In 2005, a committee was established to determine the feasibility of
purchasing the former home of glass industry pioneers Edward Drummond Libbey
and Florence Scott Libbey and preserving its landmark status. The committee worked with area experts
to develop a report that was completed in September 2006. Based on the
committees recommendations, the Libbey House Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization was incorporated with the purpose of purchasing
and renovating the Libbey house, and establishing an interpretive learning center
focusing on the history of glass in Northwest Ohio.
The importance of the glass industrial revolution to the growth and development
of Northwest Ohio cannot be understated. Yet, today, no where in the Glass
City is this important history shared in a public venue.
The Libbey house is Northwest Ohios link to glass history and technology.
The mission of the Libbey House Foundation is to:
Foster awareness of the social, cultural and economic history
of glass making in Northwest Ohio.
Develop an understanding of the glass making processes, including
the significant role Toledo-based entrepreneurs played in the improvement
and transformation of the process.
Preserve and maintain the historical accuracy and integrity of
the Libbey house, an important part of Toledos Old West End Historic
District, the largest neighborhood of late Victorian, Edwardian, and
Arts & Crafts homes east of the Mississippi.
To develop programming and to present archival displays, the Libbey House
Foundation has established a collaborative relationship with the Toledo
Museum of Art and a partnership with the University of Toledos Ward
M. Canaday Center. These important relationships will ensure the story
of Northwest Ohios glass industry is told accurately in a unique
and fitting venue.
The Foundation has also established the Glass City Advisory Committee
made up of representatives from Toledos glass industry. Their support
will allow the Libbey House Foundation to be involved in research and
publication, and promote public awareness of glass initiatives.