Tapestry announces 2015 sites

The Westerville Habitat Partnership’s annual Tapestry Of A Town historical tour includes private homes in addition to city buildings and businesses in the 2015 event.

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Tapestry Of A Town 2015 Sites

2015 Photo Gallery Sunday, July 26, 2015 Sunday, July 26, 2015 Batelle Fine Arts Center / Riley Auditorium Completed in 1928, shortly before the Great Depression affected construction projects, this Alumni Gymnasium provided a site for male athletic activity until the Rike Center was opened in 1975. Battelle Memorial Institute provided financial support to transform this building into space dedicated to the arts. Musician Messiah Chimers (Kathy Butler) performing from 1 – 3:30 Residence at 112 N. West St. After spending over 50 years on Otterbein’s campus, just west of the Science Building, this house was moved to its current site in 1953. It contains many memories of the family who still occupy it and some unique features built by the owner. A Gal Named Cinda Lou Built in 1895, this structure was home to Day’s Bakery in 1900 and later to Day’s Dry Goods. The Day brothers , twins born in 1868 on February 29th leap day, were known for their big caramel iced cookie. First Presbyterian Church A church was built by the Presbyterians on this site in 1864. The current structure replaced that early structure in 1913. Residence 93 W. College Used for a time as a bed and breakfast, , this Italianate structure built in the 19th century was occupied by three generations of the Baker family from 1893 when it was purchased by W.O. Baker, treasurer of Otterbein . Daughter LuLu May, a music professor at Otterbein lived there until her death in 1965, after which her nephew occupied the home for another 4 years until it was sold in 1969. Residence at 119...

Artists and Musicians for 2014 Tapestry Of A Town

Artists and Musicians for Tapestry of a Town, Sunday, July 27, 2014 – 1-5 pm Anti-Saloon League Museum at the Westerville Library, 110 S. State St. Alum Creek singers City Building, 21 S. State St. Messiah Chimers, bell choir Clippinger Hall at Otterbein University, 102 W. College Ave. Kevin Buckland – watercolorist Hanby House,  160 W. Main St. The Master’s Minstrels (dulcimer, flute, guitar, mandolin) Hanby School, 50 S. State St. Tom Masterson, cartoonist Justice residence, 32 W. Plum St. Amy Levine, flute Masonic Temple, 130 S. State St. Connie Bell, quilter Stevens Family Ensemble Morgan’s Treasure, 31 N. State St. Ann Wildman, cut paper artist Olde Methodist Cemetery, 66 W. Lincoln St. Pat Clous, violin Outside Envy, 15 N. State St. Donna Woker,...

Tapestry 2014 Sites Announced

The Westerville Habitat Partnership’s annual Tapestry Of A Town historical tour includes private homes in addition to city buildings and businesses in the 2014 event. Also new this year is the Masonic temple adjacent to the library on South State St. Anti-Saloon League Museum at the Westerville Library Bobel house 161 E. College Ave. (private home) City Building – Council Chambers Clippinger Hall at Otterbein University Hanby House Hanby School Justice house 32 W. Plum St. (private home) Masonic Temple Morgan’s Treasure Old Post Office on State St. Olde Methodist Cemetery Outside Envy Ticket...

Thanks for a great Tapestry Tour

A great day in Uptown Westerville Thanks to all who attended our first Tapestry of a Town walking tour.  We had a spectacular weather day and lots of interested visitors.  We raised two things: 1) awareness of the rich heritage of our town and 2) a good amount of money which will be put into the Apostle Build house the Westerville Habitat Partnership is currently helping to fund and build.  We are so grateful so many residents chose to participate in this event and hope you all had a good time. Make sure you check out the Photo Gallery of the tour. Third Annual Christmas Progressive Concert Be watching for information about our Third Annual Christmas Progressive Concert, coming up on Friday, December 13. Another walking event, this one is in a much smaller area, stopping in three Uptown churches - Church of the Master, Church of the Messiah, and First Presbyterian Church - all within about a block of each other. Ticket holders attend a short concert in each of the three churches and are led to the next by costumed guides with lanterns.  It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit, see beautifully decorated historic churches, and hear great music provided by the choirs and musicians of our member churches.  Save the Date!  We will be posting more information about the tour and tickets at this site. A special thanks to the very talented Gary Gardiner, who designed and maintained this web site for us.  If you like his work, you can contact him at gary@garygardiner.com   (He did not write this, we did!)...

Otterbein Mausoleum

The Otterbein Mausoleum sits along the edge of a ridge overlooking a small creek running into Alum Creek at the edge of the cemetery. Built in 1924, the concrete and stone Otterbein Mausoleum is smaller than its oriiginal design which originally was to house 400 crypts. Its small footprint, altered during construction, has 290 crypts. The mausoleum is in the National Register of Historic Places. With its beautiful stained glass windows, Indiana limestone exterior and marble interior, it is an architectural...

The Old Bag of Nails Opera House and Pub

The Old Bag of Nails Pub at the corner of State and Main began life in 1881 replacing the Jarvis Hardware building. The building’s early history includes the upper floor being used as an opera house where three people died in a fire in 1886. The Westerville Library History department notes that it once held the University Bookstore and several pool rooms. There were several grocery stores beginning with Ulry‘s Grocery in 1917 and ending with A&P in 1946. Ben Franklin Variety Store became the longest tenant from 1946 to 1971. Calico Cupboard took over in 1975 and closed in 2001 with Old Bag of Nails buying the building in 2006. The building required significant  renovation for it to meet modern building codes including the addition of an elevator at the...

Corbin's Saloon twice dynamited

Saloon keeper Henry Corbin attempted to defy the city’s “fermented spirits” prohibition by selling liquor at his establishment at the corner of Knox and Main near the city center. The first blast in what became to be called the “Whiskey Wars” happened when his original saloon was almost destroyed in an explosion 1875. A later attempt to sell alcohol by Corbin and another innkeeper resulted in the same type of explosions. The prohibition of alcohol and the dedication to rid the city of anyone who attempted to sell it is one of the reasons the Anti-Saloon League moved to Westerville in 1909. The New York Times archive has a PDF copy of its story of the first...

Java Central – From Bolts to Bowling to Baristas

The original structure on the site was a wood frame residence believed built in the 1920s. It became Wilkin and Smith Hardware store near the end of World War II and later named Wilkin and Sons Hardware in 1947. It was converted into Schneider and Beaver Bowling Lanes in 1950 and named Westerville Bowling Lanes in 1956. Several printing companies used the building before it was converted to an annex for the Post office next door. Dr. Carole Burns used it as her Professional Vision Care office until 1998 when it was converted to Fox in the Wall, a gift, novelty, arts, and craft store. The building is now home to Java Central, a coffee shop and art house popular for its drinks, gallery shows, and musical performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Eds Note: thanks to the Westerville Library for the chronology of businesses for this...