Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster
Art Exhibits in Fairfield County, Ohio
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
145 East Main St
Lancaster Ohio 43130
Phone: (740) 681-1423
Center Hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, every 1st Friday of the month 1:00 to 7 p.m. Closed Mondays and on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day
The Decorative Arts Center built circa 1834 was the home of William James Reese, three time mayor of Lancaster, Ohio and his wife, Elizabeth Sherman Reese, the sister of Civil War General William T. Sherman, whose birthplace is next door.
The center features Greek Revival and Eastlake decor as well as the art gallery. A winding spiral staircase leads to the gallery. For those who are challenged by stairs, an elevator allows access to the upper and lower levels.
See their website for current exhibits.
Fairfield County District Library 3rd Floor Gallery
Main Library, 219 N. Broad Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Phone: (740) 653-2745
Third Floor Gallery Hours
Tuesdays-Thursdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sundays: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Effinger Door and Fanlights
Lancaster was noted for the artistic and fine houses built from 1814 to 1845. The Samuel Effinger house which was built in 1816-20 was one of the these. It was a Georgian paragon design. In 1929, the house was dismantled to make way for the expansion of modern Lancaster. Some of its architectural gems were displayed in the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. The Fairfield Heritage Association donated the items to the Fairfield County District Library. January 1980
First Floor at Main Library
The doorway exemplifies the transition from late Georgian to Greek Revival. Many famous persons passed through the doorway. Now displayed on the first floor of the Fairfield County District Library that leads into the Historical Room.
The beautiful fanlight is typical of the Georgian period - has free-standing Ionic columns which marked the advent of the Greek Revival forms at the end of the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
See their website or call the library for their current exhibit.