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Toledo's National Historic Inventory Nominations

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In the following pages are over 100 nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register Program is described well by the National Park Service's own website.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed on the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Included among the more than 70,000 listings that make up the National Register are: all historic areas in the National Parks System; over 2,200 National Historic Landmarks, which have been designated by the Secretary of the Interior because of their importance to all Americans; properties across the country that have been nominated by governments, organizations, and individuals because they are significant to the nation, to a state, or to a community.

National Register properties are distinguished by having been documented and evaluated according to uniform standards. These criteria recognize the accomplishments of all peoples who have contributed to the history and heritage of the United States and are designed to help state and local governments, Federal agencies, and others identify important historic and archeological properties worthy of preservation and of consideration in planning and development decisions.

Listing in the National Register contributes to preserving historic properties in a number of ways:

  • Recognition that a property is of significance to the Nation, the State, or the community.
  • Consideration in the planning for Federal or federally assisted projects.
  • Eligibility for Federal tax benefits.
  • Qualification for Federal assistance for historic preservation, when funds are available.

Lucas County and the City of Toledo have a number of structures listed on the register, but hundreds more have been nominated over the years and not been approved for the list. These nominations are a rich source for local history, as they contain detailed descriptions of buildings, some of them since demolished, as well as brief histories of their origins, builders, and prominent occupants. Click or tap the photographs or their names for larger names.  The [Present-Day View] link next to each property opens the Google Street View to show how that property looks like or what's in its place today. You can interact with the Google Street View and visually look around each spot.

Acknowledgments & Thanks: The photos were researched, scanned, and shared with Toledo's Attic by Laura Voelz at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.  Credits: The original photographs and nomination papers were produced by the Landmarks Committee of the Lucas County - Maumee Valley Historical Society and are on deposit at the Local History Room of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

The orginal photographs and nomination papers were produced by the Landmarks Committee of the Lucas County - Maumee Valley Historical Society and are on deposit at the Local History Room of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.  This archive can be accessed in a number of ways. By the architect (if known), by the date the building was constructed, and by dates these structures were demolished. Where available, the links take you to the Google street view of the address.

Listing by Architect          Listing by Date of Construction          Listing of Demolished Buildings

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