This ghost sign for Frank Morrison & Son Company is located in Cleveland at 1330 Old River Rd., on the very edge of the Warehouse District, next to Settlers Landing Park and the Cuyahoga River.
As you can see, the company sold and repaired navigational equipment at this location.
According to this excellent source, the building, originally the Central Exchange, dates back to 1850 and is an example of the first commercial architecture in Cleveland. Its corner is a pretty curve.
This was my first visit to Cleveland, and I decided to walk as much as possible to get a sense of how the city’s unique topography affected its development. Starting downtown, I walked past the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the sports stadiums, and through the Warehouse District that’s now filled with lofts, bars and bistros. Walking downhill, I walked through Settlers Landing Park along the riverfront, and through The Flats, past strip clubs, auto repair shops and remaining industry.
Crossing a draw bridge over the Cuyahoga River put me in Ohio City on Cleveland’s West Side, not far from the West Side Market. It would have been quicker to take the train, but I would have missed all the interesting architecture and ghost signs along the way.