Wander back to the Warehouse DistrictWritten by Amy Biolchini | | ABiolchini@toledofreepress.com
The Warehouse District contains some of Downtown Toledo’s defining buildings. Monroe Street binds it to the north; The Maumee River to the east. 10th Street and the expressway close out the western and southern borders.
“We call it our little urban village,” said Diane Keil-Roe, president of the Toledo Warehouse District Association.
The association is hosting its 6th annual “Wander the Warehouse District” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any of the tour sites, or at the corner of Michigan and Lafayette streets.
Visitors are invited to walk through the district to view lofts, homes, restaurants and galleries. Landmark tour sites include the Bakery Building on South Michigan Street, the Oliver House on Broadway Street and the Bartley Lofts on Washington Street. New to the “Wander” event are special tours. At 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., tours of Fifth Third Field and the Mud Hens locker room will be offered. Tours of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre are available at noon and 2 p.m.
Keil-Roe said the Warehouse District and Downtown Toledo changed significantly with the addition of Fifth Third Field because it brought a lot of restaurants on board and increased parking revenue. Keil-Roe said the strip of buildings along South Saint Clair Street was dilapidated and unsightly before renovation took place. After the Warehouse District Association completed the project, it made the area more attractive for other people and businesses to move in.
“St. Clair village was the catalyst project,” Keil-Roe said. “You look at that street now and it’s a beautiful part of the Warehouse District.”
Keil-Roe said the association is open to anyone interested in joining, whether or not they live or work in the Warehouse District.
For a complete list of tour sites, visit www.toledowarehouse.org/wander.php.