By Maggie Butler
Posted On: Sep 11, 2020
Explore Ohio’s heritage through its historic buildings and landmarks from the comfort of your own home! Ohio Open Doors, a 10-day event that honors the history, design, beauty and stories of Ohio’s buildings, is going virtual this year.
This year, the event is taking a deeper look at Ohio’s historic theaters and opera houses. The event has 50 hosts this year, and here’s a few that you can explore:
The Ritz Theater in Tiffin
Virtually tour the beautiful Ritz Theatre. The building was built in 1928 with Italian Renaissance influence and was renovated in the 1990s with the help of local volunteers. Explore the building that Heritage Ohio named Historic Theatre of the Year in 2019 with a three-minute video tour that can be accessed September 11-20th.
Orange Johnson House in Worthington
Although you will be touring the house through your computer, you'll still feel transported to the 19th century when "visiting" the Orange Johnson House. One of the oldest residences still standing in its original location in Worthington, the house will be offering an interactive experience, perfect for school age children and adults alike, to learn about life in Central Ohio in the early 1800’s.
John Glenn’s Boyhood Home in Concord
Explore the life and history of one of Ohio’s most famous individuals, John Glenn, through the perspective of his mother, "Clara" at the John Glenn Boyhood Home. Clara will welcome you into their home and talk about life in 1937 during the Great Depression.
Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield
Yet another beautiful and historic building built in 1928, The Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield exudes opulence. The Ohio Open Doors tour will give you insider access to the front and back of the "house." The tour guides will even tell you a ghost story or two, perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit.
Shandy Hall in Geneva
Shandy Hall, the name of a homestead museum in Geneva, holds a lot more than what first meets the eye. Included in the 17 rooms in the building are the cellar kitchen with a cooking fireplace and bake oven and an elaborate banquet room with a coved ceiling and early 19th century scenic French wallpaper. This tour will allow you to search through the rooms and learn the history of this important building.
Hayesville Opera House
The Hayesville Opera House has a unique and esteemed history. Erected in 1886, this is one of the oldest operating theaters in Ohio. Take an online tour to learn about the theater’s past and take an inside peek into all the nooks and crannies that typically aren't open to the public.
Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland
Many people may pass the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors’ Monument that looms over Cleveland’s Public Square without knowing its significance. Through Ohio Open Doors, curious souls can learn the history of the monument as well as explore its lustrous interior.
This is only a small offering of the many historical buildings that you can tour through Ohio Open Doors.