University of Toledo

A Walking Tour through history

Our self-guided walking tour will take you through 150 years of University of Toledo history. Visit important locations on the Main and Health Science campuses. Learn about who studies and lives in these buildings, the buildings' architectural significance and how they fit into our UToledo history.

You can take this tour virtually or in person. If you come to campus to explore, each tour stop will have a sidewalk dot with a QR code for you to scan with your phone and learn more about campus.

Enjoy your walk through UToledo history! 

an example of the sidewalk dot with a QR code that visitors can scan to learn more about buildings on the self guided walking tour

Main Campus Locations

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From the time of its founding until 1931, the University of Toledo occupied buildings in various locations in Toledo. In 1928, the Board of Directors hired a new president, Dr. Henry Doermann. He was convinced that the university would never meet its potential until it had a permanent campus.

He led a bond levy campaign in 1928 to raise $2.8 million to purchase land and build a new campus. With the help of students, faculty, and alumni, who knocked on every door in Toledo seeking support, the levy passed in November 1928, less than one year before the stock market crash of 1929.   

A consultant recommended the new campus be built on farmland on Bancroft Street because of the beauty of the property.  

Health Science Locations

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Toledo City Council member Michael Damas led the efforts to re-establish a medical college in Toledo in the 1950s. The original plan called for the college to be built on the University of Toledo campus. The plan was opposed by some because UToledo was still a relatively small, municipal university. 

The Toledo State College of Medicine — later renamed Medical College of Ohio and, after that, Medical University of Ohio — was founded in 1964 as a freestanding, state-supported institution that eventually blossomed into an academic health sciences center.

The Health Science Campus, located three miles south of Main Campus, was constructed starting in the early 1970s. It was built on the site of the former Toledo State Hospital at Arlington and Detroit. The original master plan was developed by Yamasaki & Associates, the same firm that designed the World Trade Center in New York.

UToledo and the Medical University of Ohio merged in July 2006. Our breadth of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs is matched by fewer than 20 U.S. universities across the nation. 

Toledo Museum of Art

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Last Updated: 8/11/22