Project Updates - 1920s Main Street

Interior & Exterior Wall Construction

Project Update - Early March 2019
Despite the cold weather, construction continues to progress on our 1920s Main Street project. With the aid of a make-shift Visqueen tent, cement blocks for the gas station/auto dealership are being laid inside the heated area. The East Building is taking shape while interior and exterior walls are now going up for the West Building which will include a soda shop, candy shop, speak easy, theater, grocery, dry goods and fire station. Supplies have been arriving for the re-routing of the train track, with work to begin soon. More updates will follow as the project progresses… stay tuned!


Walls Being Built!

Project Update - February 2019
If you drive by Sauder Village you’ve probably noticed a lot of work taking place at the 1920 Main Street site. The walls are going up for the Building on the east side of the Main Street which will plan to include a hardware store, jewelry store and bank. Construction is also continuing on the Livery at the south end of the Main Street. Here are a few pictures of the recent progress. Stay tuned for more updates as construction continues this winter!


Livery Taking Shape!

Project Update - January 2019
Contractors have been busy working on the Livery located at the south end of our 1920s Main Street Community. A bit of history . . . The Livery was an essential business, serving as a "parking garage and gas station" for farmer's horses when coming into town. It also provided a place to rent a buggy and had a blacksmith for necessary repair work and horse shoeing. While many families still used horses for transportation in the 1920s, a growing trend in affordable motorized vehicles would change the need for the traditional livery business within the decade.


School & Dr. McGuffin's Office on the Move

Project Update - December 2018
What an amazing site to see two historic buildings being moved down the road this morning! Our District 16 School and Dr. McGuffin’s Office were safely moved to our 1920s Main Street Community and will be placed on their foundations soon!


Construction Begins on Next Phase of 1920s Main Street Community


Project Update - December 2018

Sauder Village has begun work on Phase Two of the 1920s Main Street Community with contractors working on site preparation, building relocation and new construction to continue the replication of a 1920s Main Street typical to Northwest Ohio.

“Thanks to funding from the Ohio State Capital Appropriations and other generous supporters, steps to begin construction of Phase 2 of our 1920s Main Street Community are now possible,” shared Debbie Sauder David, President and CEO. “This phase will include moving of the District 16 School and Dr. McGuffin’s Office to their appropriate place along the timeline as well as constructing the foundations and exteriors of the east and west Main Street Buildings. A 1920s gas station and auto dealership is also being built.”

While funding has been secured to begin construction, partners are still needed to complete the project. 

“From a soda fountain, candy shop, theater and grocery store to a fire station, bank, hardware store and more . . . we are excited about our plans for the continued development of our 1920s Main Street Community,” shared Andy Brodbeck, Director of Development. “When you think about how generous people have been, it is truly humbling, and we are so grateful for all the needed support that continues to come in to help make this project a reality.”  

The Walk Through Time at Sauder Village has been developed over the past 16 years with the help of staff, volunteers, contractors, donors and capital funding. Guests can experience more than 120 years of Great Black Swamp history while traveling from Natives and Newcomers to Pioneer Settlement, The Grime Homestead, and soon even more of the 1920s.
“We continue to look for new ways to immerse guests in authentic experiences that make history relevant to our lives today,” Debbie David added. “We are excited to have contractors beginning their work on this project so that we can move forward with our plans to share even more unique demonstrations and hands-on experiences with our guests as our 1920s Main Street is developed over the next few years.”

Construction Continues This Summer

Project Update - June 2018

June was a busy month at the 1920 Main Street project. We’ve been pouring concrete, building ramps, putting up drywall, working on the bandstand, installing a clock tower and so much more! Visit our website to view a short video update of recent progress made during June!

Construction Continues This Spring


Project Update - April 2018

We began work on the Main Street project over the winter. The Main Street road is being constructed with the necessary water, sewer and electric lines in place for the project.

The Elmira Depot has been moved to its new location, the new Bandstand/Gazebo is being staked out and the foundation & floors have been poured for the new Barbershop and Restrooms.

We're looking forward to sharing the 1920s story in new and exciting ways. Plans are to open this new addition in late summer.



Elmira Depot on the Move

Project Update - January 2018

You don't see this every day… an old-time Train Depot jacked up and being moved to a new home (still at Sauder Village - no worries!) With the ground still quite frozen in mid-January, this building was moved to its new home at our developing 1920s Main Street Community!


Elmira Depot on the move
Elmira Depot moving in parking lot



Toledo Business Journal Shares Our Story

In the News - January 2018
Thank you Toledo Business Journal for sharing a story about the 1920s Main Street Community! Read the full story online: Toledo Business Journal Story


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