The Medina Square

For many years, the square has existed as the pinnacle of social life in Medina. The busy streets bustle excitedly and the park warmly invites people from all over to take a look at the historic beauty this town has to offer. People can recognize the square's classic Victorian charm and its timeless presence which identifies the city of Medina. Weddings, community and jazz band concerts, family portraits, high school dances, picnics, and countless other activities on the square have helped define Medina as a very social and friendly town.

Even as fires have destroyed the buildings surrounding the historic park grounds throughout the years, the heart of Medina, the Public Square Park, has stood the test of time and can be visited today. From the fountain to the gazebo, from the old wood to the timeless brick, the center of the town has evolved with the times but not strayed away from the beauty and old-time charm that everybody falls in love with. Many different efforts have been made to restore the square park and maintain the fantastic Victorianesque style which the surrounding shops and buildings echo marvelously. Here you can see some of the fantastic landmarks including the beautiful gazebo, the historic cannon, and countless memorial benches, not to mention the magnificent aesthetic appeal which glorifies and exemplifies the true fantastic nature of the town square and the wonderful city of Medina.

Images

Friday Night Band Concerts, 1989

Friday Night Band Concerts, 1989

Friday night Community Band concerts have been held in the summertime for over a century. Years ago, musicians were carted around in horse-drawn wagons playing their instruments. Today, they show off their talent in the gazebo. Families from all over the county gather to listen to the musicians play. This picture is courtesy of Marcus Neiman and the Medina Community Band. View File Details Page

The Cooley Fountain, 1961

The Cooley Fountain, 1961

Mrs. Lathrop Cooley gave this fountain as a gift in memory of her husband, the pastor of the Disciple Church from 1889 to 1892. Both Cooleys were heavily involved in the temperance movement during the early 20th century. This picture is courtesy of Clevelandmemory.org View File Details Page

The Historic Cannon, 2012

The Historic Cannon, 2012

Frequently, while their parents are watching the evening band concerts, children are found playing on Medina's historic World War II-era cannon located in the northwest corner of the square. This picture is courtesy of the Medina Gazette. View File Details Page

Aerial Oversight of the Square, 2009

Aerial Oversight of the Square, 2009

When Medina was chartered, it was intended to be a Western Reserve village, and in this tradition, the public square is the center of village life. This picture is courtesy of Clevelandmemory.org. View File Details Page

The Modern Fountain, 1951

The Modern Fountain, 1951

In 1951, Freda Snyder donated this fish pond and fountain to the park. The fountain was electrically operated and equipped with colored lights to vary the color of the water. This picture is courtesy of Clevelandmemory.org View File Details Page

Teenage Dance on the Square, 1964

Teenage Dance on the Square, 1964

In the 1960's, before the gazebo was built, teenagers would gather together on summer nights to enjoy dances and social time on the square with their fellow high school classmates, key to the social lives of the youth in Medina. This picture is courtesy of Linda Conley. View File Details Page

Elementary School Trip to the Square, 1914

Elementary School Trip to the Square, 1914

Here are pupils of Garfield Elementary on Arbor Day, 1914, who are assisting at the request of the Medina Improvement Association. The rocks were intended for construction of a fountain in the center of the park. This picture is courtesy of Gloria Brown. View File Details Page

The Rock Fountain, 1914

The Rock Fountain, 1914

The new fountain was completed in the summer of 1914. This replaced the classical fountain which was topped by a statue and surrounded by balustrades and had stood there since the 1890s. This picture is courtesy of Gloria Brown. View File Details Page

Graduating Class of 1888

Graduating Class of 1888

This is the graduating class of 1888, their picture was taken on the square. Only 5 males graduated, which was not uncommon in this time. Men were needed to work in the fields or obtain other jobs, so men who could graduate were normally from affluent families. This picture is courtesy of Gloria Brown. View File Details Page

The Classic-Style Fountain, 1913

The Classic-Style Fountain, 1913

This pond with a classic Victorian-style fountain stood here in the center of the park from the late 19th century until 1914. This picture is courtesy of the Medina Public Library. View File Details Page

Audio

Medina's Biggest Fan (and Carpenter)

Here is Medina's biggest fan discussing his work on Medina's gazebo on the square View File Details Page

Linda Conley on the Square

Here is Linda Conley discussing her experiences on the square in the 1960's, including the teenage dances, band concerts, and the fish pond in the days where the park's lot was emptier. View File Details Page

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Liz Rucinski, Celinna Tomlinson, “The Medina Square,” Discover Medina, accessed April 29, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/25.

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