Old West End Toledo

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$21.95 per book  with media mail shipping and handling        

Make your check payable to the Old West End Association in the amount of just $21.95.  

Mail to: Lawrence Stine, 2717 Collingwood, Toledo, Ohio 43610

The first book written about the Old West End was published in 2005 and sold out in six months.  It has now been republished.  

All proceeds benefit the Old West End Association. The book has an 8 1/2 X 11 inch glossy soft cover with 176 pages and over 380 rare and vintage photographs. It was written by Old West End resident Lawrence Stine with assistance from David Clawson, Fred Folger III, Kent Illenden, and the late Vince Rupp, Jr. Available in Toledo at these fine outlets: (Please note that prices may vary)  Cutting Edge Barber Shop in The Toledo Club Happy Historian Book Shoppe in Grand Rapids, Ohio Libbey Glass Factory Outlet Store at 205 South Erie Street Old West End Antiques Market at 2023 Collingwood Blvd. You may also order by mail.  Send your $21.95 check made payable to the OWEA and send to :  Lawrence Stine, 2717 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43610. If you have older photos of the Old West End, we would be pleased to consider using them in our next book and this website. Your vintage Toledo photos are very important to us and our website viewers. Call 419-708-5490 or email us your photograph.   

My grandmother loved the book, Larry - thank you!------------Amy Sloan  

I have read your OWE book several times and have thoroughly enjoyed it.----Robyn Hage








The messages and photos are coming in fast and furious to our ever growing website.  Here are just some of the comments.

"..wonderful site".  Toledo, Ohio

"This website is a treasure".  Toledo, Ohio

"Thanks for the memories".  Memphis, Tennessee

.."love the site".  Raleigh, North Carolina

"We've enjoyed this wonderful 'tour'."  Mesa, Arizonia

"Great pics"  Oregon, Ohio

"Great website".  Potomac Falls, Virginia

"Coof stuff". Rochester, New York

"Great collection of Toledo photographs."  Portland, Oregon

"A wonderful collection of Toledo history photos."  Interlochen, Michigan

"What a fantastic website!"  Surprise, Arizonia

"Fantastic collection."  Minnesota

"I will recommend oldwestendtoledo.com highly to my friends..."  London, England

"This is a wonderful site. I am so grateful to have it for reference."  Toledo, Ohio



I encourage your comments . If you have vintage pictures that you would like to share, please email them to me for consideration to be included on this site.  Your vintage photos are very important to us and our website guests.

Lawrence R. Stine 

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Looking for City Directories

We are always looking for Toledo Polk city directories to add to our research library.  Call us at 419-708-5490 if you have one to donate or sell.  We may just need the one you have to fill in the missing volumes in our incomplete collection.   Years 1901 through 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913 through 1917, and 1919 are a high priority.

Thank you, Anita of Toledo for selling us your 1911 Toledo directory

Thank you, Tom of California for selling us your 1907, 1912, and 1954 Toledo directories.





Imagine the Old West End of yesteryear: swamps, howling wolves, Indian trails, and virgin forests.  Today only some centuries-old trees of oak and black walnut remain as a picturesque backdrop for the vintage architecture for which the neighborhood is so well known.

By the late 1870s Frank Scott, son of Toledo pioneer Jessup Scott, platted a new subdivision on family land off Monroe Street and west of Collingwood Avenue.  Toledo's leading families began to build "out in the woods" in the west-end.  Business and churches soon followed.

The "woods" district of Toledo would become the most prestigious address in the city by the end of the nineteenth century.  Rapidly growing northward, farm after farm was platted into building lots.  The growth would continue through the 1920s when the last of the available lots had been improved.  The old town of Tremainsville was absorbed by the rapidly expanding west-end of Toledo.

Forming a triangle with roughly Detroit Avenue (The Great Trail) on the west, the Museum area (the Scott property) on the South, and Collingwood Boulevard (Territorial Road) to the east, and with the lost settlement of Tremainsville at the northern point, the Old West End neighborhood is a potpourri of architectural styles popular from the 1870s through the 1920s, many of the houses were designed by Toledo's leading architects of the day, including Fallis, Bacon, Stine, Mills, and Wachter: these architects built for the leading citizens of the day, including Reynolds, Libbey, Spitzer, and Bartley.

Today, the Old West End boasts one of the largest remaining collections of late Victorian and Edwardian homes in the nation.