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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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Landmarks of Mansfield: Kingwood

4 Mar , 2018  

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: 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: Hancock and Dow Building

17 Jan , 2018  

The imposing, three story Hancock and Dow Building was constructed in 1887 at 21 East Fourth Street.

The building bears the name of a stone masonry contracting business that stood at the forefront of such firms in north central Ohio in the latter half of the 19th century. It was a partnership established by two enterprising Mansfielders, Robert Greenway Hancock and William Dow, both of whom were immigrants from the British Isles almost twenty years earlier. 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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Landmarks of Mansfield: Mechanics Bank Building

17 Dec , 2017  

The Mechanics Bank Building, recently restored and expanded on the corner of South Main Street and Park Avenue West, is a landmark that has occupied an important corner in Mansfield history since its construction in 1926.

In the early years of the city, that corner was occupied by a two story brick residence owned by Robert Bowland. Bowland’s son was involved in one of the most notorious crimes in early Richladn County history More…


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Landmarks Of Mansfield: Reed’s Building

30 Nov , 2017  

On a couple of occasions during the 28 previous entries in our “Landmarks of Mansfield” series, we have referred to a particular building as a “survivor.”

That description could certainly be used for the structure we focus on today. Downtown Mansfield has seen several department stores come and go, but only a couple of their former homes remain. One is a Civil War era building that once housed the city’s home-grown dry goods retailer still stands sentinel over the Square and Central Park. More…

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Landmarks of Mansfield: The Civil War Monument in South Park

21 Nov , 2017  

It stands sentinel near the entrance of South Park, just as it has for the last 108 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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Landmarks of Mansfield: The Farmers Bank Building

7 Nov , 2017  

It rises some 157 feet above the pavement of Park Avenue West, a 53,000 square foot structure that speaks to the optimism and economic health of early 20th century Mansfield.

The Farmers Bank Building was constructed in 1929. In that decade and the one following, many Midwestern cities saw the building of Classical and Art Deco skyscrapers, many of which, like the Farmers Bank Building, remain the tallest in their respective communities. Each provided a dramatic refutation that its city was a “backwater,” instead proclaiming that it had “arrived” in the modern world. More…


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Landmarks of Mansfield: Walpark Building

25 Oct , 2017  

The Walpark Building at 13 Park Avenue West occupies a unique location in the history of Mansfield.

In 1858, the City of Mansfield – which had become a city from a village just a year earlier – erected a City Hall and market building at the southeast corner of Market (now Park Avenue West) and Walnut Streets. The lot was purchased for $1,500 (an amount which the City actually had to borrow), and the structure cost some $10,000 to construct. More…

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