Trimmings of the West Side Market

July 29th, 2012 Posted in Architecture, Ohio City, West Side


As many times as you’ve been to the West Side Market, have you ever noticed these before?


Cast reliefs on the tower doors


All of the decorative elements at the West Side Market are food related. These are the cast stone reliefs that flank most of the doors. Most of us just stroll right by them. Aren’t they fascinating?



Flowers, heads of animals, a cow or two, all sorts of vegetables and a soaring eagle all grace the Market’s exterior.



While the two, large cartouches on the east and west sides of the building were carved by Walter Sinz, we were unable to find any details about the cast reliefs’ creator. Perhaps when Laura Taxel’s new book, Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking, is published this fall, we’ll be able to learn a bit more.



If you’ve never been to the West Side Market, fair warning: bring your list of can’t-find-anywhere items and an empty trunk because they have every ingredient  you could possibly need in the kitchen.


These are under the small arch on the southeast end of the market.


Join us in the coming months for a look at more details of the West Side Market. Their Centennial Gala takes place on Saturday, November 3, 2012.

 P.S. October 20, 2012     So, yes indeed, Laura and Marilou’s book, Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking, did identify the creators of the many cast reliefs pictured above. Similar to Herman Matzen‘s white ceramic reliefs inside the market house, the lovely reliefs were cast by the firm of Fischer and Jirouch, one of the largest manufacturers of architectural plaster ornaments in the U.S. They are based in Cleveland, founded in 1902.

For lots more West Side Market info, run to the bookstore to purchase the book. It is amazingly detailed and a fascinating read.


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