Azzi & Wolf Fine Violins was located on the corner of Elm and West 14th Sts. in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, right across the street from Music Hall, home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
I took these photos a few years ago, thinking that they qualified as ghost signs though, when I asked a local violinist, I found out that the business was still open. Later, I saw the space getting cleared out, giving the signage ghost sign status. I held on to these old photos, waiting to see what would happen next.
Oddly, the above protruding sign is still intact. It’s a bit puzzling, but I’m glad it’s still there as a reminder of this former to-the-trade business. These signs are gone:
Azzi & Wolf Fine Violins is still on the wall, though the sign below it is gone now:
This awning was nothing special, but I happened to catch its removal just over two years ago:
Right now, this space is a temporary gallery for the lovely, haunting exhibit Vivian Maier: A Quiet Pursuit, which is part of this month’s Fotofocus Biennial. Here’s me looking at Vivian looking at me, using her selfie for my selfie:
I don’t know what’s next for this space, but the exhibit of Maier’s self-portraits and sneaky street portraits is well worth a look. It’s up through the end of October.
You know what should go in that space, because OTR is sorely lacking them is a trendy bar. With Edison bulbs and a rough sawed wood bar.
Yes! Also, craft cocktails in mason jars, small plates of artisanal pickles, hand-cut fries served in little galvanized steel buckets, and a hardcore logo laser-etched onto a piece of wood reclaimed during the build-out of the space.
The signs aren’t in such good shape today.
Yeah, these photos are a few years old.