Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: First English Lutheran Church

26 May , 2018  

NOTE: In celebration of those local faith communities for which this is a highly significant weekend, 1812Blockhouse is re-showcasing three Mansfield church buildings today which have been the subject of posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield series.

First English Lutheran Church is a stunning survivor.

Stunning, as the structure at 53 Park Avenue West was built at a time when Victorian opulence was at its peak, and no expense was spared in its construction. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Civil War Monument in South Park

12 May , 2018  

It stands sentinel near the entrance of South Park, just as it has for the last 110 years. Erected in 1908, the Civil War Monument is 27 years newer than its counterpart in Central Park downtown.

Like its cousin, this statue was given in memory of deceased veterans of the Civil War. While the downtown monument was donated by an individual, however, the South Park statue was a gift from veterans of the 120th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Doctor Ecki House

29 Apr , 2018  

It still sits perched on a rise on the south side of Park Avenue West as the street makes its way westward from the five way intersection. It’s truly hard to miss, as it is a massive structure, clearly designed to make a statement to passersby.

In April of 2018, however, the statement the house is making is more about the precarious situation in which much of Mansfield’s remaining history finds itself. The last several years have seen scores of unique survivors of the city’s nineteenth and early twentieth century past lost to demolition. Fortunately, the Dr. Ecki House joins others on Park Avenue West that hold on valiantly, defying the odds. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Kingwood

20 Apr , 2018  

REPOSTED. This look at Kingwood, the house at Kingwood Center Gardens, has been re-posted in honor of the house’s opening tomorrow for the 2018 season.

In 1926, a bit of France landed in the middle of north central Ohio in the form of Kingwood, the home of Charles Kelley King. Ninety years-plus later, it forms the centerpiece for one of the region’s foremost attractions and one of the best-known public gardens in the entire Midwest. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Old Post Office

15 Apr , 2018  

Mansfield has lost much in the way of civic architecture, including its Victorian era courthouse and two former City Halls. The first building specifically built to serve the community as a post office continues to stand to this day, however, over 100 years after it opened to the public.

The city’s first center for mail delivery was said to have been a hollow log located near the intersection of Third and North Main. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: Grace Episcopal Church

1 Apr , 2018  

NOTE: In celebration of those local faith communities for which this is a highly significant weekend, 1812Blockhouse is re-showcasing three Mansfield church buildings today which have been the subject of posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield series.

The stately building on the southwest corner of Third and Bowman Streets near downtown represents a 171 year history of the Episcopal Church in Mansfield.

Established in 1846, the same year that brought railroads to town, Grace Episcopal Church’s first parishioners included members of the Bartley and Sherman families. Two years later, its first church building was constructed on Third Street just east of Mulberry. More…

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History & Tourism

Easter Sunday To Feature Historic Churches On 1812Blockhouse

31 Mar , 2018  

In celebration of those local faith communities for which this is a highly significant weekend, 1812Blockhouse will be re-showcasing three Mansfield church buildings which have been the subject of posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield series.

We will be resuming our regular publication cycle first thing on Monday morning.

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: St. Matthew Lutheran Church

5 Mar , 2018  

This might be the first time we have posted about a Landmark of Mansfield that is currently for sale.

Such is the case with the beautiful St. Matthew Lutheran Church, which has set at the corner of Penn Avenue and Sherman Place since it opened its doors in 1917. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

11 Feb , 2018  

In this series, we have talked about survivors, local landmarks that have both stood the test of time and avoided both accidental loss and the all too common wrecking ball.

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, Park Avenue West’s Grand Old Lady, is both a local and statewide survivor. Since it opened in 1889, it has served veterans and the community well. Today it houses an extraordinary museum , provides character and dignity to Mansfield’s principal thoroughfare, and is a remarkable connection to what is arguably the most important conflict in American history. More…

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Landmarks of Mansfield: The Women’s Club Building

28 Jan , 2018  

There are a handful of structures standing in Mansfield today that very much “connect the dots.” These buildings tie important eras in the city’s history together, serving therefore as important landmarks that continue to inform and inspire.

One such building sits at 145 Park Avenue West, known locally as The Women’s Club. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield And Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: The Ohio Theatre

2 Jan , 2018  

In a bit over two weeks, our friends at the Renaissance Theatre are hosting a series of events commemorating the 90th birthday of Mansfield’s movie palace, the original Ohio Theatre, and current performing arts center.

In honor of that anniversary, we are happy to share a special joint post in our “Landmarks Of Mansfield” and “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series that centers on that iconic building in downtown Mansfield as it was when it opened in 1928. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Rigby House

23 Dec , 2017  

One of the many outstanding houses built along Park Avenue West was constructed for a family associated with, of all things, cigars.

Cigar manufacturing and wholesaling was big business in turn of the last century Mansfield. Large companies such as the American Cigar Company occupied large business blocks downtown. The arrival of mass produced cigarettes after World War brought a downturn, however, and by the 1930s few such businesses were in operation.

One of the giants during of the heyday of cigar manufacture was the Rigby Cigar Company, headed by James Authur Rigby (known primarily as J.A. Rigby). Rigby brands included the well-known “Dolly Dollar” five cent cigar. More…

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