Old West End Historic Tour, Toledo (Self Guided)

If you want to visit the place which has kept alive the spirit of fine 19th century architecture, to witness a life of glamor and elegance, and to experience the style and wealth of the mighty of this world, then the Old West End neighborhood in Toledo is your final destination. Go ahead and explore the living demonstration of style, grace and beauty!
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Old West End Historic Tour Map

Guide Name: Old West End Historic Tour
Guide Location: USA » Toledo (See other walking tours in Toledo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: AliceM
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Jesup Wakeman Scott High School

1) Jesup Wakeman Scott High School

Jesup Wakeman Scott High School got its name from the ex-editor of the well-known Toledo newspaper “The Toledo Blade”. Mr. Scott was dreaming to make his city the "Future Great City of the World" and applied all possible efforts to reach his goal. He was a real philanthropist and didn’t hesitate to donate the creation of studying centers. The school was built in 1913 and was initially a common comprehensive high school. After receiving a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to the extent of 1 million dollars, the administration of the school decided to transform it into small academies with separate career directions in each. There are a lot of famous people among the alumni of Jesup W. Scott High School: writers, politicians, sportsmen, pianists and many others. Aside from the academic interest, the school is also a unique sample of a strict yet magnificent architecture of the beginning of the 20th century.
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The Collingwood Arts Center

2) The Collingwood Arts Center

The Collingwood Arts Center or CAC is located in the Old West End district of Toledo just near Scott High School. It was opened in 2005. The main entrance is a two-storeyed building with glass doors. The center itself is a four-storeyed Victorian style brick building. The Collingwood Center is the only residential arts center in Ohio, where artists not only work and create but also live. There are over 400 artists who have been living and working here. It maintains several facilities: a gallery, a theatre and an arts educational center. The CAC welcomes everyone who is eager to fill his life with creativity and splashes of color.
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The Wright-Wilmington House

3) The Wright-Wilmington House

The Wright-Wilmington House was built in 1895 for Albert G. Wright. It is constructed in rose brick representing its architectural style of the Queen Anne period. The house has a very rare Hip-On Gable configuration of the roof and a wide encircling veranda. The main entrance is presented by original doors surrounded by a Romanesque-style arch. Inside, oak and cherry wood covers the floors. There is an oak fireplace in the hall and a solid cherry fireplace in the living room. Beautiful descriptive moldings append the gorgeous interior.
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The Moses G. Bloch House

4) The Moses G. Bloch House

The Moses G. Bloch House is another historical building located in the Old West End of Toledo. It was constructed in 1909. The architectural style of this house depicts a conversion of Frank Wright's Prairie style. The house exhibits a debased hip roof and broad eaves. The pargeting on the brick walls feature casement windows. The Moses G. Bloch House remains a splendid constructional example of its period.
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The Barber Carriage House

5) The Barber Carriage House

The Barber Carriage House is the XIX century house located in the Old West End district. It was built in 1897 for a famous dentist in Toledo. The frontage of the house is trimmed with clapboard and shingle. The house of 3000 square feet has wooden floors and several old molding fireplaces, though you don’t need them today because the building is already equipped with boilers in the cellar and radiators. The second floor has several bedrooms with a bathing area. The most interesting interior item is the big electric chandelier. The Barber Carriage House is a classic representative of Victorian architecture.
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Julian H. Tyler House

6) Julian H. Tyler House

This house was built in 1897 for Judge Julian H. Tyler, who was a partner in a law firm. The architecture of the house is a mixture of two lines: XVIII century American Georgian and British Palladian styles. The two windows on either side of the entrance, which is situated right in the center of the facade, reflect Georgian architecture. Palladian style is presented by the portico – a porch with a roof over it, supported by columns. Julian H. Tyler house with its straight lines undermines the pompous Baroque-built houses of the area and embellishes the Old West End district with pure simplicity.
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Frederick O. Paddock House

7) Frederick O. Paddock House

Built in 1892, this mansion is remarkable in its rich decoration of shingle, sandstone and brick. The whole construction is kept in classical style. Frederick O. Paddock House has a high tower and a sun lounge surrounding the building. Asymmetrical gable walls make the architecture of the house very unusual.
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Murray-Willys Home

8) Murray-Willys Home

The Murray-Willys House was built in 1901. The construction brings to mind English Tudor Houses with their luxury and attention to details. Michael and Ellen Murray have restored the house to its original look. There is a beautiful living room with a gold-leafed ceiling hall on the first floor. An impressive dining room is garnished with wooden panels and a unique chandelier. The library is wainscoted with interesting decorative elements as well. It also has a modern air ventilating system. No doubt, the Murray-Willys House is one of the most amazing buildings in the area.
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The Edward V. Brucker House

9) The Edward V. Brucker House

The Edward V. Brucker House was built in 1897 for the owner of the Karavan Coffee Company. Mr. Brucker has also been a member of the Rosary Cathedral building committee and a respected, socially active man. The Brucker family owned the house until the second half of the 20th century. The interior is richly decorated by mosaics and all the floors and staircases are made of oak. There are four fireplaces on the first floor. The three-storeyed house has six bedrooms and three baths. A silver decorated cabinet is one of the highlights of the interior.
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Libbey-Tschudy-Perkins Home

10) Libbey-Tschudy-Perkins Home

Visiting the Libbey-chudy-Perkins house you might think that you got in one of your favorite old films. Two years of accurate and laborious work gave birth to the building that was named a National Historical Landmark of the USA. This 10,000 square foot home is a pure example of colonial revival style; all you feel upon entering it is endless enthusiasm and delight. This estate was built in 1885 and over 125 years, it has often changed owners, but one thing remains constant – the sigh of admiration from all who cross the threshold. The interior is carefully thought out and kept in perfect condition. The wood, glass, stucco moulding and other unique details are ingeniously combined in reserved glamour and generous dignity. Don’t miss your chance to witness this incredible beauty!
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The Julius G. Lamson House

11) The Julius G. Lamson House

The Julius G. Lamson House was built in 1903. David Stine was its architect. The gorgeous pink facade is dressed in green garden surroundings. In general, the design of the Julius G. Lamson House represents Colonial Revival constructional style. The house remains one of the few of its kind kept by the original family.
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Stranahan-Rothschild House

12) Stranahan-Rothschild House

Stranahan-Rothschild House is located in the historical Toledo area. It was built in 1907. The house is designed in Georgian Revival style: paneled front door and windows arranged in horizontal or vertical rows. At first it had a broad porch in the front of the house. Today the main entrance is embellished by beautiful circular front steps.
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Leeper-Geddes House

13) Leeper-Geddes House

Leeper-Geddes House in the Old West end district of Toledo was designed by famous architect Thomas Huber. It was constructed in 1903 and used as an abidance for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Toledo. The house was created in harmonious proportion of three ‘golden’ forms: ‘White-House’ style of the front, Victorian veranda surrounding the facade and Italian Renaissance details. Leeper-Geddes House is considered one of the most luxurious houses in the area.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Toledo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Toledo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Toledo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.