lake will be greener and more natural with less concrete. The lake will return to its larger early 20th Century dimensions and again have islands. The Grotto will not return however. A new structure bridging The Oval and the lake will take its place.


October 2- Mural introducing a new brand of frozen pizza to The Buckeye State on the side of old Hudson Theater.