September 27, 2020

38 Mash-Up Photographs Combining Cleveland's Past and Present

Steve Kocevar is a Cleveland-based artist known for his awesome mashups of pictures of Cleveland from the early 20th century and now.

Kocevar told Scene, "I’m fascinated by standing on the same spot of an old photo, knowing previous generations stood there with a different view, and worldview, than our own. I’m not about being nostalgic, I’m just having fun bridging those views in an artistic and (hopefully) entertaining way."

You can find his prints at stevekocevar.com and follow him on Instagram @SharkyFin5 and Twitter @SharkyFin5.

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 1860/2018 - Ghosts of Erie Street Cemetery

1860/2018 - Ghosts of Erie Street Cemetery

 1865/2017 - Remains of Abraham Lincoln in Public Square, Two Weeks After Assassination

1865/2017 - Remains of Abraham Lincoln in Public Square, Two Weeks After Assassination

 1869/2019 - Original Cleveland Public Library  Location in the Northrop & Harrington’s Block on Superior Avenue near Public Square (now the Site of the Renaissance Hotel)

1869/2019 - Original Cleveland Public Library Location in the Northrop & Harrington’s Block on Superior Avenue near Public Square (now the Site of the Renaissance Hotel)

 1869/2019 - Public Square, 150 Years Apart (‘Then’  Painting by Allen Smith at the Cleveland History Center)

1869/2019 - Public Square, 150 Years Apart (‘Then’ Painting by Allen Smith at the Cleveland History Center)

 1870s/2017, Northwest Corner of Public Square, Old County Courthouse on the Far Left.

1870s/2017, Northwest Corner of Public Square, Old County Courthouse on the Far Left.

 1875/2017 - Academy of Music on Bank Street (now West 6th Street)

1875/2017 - Academy of Music on Bank Street (now West 6th Street)

 1875/2017 - Forest City House on the Southwest Corner of Public Square, Built as Dunham House in 1848, Demolished in 1916 to Make Way for Hotel Cleveland (Currently Renaissance Cleveland)

1875/2017 - Forest City House on the Southwest Corner of Public Square, Built as Dunham House in 1848, Demolished in 1916 to Make Way for Hotel Cleveland (Currently Renaissance Cleveland)

 1887/2016 - Society for Savings Building Under Construction on the North Side of Public Square

1887/2016 - Society for Savings Building Under Construction on the North Side of Public Square

 Early 1900s/2017 - Looking South Down Ontario Street From the Center of Public Square

Early 1900s/2017 - Looking South Down Ontario Street From the Center of Public Square

 Early 1900's/2019 - When City Hall was in the Case Block (right) on Superior Avenue where Cleveland Main Library now Stands

Early 1900's/2019 - When City Hall was in the Case Block (right) on Superior Avenue where Cleveland Main Library now Stands