Cleveland Architecture – Peter B. Lewis Building

It’s been over a year since I’ve traveled anywhere to make photos. So, I decided it was time for a little roadtrip. The impetus for it was an exhibit at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh for a Luftwerk installation. Hands down this is the craziest museum I’ve ever been to! Some exceptional artists and some truly odd and haunting things.

But let’s get back to the matter at hand, the photos. Since Cleveland is basically on the way I decided to stop there first. There is, after all, a Gehry building I have yet to photograph! I feel like I should make photographing every Gehry building a project, at least in the US, though I’d happily travel worldwide to do it! He’s definitely a favorite.

I’ll be breaking up the roadtrip pics into multiple posts, there are too many! And Gehry’s Peter B. Lewis Building on the Case Western Reserve University is getting its own post. Once again, I’m back to forgetting to shoot it wide. Hope you’re up for enjoying just the details.

There’s a great combo of orange brick and his signature curvy stainless steel panels, which makes for some nice textural and color contrasts.

Now for some even more detailed black & white shots of what I’d consider an awning.

One of my favorite shots from the day. Love the curves and the layers and differing patterns. You saw it in color earlier in the post, but I think I prefer it in black & white so the focus can be on those layers, patterns and textures.

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These two are another favorite, just can’t decide between color & black and white.

More curvy layers.

This detail is another favorite. Always love contrasts and the combo of curves and sharper, geometric shapes work well together.

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Now for a few of the building’s contrasting textures.

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Another favorite from the ground shooting (a few drone shots coming soon!). I arrived late afternoon so the light was lower and softer. I like the moody contrast in the way the light was hitting various parts of the structure.

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peter b lewis building, cleveland architecture, abstract architecture

For the drone shots, I really wanted to get close to the building’s roof. However, I still feel pretty timid when flying this thing close to anything so it was a challenge. I didn’t like many of my shots from the drone. But here are a few that were cropped a bit to make them slightly more abstract.

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And, one slightly wider shot from above that I liked. I really feel like with the drone shots you notice the ribbon-like nature of the roof. So much fun!

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In the park area to the side of this building is a sculpture by Philip Johnson called Turning Point. I did attempt some wider shots but didn’t really like them. But here are a few that are abstracted.

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If you’d like to see all the shots from here, because there are many more, click here. And, stay tuned for more from Cleveland and eventually Pittsburgh!

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