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.