History & Tourism

Architect’s House Placed On National Register; Scofield Had Important Ties To Mansfield

24 Apr , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

A description of the work of Cleveland architect Levi T. Scofield states that there are only ten standing examples of his work.

Two of those structures are right here in Mansfield.

Those working to preserve Scofield’s landmark mansion in Cleveland have just secured the house’s place on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official compendium of properties with significant architectural and/or historic significance. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Sacred Space Again: St. Matthew’s Is Coming Back To Life

15 Apr , 2020  

A truly amazing thing is currently happening at the corner of  Penn Avenue and Sherman Place in the Sherman’s Estate area of Mansfield. And, even in this time of intense uncertainty, something for which the future was anything but certain is now springing back to life and to a renewed sense of purpose.

When the former St. Matthew Lutheran Church was purchased earlier this year, it came into the hands of a family with a close connection to the story of both the building and the congregation. Starting on February 7, it has been the focus of intense work.

“Preservation is the biggest part,” James Dollish shared with 1812Blockhouse on Tuesday afternoon. Dollish explained that he couldn’t bear to see stained glass or pews removed and sold with the building possibly demolished in the process if it landed in other hands. More…

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History & Tourism

Own An Older Home? This Workshop Is For You!

6 Nov , 2019  

If you live in an older home here in North Central Ohio, we have just the workshop for you!

The Richland Area Preservation Group (RPAG) is hosting a 3-day workshop event to teach participants how to fix and restore wood windows, in order to bring them back to operation and increase a home’s aesthetic appeal. They have engaged Blind Eye Restoration, LLC to lead the workshop. More…

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Readers Share Sears House Locations

1 Sep , 2019  

Our recent story on the potential for finding houses in Mansfield which were purchased from Sears, Roebuck & Company generated a good amount of online comment and the sharing of actual house locations. That post can be read here: Hey, I Saw Your House In A Catalog: Sears Houses In Mansfield.

And, as it turns out, these types of houses can be found in many corners of Richland County. More…

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Historic News: Downtown Buildings Placed On National Register

31 Jul , 2019  

In a press release shared on Monday afternoon, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) announced that a portion of Mansfield’s central city is now officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In its press release, DMI shared: “Our National Register listing will offer new opportunities and benefits in our effort to preserve the history of Downtown Mansfield. More…

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History & Tourism

RichHistory Weekend: Secret City Tour

30 Apr , 2019  

This week we’ll be looking at events at a handful of the venues participating in this coming weekend’s RichHistory Weekend. Fifteen Richland County sites are participating in this edition, and History for Children is the focus of this year’s lineup of family-friendly events. A “Passport to History” is being distributed to fourth grade elementary school history classes, with teacher information packets. Each site will have prizes, and students obtaining passport stamps from four different sites will be entered in a prize drawing.

A part of RichHistory Weekend since its first year, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will hold its 2019 Secret City Tour on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 10:00 AM. More…

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History & Tourism

Nominations Open For Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites

11 Apr , 2019  

Preservation Ohio, the state’s original statewide historic preservation organization, is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites.

The annual List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites has been issued on either a biannual or annual basis since 1993. The list highlights historically significant Ohio properties that face a risky future due to demolition, disinvestment or indifference. More…


Secret City Tour Tickets Available

5 Mar , 2019  

Tickets for this year’s edition of one of Mansfield’s favorite tours are now on sale.

As a part of RichHistory Weekend, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. will again be hosting the Secret City Tour downtown. This annual event is an opportunity to peek behind the front door of several of the city’s interesting spaces with great reuse potential. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

The Ghosts Of Hidden Mansfield Architecture

31 Oct , 2018  

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. More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield Receives First State Historic Tax Credit Awards

20 Dec , 2017  

On Tuesday morning, something happened for the first time in Richland County – local projects were awarded tax credits under the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program.

In an announcement made at the headquarters of Downtown Mansfield, Inc. on North Main Street, officials of the Ohio Development Services Agency announced awarded $28,370,452 to projects to rehabilitate 22 historic buildings in 11 communities. The projects are expected to lead to approximately $165,386,833 in private investment. The awards include projects in three communities (Amherst, Cleveland Heights, and Mansfield) that are receiving an Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit for the first time. More…

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Downtown Mansfield Building May Receive Historic Designation

14 Aug , 2017  

At its Tuesday meeting, Mansfield City Council will consider giving “historic listed property” status to the commercial building at 46 Park Avenue West.

Noting that the designation has been recommended by the City’s Planning Commissio More…

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Noted Architecture Firm Visits Brass Office Center

4 Aug , 2017  

On Thursday, noted architecture firm Schooley Caldwell paid a visit to the former Ohio Brass Administration Building on North Main Street, now known as the Brass Office Center.

Schooley Caldwell is well known for work in many areas, and particularly in the area of historic renovation and preservation. Projects of the firm have included renovation and restoration of the Ohio Statehouse; the Utah State Capitol Building; East High School in Columbus; the Columbus Museum of Art; and many more high profile buildings. More…

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Tax Credit Awards Announced; North Central Ohio Finally Included

1 Jul , 2017  

When the recipients of Round 18 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits were announced this past week, there was a very familiar community name included.

For only the second time since the initial round in 2007, and for the first time in 10 rounds of awards, a north central Ohio project was included. And, instead of being in Mansfield, Marion, Bucyrus, Galion, Ashland, or Upper Sandusky, both of those projects have been in the same small Ashland County village – Hayesville, population 461. More…

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