History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Grace Gospel Tabernacle

17 Oct , 2017  

Mansfielders of today might not recognize the original name of this familiar building, itself nearing its 100th birthday.

On Sunday, October 10, 1920, the Grace Gospel Tabernacle was dedicated at 95 East Third Street in downtown Mansfield. The congregation, which had been founded just four years previously, was enthusiastic about their new building — which was already a bit snug. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: Grace Episcopal Church

11 Oct , 2017  

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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Landmarks of Mansfield: The Dr. James W. Craig House

5 Oct , 2017  

The Dr. James W. Craig House, now home of the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, is a proud survivor of late Victorian Mansfield.

The house was constructed in 1890 as a home and office for Dr. Craig and his family. At the time, Mulberry Street was the location of choice for physician and surgeon offices. Craig had purchased the property in 1885 for $15,000. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Entrance To South Park

1 Oct , 2017  

The stately columned entrance to South Park tells two stories.

First is the love that late nineteenth and early twentieth century Mansfielders obviously had for parks and nature. After the Civil War, local citizens, like their counterparts across the country, sought respite from the grit and grime of city streets in bucolic settings. Before 1890, the city was benefited through the donation farmland for the purpose of establishing a municipal park. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Fraser House

24 Sep , 2017  

On a fall evening in 2016, the setting sun cast a golden glow on western facing buildings in Mansfield. Included among those was the Alexander Fraser House, sitting as it does on a rise on Park Avenue West overlooking the entrance to South Park (see photo above).

Fraser was the owner of a granite manufacturer and wholesaler which bore his name. Before building the Park Avenue West house, the family resided at 202 South Diamond Street. He was born about 1860 in Kincardinshire, Scotland, and learned the granite and marble business in Aberdeen. Fraser then emigrated to the United States about 1889 with his wife, Maria. More…

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Landmarks of Mansfield: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

18 Sep , 2017  

NOTE: In honor of Sunday’s service commemorating the 100th anniversary of its landmark building, we are again sharing this Landmarks of Mansfield post we shared this past April.

For the last 100 years, the 125 feet high towers of the landmark St. Peter’s Catholic Church have themselves done double duty, standing sentinel over the central part of Mansfield while at the same time encouraging passers-by to look in a heavenly direction.

The 1889 church and current St. Peter’s, shortly after the latters’s construction

The building sits near an intersection that has been home to a Catholic church and school for almost seventeen decades. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Fifth And Walnut

6 Sep , 2017  

The vintage brick residence in downtown Mansfield is officially known as 159 North Walnut Street. Many locals, however, know it as the house at “The Corner of Fifth and Walnut,” the name of author M. Eileen Levinson’s autobiographical work profiling her childhood there in the 1920s and 1930s. More…

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Landmarks of Mansfield: Vasbinder Fountain

12 Aug , 2017  

It sits now as it originally did, anchoring Central Park and providing a pleasant oasis of sight and sound.

The Vasbinder Fountain is certainly a Mansfield landmark of the first order. Dedicated on July 4, 1881, it was removed in the late 1950s during the creation of the then-controversial Park Avenue cut-through, and after storage and a temporary placement at Malabar Farm, it was returned to Central Park in 1979.

As a commemorative plate shares, the fountain was donated by David and Jane Vasbinder. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: 188 South Diamond Street

20 Jul , 2017  

The brick house at 188 South Diamond Street, which occupies the northwest corner of Diamond and Flint Streets, is an important survivor in a neighborhood which has lost much of its historic fabric.

It is also a structure closely tied to an important figure in Mansfield’s architectural history. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: First English Lutheran Church

6 Jul , 2017  

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. A survivor, as it remains one of the only remaining large downtown churches that actually houses its original congregation.

In 1831, the year that 26 year old Rev. Francis Ruth began his time church planting in Ohio, there were only six known Lutherans living in Mansfield. By the next year, they had formed their own congregation, which they called First Lutheran Church. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: The May Building

25 Jun , 2017  

By the time that the May Building was constructed on the southeast corner of South Main and South Park Streets, facing Central Park, the name “May” had been known by Mansfielders for some 90 years. More…

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Landmarks of Mansfield: The Richland Trust Building

11 Jun , 2017  

It was undoubtedly an interesting time for Directors of the new Richland Trust Company when, on November 2, 1929, they opened their monumental eight-story headquarters at the corner of North Main and Park Avenue West. Just the week before, the infamous Black Tuesday had seen the New York Stock Exchange lose 12% of its value in one day.

In Mansfield, however, the same period saw the completion of a nine-month project to give a newly merged bank a glistening new building. More…

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