Preserving a piece of Toledo

Thurgood Marshall Senior Apartments is working with architectural firms MoodyNolan and Thomas Porter to preserve the long-standing history of the building formerly known as Webster Elementary. Members of each team recently visited the Thurgood Marshall building to inspect and make notes for the renovations.

The school was first opened in 1922 as Webster Elementary and was the home of Toledo Public School administrators from the 1960s until the district left the building a few years ago. It is currently used for storage but will be restored to its former glory through this project.

In repurposing the Thurgood Marshall School, a historical piece of Toledo’s architectural fabric will be reactivated and preserved for future generations. This project is pursuing Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives and plans to nominate the building for the National Register of Historic Places. The program provides a tax credit to encourage private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings.

Plans will follow federal guidelines on historic preservation, including minimal changes to the defining characteristics of the building and the avoidance of removing or altering those characteristics.

Original features of the building, such as the staircases, fireplace, tile and wood flooring, and glass windows, will be safeguarded as much as possible to maintain the building’s integrity. When completed, the Thurgood Marshall Senior Apartments will be a structure worthy of pride in the North End neighborhood.

For more information and to stay updated with our partners, visit NeighborWorks Toledo Region’s website.

About Emily Schnipke

Emily is program manager for Community Building Partners, working on community redevelopment and many other projects. She is two-time graduate of University of Toledo and loves living in the Glass City.