WOMEN’S BUILDING

110 Columbus Avenue

Womens Building - Erie County Ohio Historical Society

Womens Building - Erie County Ohio Historical Society

Women’s Building, 1913-1920. Image courtesy of Sandusky Library Archives Research Center

Upon completion in 1874, shops and offices occupied 110 Columbus Avenue for a number of years.

Between 1913 and 1921 it was known as the Women’s Building; in part a product of a bygone era and in part ahead of its time, it served as a women’s shelter, training center, and cafeteria. The building provided a venue for women to learn new crafts and sell them. The site also provided a place for farm women to gather as their male relatives conducted business in the city.

Interestingly, use of the building specifically for women ended the year after the ratification of the nineteenth amendment which gave women the right to vote.