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Landmarks Of Mansfield: Grace Episcopal Church

12 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This reposting of one of our Landmarks of Mansfield is in commemoration of the congregation’s anniversary this year.

The stately building on the southwest corner of Third and Bowman Streets near downtown represents a 175 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, Landmarks of Richland

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Winfield S. Ward House

27 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The exuberant Queen Anne style house at 350 Park Avenue West in Mansfield holds a bit of a surprising anecdote. More about that and the end of this post.

It was built by Winfield S. Ward, a man who made a good living as a manufacturer of “elastic web,” that being the elastic material comprised of woven textile or rubber fibers and primarily used for garters and suspenders.

Winfield Ward was born in Pennsylvania, educated in Trenton, New Jersey, and came to Mansfield about 1889. At the time, he was a real estate agent, and the The Weekly News of April 28, 1892 profield him as one of “Mansfield’s wide aware real estate agents.” More…

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History & Tourism

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

2 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This updated post was first published in January 2018 in honor of the Ohio Theatre’s 90th birthday.

In honor of that anniversary, we shared 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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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Downtown Mansfield Historic District

24 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It would come as no surprise that a good number of previous Landmarks of Mansfield posts are located in downtown Mansfield, an area that has been a social, economic, and civic hub for well over 200 years.

While the central part of the city has seen tremendous change, and while important pieces of local and state history have been lost over the years, a good deal of historic fabric remains. As such, it can rightfully considered a landmark in its own right.

This was the conclusion of the National Park Service, which designed a section of downtown as a National Register Historic District back in 2019.

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield Special: The Princess Theatre

17 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Today, we broaden the scope of our Landmarks of Mansfield series by focusing on a landmark that never was.

At least not how it was originally planned.

We take our readers back 113 years, and to the southwest corner of West Fourth and Walnut Street. There, in 1908, owner William Shakespeare Cappeller, founder and owner of The Mansfield News, made plans for something special to take place. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: St. John’s United Church of Christ

26 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a building that has had a close relationship with two successive versions of the Richland County Courthouse.

When St. John’s Evangelical Church, now St. John’s United Church of Christ, was built between 1910 and 1912, it was towered over by the Victorian era Courthouse, its next door neighbor to the west. Across the street was a smaller church, designated in maps of the era as the “First United Brethren Church.”

After the demolition of the history courthouse in the 1960s, St. John’s suddenly appeared for travelers driving eastbound on Park Avenue East. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Central United Methodist Church

21 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The former Central United Methodist Church on Park Avenue West, now the Bethesda Fellowship Ministry Center, was dedicated on August 27, 1911.

It was designed by Vernon Redding, Mansfield’s best known and most prolific architect of his era, who was also the architect for the Leland Hotel and Carnegie Library building. Because of its heavy stone massing, it has been described as being of the Richardson Romanesque style, but its sloping roof with exposed truss ends, as well as its date of construction, suggests Arts and Crafts influences as well. The exterior is of Sandusky limestone with Bedford white stone trim. A 14 foot cloister is featured on the east side of the sanctuary. More…

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All About Richland

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Women’s Club Building

5 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

4 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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 building sits near an intersection that has been home to a Catholic church and school for almost seventeen decades. The first local mass was celebrated in 1850, and the first church, purchased from the Presbyterians, was located on Mulberry Street just north of the current elementary school. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Adam J. Endly House

21 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the last four years, 1812Blockhouse shared over 50 posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield and Landmarks of Richland County series. We have enjoyed focusing on pieces of local history which continue to provide context, a sense of place, and useful space in the early 21st century.

Of course, many pieces of history which could have been preserved have been lost.

One true survivor is a former residence which represents one of the oldest buildings in downtown Mansfield. It sits proudly but somewhat forlornly on the south side of West Fourth Street west of Mulberry Street. When it was built, it would have been one of the largest buildings in town. Today, it presents a remarkable opportunity to preserve a bit of pre-Civil War Mansfield.

We are continuing to doresearch so that we can present a more thorough Landmark of Mansfield post in the future about the house at 103 West Fourth Street. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Park Avenue Baptist Church

8 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

When it was finished in 1929, the Park Avenue Baptist Church building was referred to as “one of the most beautiful churches in Ohio.”

Still standing at 296 Park Avenue West and now home to a Christian congregation known as MOSAIC, the structure has long been unique to the community. When it was built, it housed the only local Baptist church and it also reflected an architectural style which was not seen in other Mansfield religious buildings before or since. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

18 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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.

In the years following the Civil War, the Ohio General Assembly passed laws which facilitated the financing and construction of buildings and monuments to serve and commemorate veterans of that conflict and earlier wars. Some cities, such as Sidney and Toledo, began local efforts even earlier. In total, 14 such structures were erected across the state. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Charles H. Voegele House

1 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhoue

If this house had a nickname, it might well be “The House That Candy Built.”

One of the mansions of Mansfield that, while standing, have been altered substantially for commercial purposes, the Charles H. Voegele House at 514 Park Avenue West was home to a remarkably energetic figure in late 19th century and early 20th century Mansfield — and someone who performed a truly heroic act in his youth.

Charles Voegele was born in Germany in 1854, and came to Mansfield with his parents at the age of one. Attending school here, he went to New York City and became employed in the E. Greenfield & Sons Candy Company.

On December 20, 1877, the factory was rocked by an explosion and the entire complex burned to the ground, killing 13. Five of the female employees were personally saved by the actions of Charles Voegele, who was badly burned in the melee. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Frank A. Gilbert House

10 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s not usually the case that a still-standing 135 year old house can be paired with a still-standing commercial building of similar vintage.

Such is the case for the house at 343 Park Avenue West and the North Main Street structure currently known as the “City Mills Building.”

Frank A. Gilbert was born in 1835 in Oswego, New York, and moved with his parents to New London, Ohio at the age of 15. A year later his father, a miller by trade, died, and as the oldest son Frank took over that business. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Grace Gospel Tabernacle

22 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfielders of today might not recognize the original name of this familiar building, which celebrated its 100th birthday in October of this year.

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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