Vistula Historic District, Toledo

Down by the approaches to the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway Bridge is the Vistula Historic District, which retains some amazing architecture. The majority of my phots are from along East Superior Street. Platted in 1833, Vistula was originally one of two towns, the other being Port Lawrence, that combined together in 1837 to form the modern city of Toledo.

I was impressed by the wide array of architectural styles.

Apparently the neighborhood is undergoing a sort of revitalization, as this city website explains. The red brick is a lush, warm color.

I doubt that front porch is original to these two Italianate rowhouses below, but it reflects the history of the building, nonetheless.

These and other rowhouses represent what is probably some of the earliest development in what was a booming town at the time.

But there are also freestanding Italianate houses as well, with broad front porches with wide doors entering straight from living rooms.

This paint job is ok, I guess.

Then we see the appearance of this amazing Shingle Style house, which unfortunately was painted but can still be brought back to life.

Somebody lost their cupola below!

Mature trees block the view sometimes.

I’m intrigued by this Greek Revival house below–is it old or is it a later revival of the style in the Twentieth Century?

There are simpler houses, as well.

The house below is a perfect example of the Italianate country villa, the cupola preserved that would have had windows that opened, functioning as a chimney to vent hot air during the summer. It could have also functioned as a belvedere, allowing views of the river.

I can spot a Lutheran church from a mile away.

And I was right; this is Salem Lutheran Church, founded in 1857.

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