Sully's

117 West Liberty Street, has progressively changed since the beginning of the 20th century when it was first built, currently it is an Irish pub called Sully’s. Sully’s is a well-known restaurant in Medina County and can be found in the midst of Medina’s square. The pub is a popular restaurant due to its authentic Irish food and it’s ability to embrace everyone for whatever they may be looking for, whether that may be to socialize with friends and family or just to visit an environment that embraces Ireland’s heritage. Throughout the 20th century the various owners have managed to create a family friendly restaurant from a building that was originally an old machine shop. In the early 1900’s the United States was focused on progressing our society and making rapid growths in industrialism and the city of Medina was no different. Sully’s is a prime example of this progressivism in Medina, the transformation of this building over the years from a mechanical shop to a laundromat and many other businesses in between, show the great progression that eventually led to the bustling restaurant we know every day. Medina opened many stores and shops in both the square and elsewhere during this time period and it seems as though every state had one thing in common, everyone was industrializing.
America progressed in almost every aspect during the 20th century, from the mass production of items to the expansion of different retailers to the changing of societal norms. In Medina the increase of businesses wasn’t the only change, throughout this time period African Americans gained civil rights although racially discriminatory groups such as the KKK continued to be prominent in Medina. The industrialism in the United States opened many doors for an increase in immigrants as more opportunities for jobs arised. The rapid immigration during the 1900’s even influenced what is currently occupying the building. An Irish pub would have never been possible without the change in societal norms during this time, without this change Sully’s may have never come about. Many businesses inhabited the building currently known as Sully’s throughout the years and a large part of that had to do with the ever changing progressive period in the United States. 117 West Liberty Street is an ever changing and progressing location similar to The United States, as the people change in their wants the businesses change in their services.

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Modern Day Sully's

Modern Day Sully's

To this day Sully's is a popular restaurant in the Medina Square known for its hospitality, great food and Irish culture. In the past Medina Hospice was located in the top of the building for a short period of time. The Morse family was kind enough to allow Medina Hospice to occupy the upper section of the building for free until the business had accumulated enough to get their own building. The building has two main sections, the upstairs which contains four apartments and the lower half which is where the business is located. In the early 20th century during the age of Industrialism the building, which was then Medina Auto Parts, was very successful even throughout the businesses early stages. Modern day, the business continues to be quite the success, the building always has a steady crowd for Irish holidays, It is the number one place to be. Image Courtesy of Jessica Coyne View File Details Page

Modern Day Community

Modern Day Community

The square has always been a popular place in the community of Medina and he businesses within it have frequently done exceptionally well,Sully's is no different. Sully's has an open patio and a family friendly bar with a cheerful atmosphere. The Morse family owns three buildings within he square Sully's, Woodsy's and modern day Medina Auto Parts, according to Mr. Morse these businesses have all done well and each building has an interesting history behind it. Ultimately, 117 West Liberty Street has played a significant role in Medina's history over the years and it will continue to make new memories. Image Courtesy of Jess Coyne. View File Details Page

1934 Medina Auto Parts

1934 Medina Auto Parts

The Morse family has owned the building currently occupied by Sully's since 1934 when it was Medina Auto Parts. Mr. Morse bought the building in the midst of the Great Depression, he borrowed $2,000 and created a business that would be passed down through generations. The building holds residential apartments upstairs and a business downstairs and has both short term and long term tenants. While the building was originally known as Medina Auto Parts it later moved across the street from Sully's in 1968 due to a necessity for more space. The original business moved but the Morse family still owned the building, in addition to the building they bought across the street which is now modern day Medina Auto Parts. The family continues to own the buildings to this day. Image Courtesy of Mike Morse View File Details Page

1930 The Inter-Urban Rail Car

1930 The Inter-Urban Rail Car

The Inter-Urban Rail was a very popular service in Medina during he early 20th century, coming from oh Cleveland and Columbus into he town. The building known currently as Sully's had a fulcrum on he top of the building used o unload train cars. The building provided many jobs in both he auto shop as well as he upper pat of the building for jobs with the Inter-Urban Rail. The Auto Parts sore grew very busy over the 34 years it was located in the original establishment but eventually moved across the street. Five years after Medina Auto Parts moved the building became Foster's Dry Cleaner. The building has always played an active part in Medina's community, this was largely due to its location in Medina's bustling square as well as the efficient businesses occupying it. Image Courtesy of Mike Morse. View File Details Page

Trains in Medina

Trains in Medina

The building currently occupied by Sully's has always been in the center of Medina but during the twentieth century it played a large role in the rail system in Medina. While it may have been various businesses throughout the century, for quite some it was a stop in the Urban Rail system. The Morse family, who owned building since 1934, continue to play a role in the community and own multiple buildings in Medina's square. Mike Morse shared stories about his experiences growing up in the building, in addition he talked about the square during the mid-twentieth century and how it had always been a very active location for citizens. Image Courtesy of The Community Design Committee View File Details Page

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Mr. Morse's Grandfather

Mr.Morse explains how his grandfather had owned Medina Auto Parts and how it was passed down to generations. View File Details Page

Moving across the street

The audio above is said by Mike Morse, talking about his memories of moving across the street from Sully’s. He recalls moving all of the equipment on hay wagons. View File Details Page

Uncle George

Mike Morse talks about his memories as a twelve year old in the shop. He tells the story of how his Uncle George would always tell him not to play in the elevator because it was dangerous. View File Details Page

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Amanda Holzman, Jess Coyne and Morgan Henderson, “Sully's ,” Discover Medina, accessed May 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/224.

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