Architects of the Athens Asylum: The Architectural and Sculptural Legacy of Levi Tucker Scofield

Date(s) - February 22, 2018
6:00 pm

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00pm, Executive Director Tom O’Grady will present; Architects of the Athens Asylum: The Architectural and Sculptural Legacy of Levi Tucker Scofield, a program that will focus on the extraordinary genius of architects Levi T. Scofield and Herman Haerlin.

SOHC members: free
Non-members adults: $7
Seniors 65+: $5
Youth 12-18: $5
Children under 12: free

Light snacks will be served.

A master-builder, Levi Scofield designed a number of the largest public buildings in Ohio in the 19th century. These included school buildings, asylums, orphan’s homes, penitentiaries, and federal buildings. He designed two major sculptural works, first viewed at the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago, which now occupy a couple of the more precious pieces of real estate in Ohio, the Statehouse grounds in Columbus and the Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio. Scofield designed homes for Euclid Avenue millionaires in Cleveland and was one of the few golfing partners with classmate John D. Rockefeller. Most of the legacy of this Ohioan has been demolished. Only a couple of these endangered treasures remain. His first work, undertaken at the age of 26, was the Athens Asylum, the largest building in Ohio at the time of its construction. It still stands today.

The destruction of such historic and amazing architectural achievement, such as Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital and Parsippany is a stark reminder that if we don’t advocate for the preservation of these natural treasures, they will slowly disappear from the landscape.

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