About the Heritage Center Building
More than a century old, and previously Springfield’s City Hall and Marketplace, the Heritage Center has become the home for Springfield and Clark County’s heritage. Priceless mementos have been assembled to open an exciting window on generations of fascinating history.
The Heritage Center exhibit galleries, an archive and research library, meeting facilities, a museum store, the Springfield Arts Council, United Way, the Office of Veterans Services, and Un Mundo Cafe are all housed in the Heritage Center of Clark County.
The Heritage Center of Clark County occupies a 50 feet by 462 feet, 56,000 square foot, brick and stone building in the center of downtown Springfield, originally constructed in 1890 for city offices and a farmers market. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites
The architect of the building was Charles Creager, a native of Springfield, who also designed St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Clark County Courthouse and the old downtown Post Office. The architectural style is known as Richardsonian Romanesque. The distinguishing characteristics of this style include broad roof planes, uniform rock-faced exterior finishes, decorative flashing ridges, eaves close to the walls, short and squat chimneys, corbels, deep-set windows and large, arched entryways without columns or piers for support.
- Over 13,000 square feet of modern, permanent exhibitions and 3,000 square feet of rotating exhibit galleries on the first and second floors.
- Multi-purpose meeting rooms and rental spaces in the Crabill Discovery Hall and Hellmuth Rotating Gallery.”
- Modern archives and library resource center for students, researchers and genealogists, located on the East end, third floor.
- Administration offices, volunteer support areas, collections storage and laboratory space to support museum operations. Located on the East end, second floor.
- Offices for the Clark County Veterans’ Support Services, located on the West end, third floor. (937-328-2482)
- Offices for the United Way of Clark County, located on the West end, second floor. (937-324-5551)
- Offices for the Springfield Arts Council, located on the East end, first floor. (937-324-2712)
- Un Mundo Cafe, serves specialty coffee and tea, flavored sodas, sandwiches and soups. Located on the East end, first floor. (937-323-CAFE)
- Snow Cove Shaved Ice and Ice Cream Shop. Open seasonally June-September. Located on the East end, first floor.
Permanent Exhibitions Include:
- The National Road Gallery ~ Traces the development of America’s first “interstate highway.”
- Clash of Cultures ~ Recalls the fate of the rich Woodland culture.
- Opening of Ohio ~ Recounts the experiences of early settlement.
- Agriculture and Industry ~ Showcases the ingenuity that fostered Clark County growth.
- In Service to the Nation ~ Honors the service of Clark Countians in American conflicts.
- Archaeology in Clark County
- From Clark County to Washington, D.C.: Service in the Nation’s Capitol
Click HERE to see photographs of past exhibits and to find our more about our exhibit galleries.