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Architecture Echoes History

Posted over 2 years ago by April S

Explore Toledo’s fascinating history through the Library’s vast architecture collection.

Our always-expanding collection, dating from the 1900s, features original architectural drawings, pen and ink renderings, and photographs from commercial and residential buildings including:

  • Tillinghast/Willys Home
  • Commodore Perry Hotel Ballroom
  • Cherry Street/Martin Luther King Bridge

House Tours

Explore Old West End Festival House Tours at

Local History Research

The Local History and Genealogy Department is open during Main Library's renovation for in-person research (by appointment):

Monday | 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday | 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Rare Book Room

Visit the Rare Book Room in the Local History and Genealogy Department in person or view our collection online at:

For reference questions or to schedule an appointment call 419.259.5233.

Toledo : A History in Architecture

Learn more about architecture and local history with these great books available at your local Library.

Toledo : a history in architecture 1835-1890 / William D. Speck
Toledo : a history in architecture, 1890-1914 / William D. Speck
Toledo : a history in architecture, 1914 to century's end / William Speck