History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: Greenlawn Cemetery Chapel

27 Dec , 2022  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Last year we took the opportunity to travel to Plymouth and to visit a local Landmark of Richland that we had not yet featured on 1812Blockhouse.

In the last half of the 19th century, many American cemeteries were laid out in the style of parks. Ample acreage was obtained, and meandering drives, hills, and landscaping gave visitors a sense of peace and beauty.

That was certainly the case for many north central Ohio cemeteries that date from this period. As opposed to their more urban counterparts, even in cities like Mansfield, cemeteries in smaller communities were spread out and beautifully manicured.

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Kern House

20 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Prolific architect Vernon Redding, who was undoubtedly the busiest Mansfield architect in the early decades of the 20th century, designed many of the local landmarks we have profiled in this series. He was also extremely versatile, as evidenced by the wide variety of styles in which he designed residences, commercial buildings, schools, and churches.

Late in the first decade of the 1900s, Redding became interested in the new Prairie School style of architecture, a movement born in the Midwest and whose most famous proponent was Frank Lloyd Wright. The Prairie Style emphasized horizontal lines, with residences featuring “…horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, integration with the landscape, solid construction, craftsmanship, and discipline in the use of ornament” according to Wikipedia. More…

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History & Tourism, Shelby

Landmarks Of Richland County: First Presbyterian Church, Shelby

15 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This church building is testament to faith and resilience.

The present First Presbyterian Church of Shelby, located on North Gamble Street, has occupied this spot for the last 115 years. It stands on the lot to the south of the Post Office Building, the subject of another recent post in this series.

The fact that it exists, however, is rather miraculous.

Presbyterians first met in the Shelby area in the early 1820s. After a couple of initial locations, the congregation built a church on South Broadway in 1851. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: First English Lutheran Church

23 Oct , 2022  

By: 1812Blockhouse

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, in that it remains one of the only remaining large downtown churches that still houses its original congregation. More…

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History & Tourism

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

9 Oct , 2022  

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.

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield Special: The Princess Theatre

19 Sep , 2022  

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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Landmarks of Richland

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Mansfield Savings Bank Building

27 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

A building with a rich past and an unknown future, the Mansfield Savings Bank Building sits majestically on the northwest corner of North Main and West Fourth Streets,  anchoring the Carousel District and serving as a backdrop for civic festivals and events.

For those who visit, the inside of the building matches the extraordinary presence of the exterior. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Vasbinder Fountain

20 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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

The Vasbinder Fountain is 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. The move took place after community outcry following announced plans to move the fountain to a neighborhood revitalization program in Springfield, Ohio.

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

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Mechanics Bank Building

14 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mechanics Bank Building, somewhat 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 Richland County history, an event chronicled in “Two Sons: The Bowland-Barker Murder” by Alan Wigton (available at Amazon.com; see link below). More…

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All About Richland

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Women’s Club Building

7 Jun , 2022  

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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