Living in Toledo now for eight years, I have been to the Spitzer Building several times for lunch at Madison Bistro but I did not know that much about its rich history. After meeting with Patrice Spitzer and getting a tour of the building, the craftsmanship and beauty of this wonderful building in downtown Toledo amazed me. From the fine detail in the door handles to the amazing ironwork under the stairs, it was easy to see why this building was so highly talked about while I was doing my research for this project.
In this piece I wanted to show some of the amazing detail while saying that there are always ups and down in life. Never forget that there is a light at the end of your journey.
The Spitzer Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Toledo banker Ceilna Milo Spitzer and his cousin Adelbert Spitzer, built the Spitzer office building.
Started in 1893 and completed to two stories then the market crashed, so they built a ten foot wall around it to keep people out. They started back up again in 95 and it was completed in Feb of 96.
It was the first steel framed building in Toledo. Steel Framing originated in Chicago in 1888 and allowed buildings to be built taller, lighter, and more fire-proof. The stores on the first floor were, as the sign says, Toledo’s earliest shopping mall.
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