Delaware, OH – April 2018 – Architectural Tour

The small city of Delaware, Ohio is the county seat of a county of the same name. Located just north of Columbus it was for more than 150 years the center of a farming county, as well as the home of the small college, Ohio Wesleyan.

With Columbus suburbs fast approaching, most of the county to the south has been developed  in tract housing and shopping centers, and it now has a population of over 200,000, and is recognized as having the highest per capita income in the state.

The town of Delaware however still feels like a small town, with many historic buildings.

First up is Beiber’s Mill which was was built in 1877 as a grist mill. Long abandoned, it sits directly on the Olentangy River – there were enough No Trespassing signs, and neighbors that looked like they would have shotguns that we took the photos from the road.

 2018 04 08 8 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

 

The next stop was Perkins Observatory.  While in town there is an observatory that was built in 1896 that is still standing (barely), this building is about 3 miles south of town, next to a golf course.

Built in 1925 it has been in use ever since, but has over time reduced in scope as central Ohio is not very conducive to astrological observations – due to the low altitude, cloud cover and light pollution from the cities.

 2018 04 08 18 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

 

As we arrived on the small campus of the 1900 student Ohio Wesleyan University, we found Edwards Gymnasium. Built in 1905 it is a spectacular building with an amazing wood ceiling with skylights.

 2018 04 08 29 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

Just up the hill is Slocum Hall, which contains a library.

 2018 04 08 41 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

As well as a great skylight.

 2018 04 08 47 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

Next door is the University Hall and Chapel, although it appears to me very similar to most of the county court houses and jails around the state.

 2018 04 08 56 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

On the west side of the campus are a series of newer buildings.

 2018 04 08 62 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

Leaving campus we moved on to an area where all of the Delaware County Government buildings are located including what was a Carnegie Library – now the County Commissioners home.

 2018 04 08 80 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

Next door is the old courthouse.

 2018 04 08 86 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

Our last stop is what should be the main attraction of the town – the birthplace of a U.S. President – in this case Rutherford B. Hayes. However someone messed that one up long ago when the home was torn down, so now it is the Rutherford B Hayes Memorial BP Gas Station. But it is the only Presidential Gas Station in America, so Delaware, Ohio has that going for them.

 2018 04 08 74 Delaware OH Historic Structures.JPG

 

 

 

 

Newark, Ohio – March 2018 – Trying to Come Back

Newark, Ohio is a city of 50,000 located 30 miles east of Columbus. While the entire Licking County area is growing in population thanks to the proximity of Columbus, downtown Newark has seen better days.

The town however, appears to be working hard to spruce up downtown, and as a result has some nice areas popping up.

The center of town is dominated by the 1876 Licking County Courthouse.

2018 03 24 61 Newark OH Historic Jail Tour.JPG

 

 

Just to the south of the courthouse is a farmers market area facing the backs of the buildings on the courthouse square. They have made good use of this area by painting a number of well done murals, although this one is marred by the unfortunate location of the garbage cans.

2018 03 24 52 Newark OH Historic Jail Tour.JPG

 

 

Apparently in the early 1900s farmers shipped their produce via Fedex.

2018 03 24 63 Newark OH Historic Jail Tour.JPG

 

 

The streetcar in the mural was built in Newark.

2018 03 24 66 Newark OH Historic Jail Tour.JPG

 

 

A well designed parking deck added symmetry to the scene.

2018 03 24 73 Newark OH Historic Jail Tour.JPG

 

 

While some buildings are awaiting restoration…

2018 03 24 79 Newark OH Historic Jail Tour.JPG

 

 

The train station has been restored and is used as offices by a local business.

2018 03 24 81 Newark OH Historic Jail Tour.JPG

 

But the highlight of the day is in the next post – the Historic Licking County Jail!