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Toledo, Ohio, USA (Summer 2013)

From August 9-19 2013, I went on a huge trip in the Midwest U.S., visiting the cities of Toledo, Chicago, and Detroit!

This is the first day in Toledo, Ohio (Population 287,000). I came down to visit the city, tour downtown, the Old West End, and went to a Mud Hens (AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) baseball game at Fifth Third Field.

This tour mainly focuses on downtown Toledo, the riverfront, the Docks, and the Warehouse District. The pictures were taken from late afternoon to the night.

Also, these are the first set of pictures I have ever taken on my amazing new Canon Rebel T41 DSLR Camera!

My hotel, the Park Inn downtown Toledo


15th floor view of the Maumee River from the Park Inn downtown, Anthony Wayne Bridge, and the headquarters of Owens Corning




Historic Fort Industry Square commercial Block across from the Park Inn on Summit Street






Looking east on St. Clair Street in downtown Toledo


Looking up at the Fiberglas Tower, the 30-storey office building is Toledo's second tallest. Built in 1969, the building currently stands vacant.




National City Bank Building


Back of the Toledo Edison building and Riverfront Apartments




Ohio Building, built in 1896






A very handsome KeyBank branch...


Behind the Huntington Center...




Spitzer Building, built in 1896




Nicholas Building


Behind the Nicholas Building




The incredible LaSalle Building, former flagship store of LaSalle & Koch Department Stores (long gone, acquired by Macy's), built in 1913




Charter One Bank Branch downtown across from the LaSalle building


Looking up at some of downtown Toledo's historic buildings


One Lake Erie Center




Commodore Perry Hotel, now apartments


Looking up at the Commodore Perry Hotel, built in 1927


Secor Building, another former hotel, completed in 1908






Huntington Center, downtown Toledo's 8,000 seat arena, home of the Toledo Walleye of the East Coast Hockey League, affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks


Seagate Convention Center


Park Inn again...


One and Three Seagate and the former Steam Plant, sitting vacant on Toledo's riverfront


Riverfront walkway between the Maumee River and Summit Street


Downtown Toledo from the riverfront




COSI Science Center and Best Western hotel


One Seagate, regional headquarters of Fifth Third Bank, the tallest building in the city, sits 32 storeys high and was built in 1982.




Maumee River from the Cherry Street bridge


Downtown Toledo from the Cherry Street bridge



International Park


Toledo skyline from the Docks restaurant and entertainment complex










The Docks entertainment complex, many higher-end restaurants and nightclubs here




Empty land on the east riverfront near Cherry Street. This was the site of the former Toledo Sports Arena, was demolished a few years ago.




Glass City Skyway
 

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Good too see a place I wonder about, you did it justice. And to the previous person I ask, If you were never there how would you know it "ALWAYS" seems dull?..:eek:hno:...The pix are telling of a time of prosperity, it does look like it's store fronts are empty but many towns are in the same difficult adjustment phase, waiting for a rebirth. It does have a great stock of beauties in need of TLC and a new lease on life, I hope for the best..:cheer::eek:kay::cheer:
 

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Nice pictures! :)

Did you like Toledo? I've never been there but it's always seemed rather dull
It may seem dull on the outside to some people, being it's not really a large city, with a population of 287,000 and a metro of over 700,000 unless you're a suburbanite. But, I really do enjoy Toledo, it actually has a lot going for it. I've been enjoying it since 2010, when I paid for my first visit to the Glass City. Downtown could use a lot more traffic, though, which is probably what makes it LOOK dull. But with the Huntington Center, Fifth Third Field (home of the famous Toledo Mud Hens) and revitalization and opening of new businesses in the warehouse district and downtown, it's becoming a destination. But overall outside, Toledo's a great city for a lot of things! Toledo, IMHO, is a very underrated city.

Thanks for the comments on the pics, midrise. Yes, downtown unfortunately in recent years hasn't seen a lot of development, hence the empty street and downtown buildings, but as mentioned in my response to musiccity's comment, the new arena and the ball park should help downtown.
 

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One Seagate again from Summit Street




Four Seagate


Toledo Blade Building, where the city's daily newspaper is printed




Downtown's new United Way building




Valentine Theatre


Toledo City Hall




Public Safety Building


St. Paul's Lutheran Church


Historic Lucas County Courthouse






Toledo Public Safety




Just a portion of downtown's historic building blocks...




Valentine Theatre


Trinity Episcopal Church


HCR Manor Care building


Toledo Edison Building


Riverfront Apartments




The abandoned, yet iconic steam plant


Fiberglas Tower, also abandoned and iconic


Fifth Third Field, Toledo's magnificent 10,000-seat minor league ball park, home of the famous Toledo Mud Hens of the International Baseball League, opened in 2002 and has been a huge catalyst in the revitalization of downtown and the warehouse district.


Commercial blocks in the Warehouse District






Front entrance to Fifth Third Field


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Mud Hens and Walleye shop, this block is part of Fifth Third Field


Tony Packo's at the park, near Fifth Third Field, it's a Toledo institution, made famous by Jamie Farr, who played Max Klinger on M*A*S*H and mentioned this place.


Ye Olde Durty Bird, a bar that re-opened a couple of years ago after it closed quite a few years ago and changed into a couple of other businesses. It's a popular spot for Mud Hens fans before and after the game as I was told by Matt and Meg, the two awesome bartenders working that night. We talked about Toledo and all it has to offer, among other things!


 

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Here are my pictures from the second day in Toledo, Ohio during my Midwest U.S. trip to Toledo, Chicago, and Detroit.

If you didn't see the first day in Toledo, you can view it here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1659768

This tour focuses on Toledo's historic Old West End, some more of the Warehouse District, and highlights of the Indianapolis Indians and Toledo Mud Hens ball game at Fifth Third Field.

The Rosary Cathedral Church on Collingwood Boulevard in Old West Toledo. Built in 1931. Designed in the Spanish Plasteresque architectural style, meant to be in the spirit of its sister city, Toledo, Spain.






Rosary Cathedral School, also on Collingwood Boulevard.


Historic Jesup W. Scott High School on Collingwood Boulevard, built in 1913.




Collingwood Arts Center on Collingwood Boulevard


First Congregational Church, built in 1916.



Mansions on Collingwood Boulevard in Old West


Worship Hall


Homes and Mansions in the Old West End








The Leeper-Geddes House on Parkwood Avenue, built in 1903


Stranahan-Rothschild House, also on Parkwood Avenue, built in 1907














The Edward D. Libbey House, a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Built in 1895, it was the home of Edward Libbey, the founder of Libbey Glass in Toledo. The home is currently owned by the Libbey House foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transform the home into a museum and interactive center focused on Toledo's history and the glass industry.


I was fortunate enough to tour inside on a day where only Libbey retirees and employees were allowed to tour, but the staff allowed me inside to check it out. I didn't take pictures inside to respect the preservation and because nobody else did.




More homes and mansions in Old West Toledo












Julius G. Lamson House on Scottwood Avenue, built in 1904












Ann Manor Condominiums, Tudor-style apartment building, built in 1929















Wright-Wilmington House on Scottwood Avenue, built in 1895






Tufford Arms Condominiums



Harold Arms Terrace






Moses G. Block House, house design is based on Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie-style, but wasn't actually designed by FLW. Built in 1909.


























































Julius H. Tyler House on Robinwood






Frederick O. Paddock House on Robinwood, built in 1892.



Albin B Tillinghast House, English Tudor-style mansion, built in 1901, built for a liquorice tycoon named Alvin Tillinghast who went bankrupt and turned the house over to the construction company, who then said it to Toledo industrialist John North Willys, founder of Willys-Overland.




Michael Henahan House, sandstone castle built in 1894. Romanesque architecture bearing resemblance to Henry Hobson Richardson's style









Toledo Museum of Art, said to be one of the finest in the United States, was founded in 1901 by Edward Libbey and features one of the largest glassworks collections in the world


Glass Pavilion




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Lowered the resolution of the pictures to hopefully help with anyone if they were having trouble downloading pictures...
 

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Wow! some lovely homes.

Being a Brit, I'd never heard of Toledo; but what impresses me about American cities is, not only, the number of them - due to the the sheer size of the U.S, but how impressive so many of the buildings are in scale and size.

Check out my Liverpool thread - link below.
 

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Wow! some lovely homes.

Being a Brit, I'd never heard of Toledo; but what impresses me about American cities is, not only, the number of them - due to the the sheer size of the U.S, but how impressive so many of the buildings are in scale and size.

Check out my Liverpool thread - link below.
Hello, openlyJane! Yes, Old West Toledo, much like some of Midwestern American cities' nicer old neighborhoods, does have a lot of large mansions that were built, likely when industry and manufacturing were prevalent in all the Midwest U.S. cities, which is why a lot of them are so large. I shall take a look through your Liverpool thread. I've seen pictures of England's architecture and it is absolutely incredible. Speaking of Liverpool, I actually met a few nice ladies from Liverpool when I went to Chicago! Thanks for the great comment!
 

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Nice and varied architecture in the downtown area, I like the restaurants by the river, beautiful homes as well.
 

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Great stuff, GOOD....I'm truly impressed, it is a little microcosm of what was. The last set of those houses does tell a time of great prosperity as I said before about the town center..:applause::eek::eek:kay::uh::eek:kay::applause:
 

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^ Thanks, El Mariachi! Fifth Third Field is an awesome ball park!

BTW, for anyone who is interested, I made an article on Buffalorising.com reporting of my trip to Toledo:

http://buffalorising.com/2013/10/road-trip-holy-toledo/

Hopefully the article will help teach you more about the city's history and what is has to offer today!

It was so good, the Toledo Mud Hens baseball team happened to find it and posted in on their Facebook and Twitter pages! :D
 

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very nice - the old architdture, the new structures and the old designed residential houses.
 
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