Monday, May 11, 2015

Downtown Canton On A Lazy Saturday

Written: Andrew Livelsberger
Photography:  Andrew Livelsberger

Background:
We visit downtown Canton on a Saturday afternoon to see all the sites of this northeastern Ohio city.  We took a road trip to see the McKinley Museum and Memorial and decided to branch out a bit and explore the downtown area as well.

Impression:
Not knowing a lot about the downtown area, we did some exploring on our first night there.  There are lots of beautiful churches, the art district has some great sites to see.  The Palace Theatre is a good stop as is the interesting architecture of the Stark County Courthouse.

Downtown looks to be a city on transition.  There are abandoned store fronts and buildings intermixed with active businesses, which leads me to believe that the city might be actively working to rebuild.

Please take note:  According to the locals, Stark County claims to have a funding issue when it comes to road repair.  I'm not sure what the case is, but I have to say that once we got off interstates 71 and 77 in Stark County, the potholes are like running into a minefield!  I've lost 2 tires and possibly 2 rims during our trip.  If you visit anywhere in Stark County, please be cautious and don't take your eyes off the road for a second.

Lets take a look:

St. Peter's Church
726 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, Ohio 44702

Located directly behind the Stark County Public Library, St. Peter's Church is a wonderful structure.


Canton Arts District
Information about the area can be found HERE.

Sculptures can be found on various street corners, sides of buildings are decorated with 2D and 3D art installations unique eateries and galleries abound.  Even on the relatively low traffic day we visited Canton, the art alone is worth the look.  Some truly unique art can be found here.





Stark County Courthouse
115 Central Plaza North
Canton, Ohio 44702

We have an architecture theme going here and for good reason.  Canton has a lot of unique buildings!  The Stark County Courthouse was designed in 1895 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The tower, adorned with angels is very striking.


Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Company
137 Walnut Ave NE
Canton, Ohio 44702
Website

Not your chain coffee shop and it shows in the employees and the beverages.  They can make you just about anything with their extensive inventory.  I had a Chai tea Latte and it was probably the best one I've ever had, BAR NONE!


Plenty of locals enjoying the fair and facilties, definitely a place to stop if you are in the area.  We walked there from the arts district in just a few minutes.


Palace Theatre
605 Market Avenue N
Canton, Ohio 44702

The Palace Theatre is considered the cornerstone of the Canton Arts District.  We did not get a chance to go into the theatre, but it has such a presence, even from the outside!


Various Downtown Places
There were plenty of sites to see walking around the downtown while going from place to place we visited above.