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Mansfield in Richland County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Ohio State Reformatory

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
1. The Ohio State Reformatory Marker
Inscription.  Designed by architect Levi T. Scofield, the Ohio State Reformatory opened its doors in 1896 as a facility to rehabilitate young male offenders through hard work and education. A self-sufficient institution with its own power plant and working farm, the reformatory produced goods in its workshops for other state institutions and provided opportunities for inmates to learn trades. As social attitudes towards crime hardened in the mid-twentieth century, it became a maximum-security facility. The six-tier East Cell Block is the largest known structure of its kind. Considered substandard by the 1970s, The Ohio State Reformatory closed in 1990. It has served since as a setting for several major motion pictures. This Mansfield landmark was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
 
Erected 2001 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-70.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education
The Ohio State Reformatory and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
2. The Ohio State Reformatory and Marker
LandmarksNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 40° 46.996′ N, 82° 30.176′ W. Marker is in Mansfield, Ohio, in Richland County. Marker is on Reformatory Road, in the median. Entrance to the old reformatory is actually off Crawford Avenue North. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield OH 44905, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lt. Col. Jared Mansfield (approx. 1.8 miles away); First Religious Service (approx. 1.8 miles away); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mansfield Blue Star Mothers War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Richland County Korean War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 1.8 miles away); Allen J. (A. J.) Vandayburg (approx. 1.8 miles away); Richland County World War I Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mansfield.
 
Also see . . .  Ohio State Reformatory. The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society website. (Submitted on July 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,202 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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May. 29, 2020