Monday, January 12, 2015
Here is today's episode:
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Friday, July 11, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
"Much of the building’s original structure has been kept intact, including red brick walls and sweeping archways. Modern touches have been added, including an indoor brick walkway named 'The Mechanics Way,' which is complete with lampposts, a storefront and decorative ceiling. The brick walkway leads to the courtyard."
This marks a change in direction for Mechanics from previous expansions and updating of its downtown headquarters. Former expansions into the adjacent building westward on Park Avenue and south on Main Street into the former Smart's music store building involved near featureless cladding of the storefronts with pink marble, a practice that would not have gained approval under the design guidelines now in place since 2003.
The News Journal website has a gallery of pictures from yesterday's open house (link above) if you can get past the pay wall and tolerate the advertising. Here are a few pictures from my files of the way it used to be.
|16 S Main 2003|
|Little Journeys Bookshop 16 S. Main|
|Renovation at Uncle John's, next door in 2011.|
|Bowland Mansion, where Mechanics Bank now stands.|
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
NCSC Urban Center, N. Main Street
|The 1882 map of Mansfield shows these two buildings and one behind them owned by Jacob Scholl, and undoubtedly built by him. (see the previous post about 320 Altamont)|
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The house at 147 W. First Street is located on the west half of lot 2310 in a group of several lots just to the west and at the SW corner and outside of the original city boundary laid out in 1808. The area is designated as Sturges Subdivision, originally owned by E. P. Sturges. The ground was within the old Methodist graveyard according to the 1853 map of the city. Adjacent, and within the city boundary was the Presbyterian graveyard, later to be occupied by the First Ward School, shown on the 1882 map of the city. By that time the Methodist graveyard had also been removed and the area developed into lots.
|147 W. First St.|
In the 3 years since that time no further action was taken by the city. Brian Dormaier and I secured the board-up and mowed the property. Home Depot donated materials and Worner Roofing put a patch on the roof at one point. Our ongoing efforts were made to keep the property from attracting further city attention, as long as nothing was moving forward.
Unfortunately last month we became aware that the city has torn it down. I've contacted Community Development and they have been promising to give us the review documents or Ohio State Preservation Office approval, but we are coming up on 1 1/2 months now with nothing forthcoming. I'm assuming at this point that no review was done. This is disheartening considering all the work that has gone into reviewing hundreds of demolitions for over three years now. Out of all of those properties, the Historical Society had spoken up for this house, its neighbor at 143 W. First, and 331 Prescott. 143 W. First had dropped off the radar because it had a new owner.
Another situation that we are in right now is that the city has not exercised a proper Programmatic Agreement with the SHPO, and with the Historical Society signed on as a consulting party. We are now dangerously close to the same situation we were in in 2009 when NSP funding was suspended.