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Renovation work at long-vacant Toledo landmark is well underway

By Lissa Guyton |  

TOLEDO (WTVG) – It’s certainly one of the most recognizable buildings in downtown Toledo. After sitting empty for decades, renovation work on the Pythian Castle is well underway.

13abc’s Lissa Guyton was given an exclusive look at the progress Wednesday.  The castle was built in 1890 for the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization and secret society. After changing hands a number of times, it’s been vacant since the 1970s. Dave Ball bought the castle in 2016.

Ball first fell in love with the castle in 1982 when he was working as a young commercial real estate agent. Fast forward to 2016 — that’s when Ball bought the building from the Lucas County Land Bank for $300.

He also bought the old Greyhound bus station next door. There will eventually be a new tenant in that building, but right now it’s a staging area for crews working on the castle.

At this point you can’t see a lot of the progress from the street, but major renovation work has been done. The outside is being restored to the way it was, and the inside is being redone from top to bottom.

Ball has done a lot of projects in the city, but this one may be his favorite.

“I knew it would be a challenge, I knew this project would be tough and expensive,” Ball said. “It has certainly been all of that, but at the end of the day I will be proud to see the building occupied. There is nothing like it in this city. To have it removed from our skyline would have been a real loss.”

Dave’s brother Dean is the project manager. He is proud to be helping his brother bring the old building back to its former glory.

“It is a spectacular building,” he said. “A lot of people are excited to see what we are doing with it. Dave and I have restored a lot of buildings, but I think this one takes the cake. I am so proud to be part of this project.”

The main focus right now is the roof. That work should be finished by the end of next month. Nothing is set in stone, but there could be commercial and residential space in the building. Dave Ball will begin marketing the space early next year, and he expects to have some of the space occupied in 2020.

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When sweet senior Hartley heard that today was all about him and his fellow pit bulls he was stoked! Surely he would find his forever home on #NationalPitbullAwarenessDay a day that is all about changing the stigma that follows pit bull type dogs. Hartley is as sweet as they come. So far he has spent his day having breakfast, going for a nice walk, some cuddles with a staff member, a little playtime, a few treats, and now a nice nap on the couch. He is off to a great start but has his paws crossed for a great end too, a home with a family to call his own.

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Clyde and his sister Bonnie are looking to steal your heart!

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We took my mom on a “create your festival” for Toledo’s Momentum 2020.
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Art and animals just go together.....

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SAVE THE DATE! 😍 We are thrilled to announce that for the fourth year in a row, Bittersweet will be partnering with two Toledo area @target stores to offer Sensory Friendly Holiday Shopping for the local autism community! 🎄🎁 This festive event will be held on Wednesday, November 18th from 7:00am-8:00am at Target in Rossford and Spring Meadows. 🛒⁠

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It’s Featured Friday! That means we have another gorgeous photo of our local area taken by today’s Featured Friday photographer @frogtownphotos! Definitely check out their amazing work on Instagram and Facebook. All their posted photos are available for purchase as prints! It was hard to choose just one from all the great choices. 📷 Featured Friday also means that our stories today are all about our local community! We’ll be giving shoutouts and tagging our favorite local Instagram accounts. Are we missing a local business you like? Let us know! We’ve been a part of the local community for over 50 years and we are proud to share it! Support your local creatives and businesses. ♥️ #ToledoMe
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The first Community Collaborative artwork designed by lead artist Caroline Jardine is on view at 1114 Adams St. You can spot some of the featured letters from the "Toledo Alphabet Project" by Graphite Design + Build on the same block! Even though Momentum Toledo is wrapping up you can expect to see two additional community collaborations installed next week. ⠀

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