Sunday, December 1, 2019

Panoramic Views of Rosary Cathedral

Incredible panoramic photos of Rosary Cathedral, by Quinn Olinger.  Click HERE and HERE.  You can zoom in / out within the images.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Book of Church Artists in America 1860-1920 - New Edition Available

The sixth edition of Delma Tallerico's “Ecclesiastical Architects, Artists and Artisans in America: 1860-1920" is now available.  Delma has researched the visual history of Catholic churches in the United States for many years, and each edition of her book has new details about the people who produced so many wonderful places to worship.  For more information and a preview of the book, click HERE.  

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Images in Time Photo Database

For old Toledo photos (and a few beyond Toledo), be sure to check out the Toledo / Lucas County Library's "Images in Time" database.  Searchable by keyword or address.  Click HERE.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Bell Tower at St. Mary's, Sandusky

Good photos looking inside the bell tower, and showing the views from the bell tower, in the Sandusky Register.  Click HERE.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Mary Manse Documentary

WGTE has produced a documentary about Mary Manse College, the Catholic women's college formerly in Toledo's Old West End.  You can watch it HERE.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

St. Gaspar, Marywood

Main altar, St. Gaspar del Bufalo (founder of Society of the Precious Blood) in the middle, flanked by St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

McBride Studios

1913 ad from McBride Studios.  McBride also produced the altars at Our Lady of Consolation in Carey.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

St. Joseph Crestline Lithograph

A vintage lithograph of St. Joseph, Crestline church interior -- I believe it's the building prior to the current church.  This is from a collection of lithographs from Packard, Butler & Partridge of Philadelphia.  You can see more, including Delphos, Fremont, and Fostoria at the link HERE.  Thanks to James Richardson for passing along!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Pioneers of SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Toledo - 1917

A reader of a previous post asked for some information about SS. Peter & Paul parish in Toledo.  The photo above is from a souvenir booklet from 1917, the 50th Jubilee of the parish and the dedication of its second (and current) church.  Toledo Public Library also has a history book of the parish published in 1967 -- see details HERE.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

St. Sebastian Demolition

After years of fighting for preservation and transfer of ownership by the community, the demolition of St. Sebastian in Bismark is nearly complete. What a sad and needless loss of yet another Catholic church, and a very historical one at that. One of the oldest in the Diocese, predating the Civil War by decades.

I've heard from some people that the bell tower may remain, but this is only hearsay. The stained glass, pews, paintings, and other objects from the church have been saved by the community, hopefully to be reused in some way. The organ was moved to another Catholic church in Ohio.

I took this picture just a few weeks ago.

Once the crews are done at St. Sebastian, they will head over to Reed Assumption to do the same. 

See this page in the Norwalk Reflector for some pictures of the demolition:

With the way things are going, it's only going to get worse. If this irks you, step up and fight for preservation in your communities!