Photos by historymike
(Toledo, OH) One of my favorite historic buildings in Toledo is the Pythian Castle, located on the corner of Jefferson and Ontario.
The building derived its name from the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization that built the structure in 1890.
The building has been vacant since the 1970s when it used to house an art and music community.
The building needs a roof, and much of the interior has been stripped for scrap metal. Yet the Pythian Castle remains one of the most beautiful buildings in Toledo, and awaits an owner with the cash and vision to refurbish it.
Left: Ornate details abound on the exterior of the Pythian Castle
On the day I visited the Castle there were three men completing some sort of transaction on the front steps. They eyed me suspiciously, but continued to conduct business as I took photos.
Dealers and addicts are just temporary visitors to the Castle. Perhaps I will live to see the day when the Gothic structure is once again a thriving building, and when its 185-foot turrets gleam in the summer sun.