The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Diocese of Toledo Architectural Plans, 1912-49

MSS-069

Size: .5 lin. Ft.

Access: Open

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by:  Laurie Winters, Spring 1983

Reformatted by: Arjun Sabharwal, February 2010; Patrick Cook, November 2011

Scope and Content note

 The Diocese of Toledo Architectural Plans collection consists of plans, drawings, and other materials relating to the construction of several diocesan buildings, most notably the Holy Rosary Cathedral. The collection also includes plans for the Holy Rosary Cathedral Tower (which was never built), the Holy Rosary School, the Bishop's House, St. Francis DeSales Cathedral School, and a Priest's House. Also included in the collection are eight drawings of the Holy Rosary Cathedral, and other related descriptions of the Cathedral. The collection spans the period from 1912 to 1949, and there are no restrictions on its use.

Architectural Terms

Blueprint: The blueprinting method, sometimes called the "iron process," has been in use for more than 125 years. Invented in England in 1840, it was introduced into this country shortly afterward. The blueprint is essentially a negative process, for it produces prints with white lines on a dark blue background. Drawings on translucent paper are placed directly over sensitized paper and fed into the blueprint machine. An ultraviolet light in the machine penetrates the translucent areas of the drawing as ft passes through exposing the sensitive chemical on the paper below but not affecting the areas directly below flatwork. Blueprints are economical in cost, stand up comparatively well under normal light, and resist aging.

Architectural Plan: A graphic diagram showing a building’s layout on a horizontal plane. These diagrams usually depict a specific area. Some of the more common include floor(s) plans, roof plans, basement plans, and foundation plans.

Architectural Elevation: Elevations show the vertical surface of a building. Generally, they depict the true exterior appearance of the building. They are usually drawn to the same scale as the plan, and thus are exact views of each side of the building. Doors, windows, roof shapes, cornice treatment, trim chimneys, and exterior materials are all shown realistically on the elevations so as to provide the builders with a finished appearance.

Details: Details are isolated or individual section views that give detailed, technical information about the construction. Details usually appear in the upper right end left corners of the blueprint. They are frequently used to provide further information on such areas of construction as stairways, doors, and window casements.

Plot Plan: A plot plan gives how a building is to be placed on the property, how it is to be approached from the road, how the surface o£ the land may bays to be modified to utilize it best, and finally a complete legal description of the lot.

Specifications: In general, specifications are the written description of the construction prepared by the architect or engineer. Specifications are meant to amplify information found on the drawings, but more specific information about the items is given to clarify and define it. For example, the drawing may show a callout for concrete on a wall detail; the specs under the concrete section, would then state the type, aggregate size, ultimate strength, etc… of the concrete, as well as how the concrete is to be formed, placed, cured, and finished, Basically, specs are divided Into two major parts, General Conditions and Technical Sections.

General Conditions: General conditions deal with the preliminary aspects of the job, such as bidding requirements, terms of agreement, insurance, responsibility for permits, payments of the work, supervision, and temporary utilities.

Technical Sections: Technical sections, on the other hand, deal with the actual construction and the trade-work involved. Technical information concerning heating, plumbing, etc… is placed in these sections in so far as possible so that each type of work done by one subcontractor will be found in one section.

Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral

Box/Folder Inventory


Box

Folder

Description

   

1

 

Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral

 

1

 

Articles of the General Conditions, 1912

     

Miscellaneous

 

2

   

Report on Guegeon and Turner

         

Properties, Nov. 17, 1917

 

3

   

Subscription for New Catholic Church in

         

Muntanna, Ohio, n.d.

 

4

   

“Builders of Ohio”, Vol. II,

         

Architects Publishing Co., n.d.

 

5

   

“The Cathedral of Toledo”

         

(Dedication Brochure), [1940]

 

6

   

“Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral -

         

Toledo, Ohio”

         

(By Sister Mary Veronica at Mary Manse

         

College for use in Fine Art Classes), n.d.

 

7

   

“Dedication Oct. 1-2” Newsclipping --

         

Toledo Sunday Times (Pictorial Section)

         

September 29, 1940

NOTE: All of the above items are located in Range 4.

Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral

Architectural Plans (stored in tubes) - Inventory

Plan no.

Description

Date

Scale

Size

Copies

(tube 1)

conveyance of properties

undated

no scale

19" x 16"

1

 

plat of property

7/5/1923

1" = 25'0

26" x 24"

2

(tube 2)

proposed cathedral: first floor plan

1912

1/16" = 1'0

24 1/2" x 24'

1

(tube 3)

proposed cathedral: basement floor plan

undated

1/8" = 1'0

28" x 39 1/2"

1

 

proposed cathedral: triforium plan

"

"

"

"

 

proposed cathedral: clerestory plan

"

"

"

"

(tube 4)

         

501

first floor plan

11/22/1928

1/8" = 1'0

29" x 40"

1

502

triforium plan

"

"

"

"

503

clerestory plan

"

"

"

"

504

roof space plan

"

"

"

"

505

miscellaneous sections

"

"

"

"

(tube 5)

         

506

miscellaneous sections

11/22/1928

1/8" = 1'0

29" x 40"

1

507

details of lower nave

"

1 1/2" = 1'0

"

"

508

details of upper nave

"

"

"

"

509

1 1/2" scale of plans of nave &   sanctuary

"

"

"

"

510

1 1/2" scale details of nave & sanctuary

"

"

"

"

(tube 6)

         

511

arches and metal work

11/22/1928

1 1/2" = 1'0

29" x 40"

1

512

details of vestibule, nave, & gallery

"

1/2" = 1'0

"

"

513

plan and elevations of main vestibule

"

"

"

"

514

details of epistle & gospel aisles

"

"

"

"

515

details of gospel aisle & office

"

"

"

"

516

detail of nave ceiling panels

"

1/4" = 1'0

"

"

517

details of baptistry & north vestibule

"

1/2" = 1'0

29" x 53"

"

(tube 7)

         

518

details of baptistry

11/22/1928

1/2" = 1'0

29" x 40"

1

519

details of sanctuary, ambulatory, etc.

"

"

"

"

520

plans of stair hall "C"

"

"

"

"

521

elevations & sections of stair hall "C"

"

"

"

"

522

detail of bays and working sacristies

"

"

"

"

523

detail of north vestry & priests' toilet

"

"

"

"

524

detail of south vestry & sancristy entrance

"

"

"

"

(tube 8)

         

525

details of priests' sacristy

11/22/1928

1/2" = 1'0

29" x 53"

1

526

details of priests' sacristy

"

"

29" x 40"

"

527

details of stair hall "A," "B," "C," and "D"

"

"

"

"

528

details of south vestibule and passage

"

"

29" x 46"

"

529

details of organ space

"

"

"

"

530

details of choir gallery

"

"

"

"

531

details of stair hall "A"

"

"

29" x 53"

"

(tube 9)

         

532

details of stair hall "B"

11/22/1928

1/2" = 1'0

29" x 53"

1

533

details of organ gallery

"

"

29" x 40"

"

534

choir room & rest rooms in basement

"

several

"

"

535

details of basement toilet rooms

"

1/2" = 1'0

"

"

536

details of windows

"

1" = 1'0

"

"

537

scale & details of windows

"

1/2" = 1'0

"

"

538

details of basement doors

"

"

"

"

(tube 10)

         

539

miscellaneous door details & schedules

11/22/1928

1 1/2" = 1'0

29" x 40"

1

540

details of steel sash & glazing

"

1/2" = 1'0

"

"

541

details of steel sash & glazing

"

several

"

"

542

detail of metal screens and louvers

"

several

"

"

543

detail of metal grilles

"

1" = 1'0

"

"

544

details of interior grilles

"

several

"

"

545

layout of marble floors

"

1/8" = 1'0

"

"

(tube 11)

         

546A

typical section thro-ceiling panel

11/22/1928

1 1/2" = 1'0

25" x 14"

1

 

pencil drawing of light on brown paper

undated

no scale

22" x 25 1/2"

"

 

pencil drawing of landscaping on tissue paper

"

"

24" x 17"

"

 

pencil drawing of landscaping on tissue paper

"

"

35 1/2" x 17"

"

 

(5) pencil drawings of plot plan on tissue paper

"

"

19" x 12"

"

 

(4) pencil drawings of plot plan on tissue paper

"

"

19" x 31"

"

Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral

Architectural Drawings - Inventory

 

Description

Media

Date

Size

Copies

^ 1.

frontal view of cathedral &  proposed tower

india ink & wash

undated

28 1/2" x 37 1/2"

1

^ 2.

view of cathedral apse and proposed tower

charcoal

undated

18 1/2" x 24"

1

^ 3.

interior view of cathedral nave

pencil

1917

20" x 30"

1

^ 4.

exterior view of cathedral & proposed tower with a cross-sectional view of cathedral apse

india ink & wash

undated

33 1/2" x 21 1/2"

1

^ 5.

exterior view of "lady chapel" and proposed tower

charcoal

n.d.

25 1/2" x 16 1/4"

1

^ 6.

floor plan of cathedral

india ink & wash

n.d.

33" x 22 1/4"

1

^ 7.

frontal view of cathedral & proposed tower with correction

charcoal

[1919]

18 1/2" x 24"

1

^ 8.

frontal view of cathedral & proposed tower

india ink & wash

n.d.

28 1/2" x 37"

1

* = oversize cabinet
^ = oversize area
** = locked cabinet

Notes on the Cathedral Architectural Plans:

Building: Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral

Architect: John T. Comes (Pittsburgh, Penn.)

Associate Architects:  William Richard Perry and Mills, Rhines, Bellman, and Nordhoff, Architects (Toledo, Ohio)

Landscape Architect: Milton Lee Moore (Toledo, Ohio)

Location: Corner off Islington Avenue and Collingwood, Toledo, Ohio

Blueprint Date: Dates vary from 1912 to April 30, 1926

Blueprint Material: Paper unless otherwise indicated

Tower for the Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral

Box/Folder Inventory

Box

Folder

Description

1

 

Tower for the Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral

 

8^

 

Cathedral Tower Specifications, n.d.

*=oversize cabinet
^=oversize area
**=locked cabinet

Tower for the Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral

Architectural Plans (stored in tubes) – Inventory

Plan no.

Description

Date

Scale

Size

Copies

(tube 1)

         

22

plan sections & elevations of stairway &  passage

2/16/1927

1/8" = 1'0

26 1/2" x 21 1/2"

2

23

plan of tower floor levels

"

"

25" x 42"

"

24

east, north, west, and south elevations

"

"

30" x 10"

"

25

section thru south elevation and 1/2"  scale details of upper tower

"

1/2" = 1'0

31" x 62"

"

26

elevation and section, landing plan, section thru stairs, detail of col. Splice,  wind bracing panel, etc.

"

several

24" x 41 1/2"

"

27

plan of tower floor levels

"

1/4" = 1'0

24" x 40"

"

Notes on the Tower Architecture:

Building: Tower for the Queen of the Holy Rosary Cathedral

Architect: John T. Comes, William Richard Perry, and McMullen (Pittsburgh, Penn,)

Location: The tower was to be part of the Cathedral structure but due to a lack of funding it was never built.

Blueprint Date: February 16, 1927

Blueprint Material: Paper

Holy Rosary School

Box/Folder Inventory

Box     Folder  Description

 1                     Holy Rosary School
             9^                   General Contract Specifications
                                                (With Index), n.d.
            10^                  Mechanical Specifications
                                                (With Index), n.d.

*-oversize cabinet
^=oversize area
**=locked cabinet

Holy Rosary School

Architectural Plans (stored in tubes) – Inventory

Plan no.

Description

Date

Scale

Size

Copies

(tube 1)

         

1

first floor plan

2/28/1938

1/8" = 1'0

18" x 24"

1

2

second floor plan

"

"

"

"

3

third floor plan

"

"

"

"

4

cross section and south

"

"

"

"

 

elevation

       

5

west elevation

"

"

"

"

(tube 2)

         

1

basement floor plan

6/1/1938

1/4" = 1'0

40" x 50"

1

2

first floor plan

"

"

"

"

3

second floor plan

"

"

"

"

4

north and South

"

no scale

"

"

 

elevations

       

5

west elevation

"

no scale

"

"

6

east; elevation

"

no scale

"

"

7

cross section "A-A,"

"

several

"

"

 

“B-B,”  "C-C"

       

8

sections "D-D" & "E-E"

"

several

"

"

(tube 3)

         

9

longitudinal section

6/1/1938

several

40" x 50"

1

10

door details

"

several

"

"

11

window schedules &

"

several

"

"

 

details

       

12

details of exterior

"

1 1/2" = 1'0

"

"

13

wiring diagram, plot plan

"

several

"

"

14

heating diagrams, sea,

"

several

"

"

15

foundation 1st f1oor

"

several

"

"

 

framing

       

16

2nd floor & roof framing

"

several

"

"

Notes on the Holy Rosary School Architecture:

Building: Holy Rosary School

Architect: William Richard Perry (Toledo, Ohio)

Location: Corner of Islington Avenue and Collingwood, Toledo, Ohio

Blueprint Date: June 1, 1938

Blueprint Material: Paper

Episcopal Residence and Chancery

Box/Folder Inventory

Box     Folder  Description

 1                     Episcopal Residence and Chancery
            11^                  Specifications for Cement Pavement, n.d.

 

*=oversize cabinet
^=oversize area
**=locked cabinet

Episcopal Residence and Chancery

Architectural Plans (stored in tubes) – Inventory

Plan no

Description

Date

Scale

Size

Copies

(tube 1)

         

0

basement plan (heating only)

7/26/1912

1/4" = 1'0

35" x 24"

1

1

basement plan

"

"

"

2

2

first floor plan

"

"

"

"

3

second floor plan

"

"

"

"

4

third floor plan

"

"

"

"

5

plan of roof

"

"

"

"

6

front elevation

"

"

"

"

(tube 2)

         

7

right and left side elevation

7/26/1912

1/4" = 1'0

35" x 24"

2

8

rear elevation

"

"

"

"

9

details for all cupboards and

"

1/2" = 1'0

"

"

 

casements

       

10

elevations of fireplaces

"

no scale

"

"

11

elevations of fireplaces,

"

several

"

"

 

doors & stairs

       

12

details of front view

"

3/4" = 1'0

"

"

(tube 3)

         
 

first floor plan

undated

no scale

10" x 7 1/2"

1

 

second floor plan

"

"

9" x 7 1/2"

"

 

third floor plan

"

"

9 1/2" x 7 1/2"

"

 

first floor plan

"

1/16" = 1'0

11" x 8 1/2"

"

 

second floor plan

"

"

"

"

 

third floor plan

"

no scale

"

"

 

basement plan

"

1/8" = 1'0

15 1/2" x 12"

"

 

plan of first floor

"

"

16" x 12"

"

 

second floor plan

"

no scale

"

"

 

third floor plan

"

1/8" = 1'0

"

"

 

front elevation

"

"

"

"

 

rear elevation

"

no scale

"

"

 

east elevation

"

"

"

"

 

west elevation

"

"

16" x 12"

"

100

1/8" layout & 1/2" detail of

2/19/1916

several

17 1/2" x 12"

2

 

sidewalk

       
 

elevation of arcades

8/20/1915

1/4" = 1'0

28" x 15 1/2"

1

 

elevation of arcades

"

"

"

"

G1

basement plan

1/23/1926

"

36" x 24"

"

1

east elevation on linen

2/11/1927

"

34" x 22 1/2"

"

2

north elevation on linen

"

"

30" x 20"

"

3

front view with landscaping

2/16/1927

no scale

32 1/2" x 18 1/2"

"

 

on linen

       

(tube 4)

         
 

first floor plan on tissue

undated

no scale

33" x 18 1/2"

1

 

second floor plan on tissue

"

"

32 1/2" x 18"

"

 

front elevation on tissue

"

"

"

"

 

right and left side elevation

"

"

34 1/2" x 18"

"

2

3/4" scale detail capitals,

8/25/1915

3/4" = 1'0

36 1/2" x 21"

"

 

bases, & brackets

       

10

proposed alterations to

1946

no scale

24 1/2" x 17"

 
 

chancery office

       
 

chancery gutter

10/15/1949

no scale

34" x 25 1/2"

"

Notes on the Episcopal Residence and Chancery Architecture:

Building: Episcopal Residence & Chancery

Architect: John T. Comes (Pittsburgh, Penn.)

Associate Architect: Mills, Rhines, Bellman and Nordhoff, Architects (Toledo, Ohio); John D, Macelwene (Toledo, Ohio); Britsch & Munger (Toledo, Ohio); and The Fred Christen & Sons Co. (Toledo, Ohio)

Location: 2544 Parkwood Avenue, Toledo, 0hio (The architectural plans indicate that the Episcopal Residence was originally to be part of the cathedral complex on the corner of Islington and Collingwood; however, by 1926 the site was changed in favor of its present location on
Parkwood Avenue.)

Blueprint Date: Dates vary from July 26, 1912, to October 15, 1949.

Blueprint Material: Paper unless otherwise indicated.

St Francis DeSales Cathedral School

Architectural Plans (Stored in tubes) – Inventory

Plan no.

Diagram

Date

Scale

Size

Copies

(tube 1)

         

2

basement plan

2-13

1/8" = 1'0

18" x 30"

1

3

first floor plan

"

"

"

"

(tube 2)

         

4

second floor plan

"

"

"

"

5

third floor plan

"

"

"

"

(tube 3)

         

6

roof plan

"

"

"

"

7

front & rear elevation

"

"

"

"

(tube 4)

         

8

left side elevation

"

"

"

"

9

right side elevation

"

"

"

"

(tube 5)

         

10

longitudinal section

"

"

"

"

11

cross section & plan of mullion

"

"

"

"

(tube 6)

         

12

first floor framing

"

"

"

"

13

second floor framing

"

"

"

"

(tube 7)

         

14

third floor framing

"

"

"

"

15

roof framing

"

"

"

"

16

column schedule

"

"

"

"

Notes on the St. Francis DeSales Cathedral School Architecture:

Building: St. Francis DeSales Cathedral School

Architect: John T. Comes (Pittsburgh, Penn.)

Associate Architect: Joseph C. Huber, Jr. (Toledo, Ohio)

Location: 806 Huron St., Toledo, Ohio

Blueprint Date: February 1913

Blueprint Material: Linen and Paper

Priest’s House

Architectural Plans (stored in tubes) – Inventory

Alterations and Additions

 

Plan no.

Description

Date

Scale

Size

Copies

1

plan of basement

7/24/1920

1/4" = 1'0

26 1/2" x 20 1/2"

1

2

plan of first floor

"

"

"

"

3

plan of second floor

"

"

"

"

1

plan of basement on tissue

"

"

27" x 20 1/2"

"

2

plan of first floor on tissue

"

"

"

"

3

plan of second floor on tissue

"

"

"

"

Notes on Priest’s House Architecture:

Building: Priest’s House

Architect: Edward Thal & Steve M. Jokel (Toledo, Ohio)

Location: Corner of Melrose St. & Collingwood Avenue

Blueprint Date: July 24, 1920

Blueprint Material: Paper unless otherwise indicated

 

 

 

Last Updated: 1/3/12