Toledo, Ohio audio tour: Toledo’s Old West End: Museum Neighborhood Stroll

Toledo’s Old West End: Museum Neighborhood Stroll

Walking Tour

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120 mins
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2.4mi

About the Tour

Discover a myriad of architectural designs and styles, including Victorian, Edwardian, and Arts and Crafts homes, on a walking tour around Toledo’s museum district.

This stroll features some of the more alluring homes in the Old West End, including the former residence of the city’s glass icon, Edward Drummond Libbey and his wife Florence Scott Libbey. The Libbeys helped make Toledo ‘the Glass City’, and played an important role in establishing this area as a cornerstone of the Old West End when they donated the site for the internationally known Toledo Museum of Art. On this tour, you’ll explore the Edward Ford Mansion, an Italianate design with glazed brick and terra cotta detailing, as well as the 10,000 square foot Bartley Mansion, a Châteauesque style mansion built for wealthy Toledo grocer Rudolph A. Bartley in 1905.

If you love classic design and a good story, this stroll back in time won’t disappoint. Your host, Tedd Long, is joined by Dr. Ted Ligibel, director emeritus of Eastern Michigan University’s award-winning Historic Preservation program, who began his career in 1974 with the Landmarks Committee of the Maumee Valley Historical Society. We look forward to sharing with you the rich history and glorious styles of Toledo’s Old West End, and in particular, the neighborhood surrounding what some consider one of the world’s best art museums.

This tour is one in a three-part series exploring Toledo’s enchanting West End district, available on the VoiceMap app.

Tour Producer

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Tedd Long

Welcome to Northwest Ohio! I'm Tedd Long, writer and curator of www.holytoledohistory.com. I love introducing guests to my favorite local history stories and showing off the Maumee Valley. I also enjoy hearing people who have lived here all their life say things like, "Gee, I didn't know that!" or "I never knew that was here!" Plus, I'm known for never missing a good meal so I'll make sure to pass along where to catch a delicious bite to eat or enjoy a relaxing drink while we're out and about. Whether we're walking or driving—I have so much to share! Let's go...

Major Landmarks

  • The Libbey House

  • Toledo Museum of Art

  • Ford Mansion

  • Bartley Mansion

Directions to Starting Point

Our tour will start in the parking lot behind Parkwood Professional Building at Parkwood and Jefferson.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

I'd plan to set aside a day to visit the Toledo Museum of Art but you may want to stop by the TMA Cafe for a bit to eat while on our tour.

Best time of day

Early mornings and afternoons are a great time to tour the Old West End. Summer evenings are nice too.

Precautions

Toledo is like most other cities around the world, in that if you are sensible and take a few common-sense precautions, you should be fine. You probably don't want to lug around a large camera on this two-hour stroll but certainly bring along your phone to take some shots and share with your friends.

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Toledo’s Old West End: Museum Neighborhood Stroll