AN ARCHITECTURAL TOUR OF MILAN OHIO
The focus of this particular tour is architecture, the many styles and how to tell them apart. We also throw in a little history about some of the houses.
The Village of Milan is located in Erie County, on the Huron River, about 12 miles southeast of Sandusky. The main part of the village is located on Route 113, east off Route 250 passes through the middle of this quaint and beautiful community.
Milan has an incredible selection of historic homes, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, part of the village was designated as the Milan Historic District and features lovely Greek Revival, Second Empire, and Italianate Architectural Styles, constructed between 1825-1849, 1850-1874, and 1875-1899. On the North side is the Mitchell Historic District. While Milan has a treasure trove of historic homes, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places, this tour touches on the history of only a few of these houses.
Download this map of Milan to help you find each street.
Guide To Milan Architectural Styles an explanation of each of the styles that you will find while exploring Milan’s architecture.
When John Blakeman, the photographer and style annotator of the photos here, first contacted us, he envisioned a tour clustered by style – but that would have randomly taken you down every street in the town, just to double back to see the next style. So, we reorganized it into streets. Even if you are not interested in the details of the architecture – it is still a treat to explore the various streets and see the wonderful variety of houses.
We also provided a few links that will explain a little more about the history of many of these houses and the people who built them.
BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE! The Milan Museum has compiled another tour of Historic Milan. You can see old photos and read about some of Milan’s most historic buildings HERE. There is a PDF of this tour on the site that you can download too.