Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year!

Here's hoping for a pleasant 2008.

In honor of the New Year season, let's link back to one of our more popular articles, on the New Year's Pretzel in Sandusky.


Jeffrey Smith said...

Very good blog. Keep it up.
Maybe you can answer a question? Holy Angels Church appears to have been substantially remodeled ( Looks more like completely rebuilt ) sometime since 1900. Any idea when it was done?

Sandusky Library Archives Research Center said...

Thanks for the compliment. We like your blog, too. (I like anybody who is interested in historic preservation, and who recognizes the beauty of past culture.)

As for your question about Holy Angels . . . The church published a brief history in 1976. in the book, it describes the tenure of Rev. Charles Lamb (1893-1903) as when most of the renovation was done. It's not clear exactly when, but it says "During his last years as pastor, Father Lamb had the church extended thirty-five feet toward Tiffin Avenue and added a square tower at the northeast corner, supplanting the earlier spire." This change is visible in a 1905 Sanborn map. As they also show a "circa 1900" picture in the book, showing the church before renovation, I would say that the work was done sometime between 1900 and 1903.

Feel free to contact me directly if you need more information.

Sandusky Library Archives Research Center said...

Oops, I should have read more carefully. . . . A caption on a photo in the church history book reads: "By 1902, Father Thomas P. Lamb had overseen the building of a new rectory, the thirty-five foot extension of the church toward Tiffin Avenue, and the addition of a new square tower."

Jeffrey Smith said...

Thank you. I'm not able to get out much, for research, at the moment, but everyone I asked agreed that the original church was still in there somewhere. I'll be posting on the solution of the mystery at Catholic Architecture and History of Toledo, Ohio this evening.
I'm sure I'll be in touch, as questions arise. Sandusky is fortunate to have three excellent parish churches.