For a century Toledo has been known as the Glass City due to the importance of Toledo to America’s glass industry. The influence of glass extended not only to employment and economics of Northwest Ohio, but also to the culture and civic pride of the community. The power of this influence can still be experienced at the Toledo Museum of Art and the Glass Pavilion.
The Glass Pavilion is a remarkable combination of art and architecture, with a foundation built as much on history as it is on concrete. As visitors walk the corridors and galleries of this seemingly simple and transparent building, most have no idea of the structure’s architectural achievements or its historic significance. The Glass Pavilion is not only made of glass, it was ultimately made possible by glass.
Explore the glass manufacturing industry, the Studio Glass Movement and the remarkable history of philanthropy that put Toledo on the map, and continues to keep our region in the forefront of design and architecture.