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* this page brought as a community art project by Gallery 202, Partners in Art, Inc.

West Main Street Bridge
West Main Street Bridge
Final Bridge - photo by Cameron Williams

"Enjoy your detour"© is a program from Gallery 202, Partners in Art, inc.

The first Art (de)Tour –- July 2010 The Main Street Bridge was Closed - look for new (de)tours and more info. - but go ahead and go on the Art (de)tour now!

You’ve just turned down Main Street from Cleveland Ave to go to Uptown Westerville and see that the Main Street bridge is out! Don’t despair – go on an artistic adventure, enjoy your ride and then visit Uptown Westerville.

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Begin on Main Street, just past the entrance to Heritage Park going east towards the 'closed' bridge.....

Start by looking to your left as you pass the Westerville Fire Station #111 and see Sparky, the Fire Dog. Created by Artist, Como Mowers, Sparky was created from a rare Ponderosa tree that needed to be removed from in front of Fire Station 111. Sparky has educated children on fire and emergency safety and prevention on behalf of the national Fire Protection Agency for years.

Sorry but this sculpture has been removed

As you pass The Fire Station, take note of a new park being created – Westerville Fire Fighter’s Memorial. A steel beam from 911, and a special sculpture, 'The Crossing', designed by Cincinnati artists Steve R. Geddes and Bob L. Moore will be erected on this site.

This memorial serves as a tribute to fallen fire fighter David Theisen, and provides all fire fighters, as well as the public, with an inspirational and healing setting in which to celebrate the achievements and contemplate the losses experienced by this dedicated group. For more information, go to (photo by Cameron Williams)

At the stop light turn left into the parking lot. You can watch the progress on the Firefighter’s memorial. Then, look to your right and drive/walk to the Westerville Senior Center. At the north end of the building is a bronze sculpture of a grandfather and little girl sitting out on a bench. We hope it brings many fond memories to you as your enjoy the scenery.

Once back in your car, go straight through the traffic light and head south on Collegeview Road. On your right is Otterbein Communication Building which houses the communication and art programs.

The Art Department coordinates an annual program of public exhibitions in both the Miller Gallery (Art and Communication building, 33 Collegeview Road) and Fisher Gallery (Roush Hall).These exhibitions explore a broad range of approaches to art, introducing the College community to the diversity of the art world. Many exhibiting artists offer lectures or workshops in conjunction with their exhibitions. Graduating art majors also exhibit their work in Miller Gallery during spring quarter.

For more information go to

At the corner of Collegeview Rd and Cooper Rd, (Collegeview dead ends in to Cooper) turn left and circle around to the back of Mt Carmel’s St Ann Campus. You will pass through farm lands and the back end of the Chase Morgan campus.

Turn into the parking lot for St. Ann’s Hospital Medical Buildings. Between the two medical buildings, you will see a glass walkway connecting the two building. Above that walkway, you can see the top portion of the Reflection Garden Mural. The mural was created by staff from the hospital and members of the community under the guidance of artists from Gallery 202, Partners in Art, Inc. mural project

Go through the door on the walkway and you can go into the garden. The garden was designed to help patients, staff and families to find a calming and serene area while in the hospital. As you look west at the mural, turn around and you will see that the mural is reflected in the east windows – hence the name “Reflection Garden.

There are 5 murals created by Gallery 202 through Westerville. You will see two more before the end of the tour. But for more information go to

Mt Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital has artwork through out their building. At the entrance of the Women’s Pavillion from the main hospital is another collage mural created by Gallery 202 artists. Nine panels, created by nine women for women depict a positive aura for the hospital. Go to the gallery 202 website for more information.

Sorry, this piece of artwork has been removed.

Once you are back in your car, travel west around the main hospital to Cleveland Ave. Turn right at the light and go north.

You will Past Heritage Park and the Old Everal Barn. Every second weekend in July is the Westerville Music and Arts Festival. This Festival brings visual artists, musicians, patrons and great food to our community.

A bit of background - Westerville is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, located to the northeastern corner of Franklin County. In 1806, the first settlers to the area came from Connecticut in 1806. Soon many other people arrived. Among these settlers were the Westervelt brothers, who traveled from New York in 1818. By 1838, the population of Blendon Township had grown to approximately nine hundred people. The Westervelts donated land to build a new school, which was named the Blendon Young Men's Seminary. By 1840, the community had grown to the point that it had its own post office, which was named Westerville in the Westervelts's honor.

For more go to Ohio History Central

Go straight through the light (well stop if it is red!) and continue until Old County Line Road. You will see the Westerville Community Center on your right and the soccer fields on your left. You will be turning left at the light.

If you are visiting during Memorial Weekend, Westerville Sunrise Rotary has a special field of Heroes Flag display. In 2010, 2000 flags were displayed on this corner honoring heroes - personal and public. The event lasts only three days but is an incredible and beautiful sight to see day and night. For more information go to

On the first street to your right , Executive Campus Drive, go to 515 Executive Campus Drive. The wind kinetic structure created by Robert Mullins follows the arc of the Big Dippers, handle. Stop and enjoy the gentle swaying movement of this structure.

Now turn right on to Weststar Drive and go left into the parking lot – the back side of 505 Cleveland Avenue, inner courtyard. Next to the doors of the Mac Tool Building, is a unique sign just for Mac Tools. A large wrench is ‘stuck’ halfway in the ground – with the Mac Tool Emblem in its grip. It was contructed by Columbus Sign Company of polished stainless steel.

Go back to Weststar Drive and turn left, then right on to Cleveland Ave, then left at the light for Old County Line Road. We are going in to Westerville Community Center, 350 North Cleveland Avenue.Turn right into the driveway. Depending on when you are visiting us, the community parking lot may be under construction during the 2010 year, but wander to the front of the building and see the kids on the bike statues.

This bronze sculpture created by artist Gary price and he says "What can be more fun than taking a bicycle ride together? I've tried to capture the exuberance of youth and the excitement that comes with getting out and feeling the wind rush by our faces and through our hair."

Once you have smiled at the bycylists, go back to Old County Line Road exit, turn right and head east. You will be turning right at the top of the small incline on West Street. Going towards Otterbein University Campus, you will see the athletic fields on your right. The Otterbein Cardinals- check out all the sports from tennis, football, basketball, baseball and more

At the corner of West Street and Main Street, turn right towards the bridge. On you right, is Astronaut Grove, 290 West Main St.

Artist Kenneth S. Foltz, D.O. created this impressive monument out of Indiana Limestone.

It is dedicated to those who perished aboard the space shuttle Challenge in 1986 and to all astronauats who “reach for the stars”. The 12' column of thirty-three hands supporting the moon were modeled from the hands of a two month old baby to an 88-year old senior citizen and represent the past, present, and future of space exploration.


Across the street from Astronaut Grove is one of the over 580 acres of park land in 46 locations that is part of Westerville Park and Recreation Dept. Our award winning Park and Recreation Department maintains neighborhood, community and school parks; nature preserves; sports complexes; greenways; and all city grounds. Facilities also include managed wetlands, mini parks, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, an amphitheater, fitness station, playgrounds, shelters, restrooms and over 26 miles of bikeways and leisure paths.

Enjoy a fun relaxing visit at our parks any time. Go to

As you go back up Main Street, you will turn right at West Street and pass the Amphitheater. Begun in 2000, this amphitheater provides our community with free Sounds of Summer outdoor events, music, kids events, cover bands, local community band, symphony. Go to calendar to see a schedule of upcoming events/month. If you can stay, bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a summer evening under the stars.

Round the curve and go east to Grove Street. To your left is Roush Hall and across the street is Cowan Hall. Both of these Otterbein Campus Buildings play hosts to great art. Roush Hall housed collections for the Fisher Gallery. And Cowan Hall hosts the theatre department upcoming events.

Turn right on Grove St and go until it dead ends at Walnut Ave. into a Cemetery. As you enter the quiet grounds of the Cemetery, you will see a Mausoleum in front of you. This Mausoleum is only open one day a year. But you can go around it and enjoy the beautiful stained glass windows.

Once back in your car, go back to Walnut Ave. and continue to State St. You will turn Left at the light. On your right side, you will pass our award winning Westerville Public Library. Visual art, music and lots of books about art can be found within its' walls. And if you are interested in History, check out their local history photo collection. They are all on line now on the local history page on the library website. Also check out their main website: Westerville Public Library

The Westerville Art League has open public meetings from May-September

Past the Library and the Dairy Queen is Hanby Arts Magnet School, 56 South State Street. In the front doors is a special stain glass window. A school contest helped to create this unique piece. The stained glass window was made possible by a grant from the Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund of the Columbus Foundation. The stained glass window, using 5 color ranges with Hanby in black in the middle, is designed to be read in the same fashion from both the inside and outside.

Across the street from Hanby is another mural created by Gallery 202 and the public. This mural on the north side of the Westerville Grill, depicts some of the historical buildings that were once a part of Westerville.

Continue North and you will end up in the heart of our beautiful city, Uptown Westerville. Go to Main Street and turn right. Two more murals can be found. The mural on your left was the first mural created by Gallery 202 and over 100 local artists of all ages and abilities came out to help with it’s creation. Just across the street is the second mural on the Westerville Auto building. More information on these murals can be found at

If you come Uptown during the spring, you may see April art banners created by local artists (yes of all ages and abilities), in the summer you will see beautiful baskets full of seasonal flowers from our award winning Park and Recreation Department. From April to September, you can join in the fun for Fourth Fridays celebrating our unique community. In the winter, our trees sparkle with lights as the snow falls.

Listen for music in our restaurants on Friday /Saturday nights, Wander and see small galleries/dance studios, great shoppes and great architecture. Listen for music at the restaurants, see the anti saloon museum and so much more. Enjoy!


In Uptown, please join us for the Wednesday Farmers Market - May through October, every Wednesday from 3-6 pm. This market is a Farmers Market.

The Saturday Uptown Market - June- Sept,every Saturday from 10am-1pm and has farmers, artists, crafters, home parties, fun(d)raising specials and services.

For more information about both markets click here!



You have now completed your art(de)tour to Uptown and we want you to enjoy your visit.

A special thanks to the Westerville Public Library, and to Gallery 202, Partners in Art, inc. for their information.

Did you know the way to get across Alum Creek at Schrock used to be a pulley basket system to ferry individuals across?

That Main St. was impassable because it was a swamp so east west traffic went Park St. because that was the shallowest place on Alum Creek.

And there were tug of war contests with Otterbein students across Alum Creek near the old Main St. bridge !

Did you know that over 10,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily.

Did you know that the original truss bridge was constructed in 1894 on the stone abutments that are currently in use by the current bridge.  A two span bridge was constructed in 1969.

The existing stone abutments are to be used as a future trail connector to allow access to all four corners of the bridge underneath.

The new bridge will have 9’6” sidewalks on both sides and have a barrier separate traffic from the pedestrians.

Email us for updates, corrections and more information!