In honor of Halloween, we’re asking you to join us in a look behind closed doors in downtown Mansfield. These ghosts of the city’a past could be a vital part of an exciting future with some attention and investment.

In 2012, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. joined statewide organization Preservation Ohio in hosting the Forbidden City Tour. On a warm June afternoon, several downtown buildings, rarely open to the public, were available for tours. Hundreds attended.

Tour participants that day included a contributor to the Abandoned blog, Sherman Cahal. Cahal took the his camera along for the occasion and captured several interesting views of several buildings. On his return, he posted several of those views in a blog post entitled, “Forbidden City Tour: Above City News, Eagles Building, Mansfield Savings Bank, ” including short narratives of each of those structures. Since that time, he has returned and the Abandoned blog has also included interior photos of other historic Mansfield buildings.

We are happy to share links to those wonderful photo essays. On this page is a photo of another downtown building featured on that tour, located on East Fourth Street between Main and Diamond. Those links are below; be sure to click on individual photos for a larger view.

Mansfield Savings Bank

Above City News, Eagles Building, Mansfield Savings Bank

Ohio State Reformatory

Eagles Lodge No. 336

98 North Main Street

Charles Schroer Mortuary (pre-Phoenix Brewing Company) #1

Charles Schroer Mortuary (pre and post-Phoenix Brewing Company) #2

City Mills


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