Oberlin Travel Guide

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Oberlin Things to Do

  • King Building

    King Hall is the main building for social sciences, humanities, math, and computer science classes. This function used to be filled by Peters and Westervelt. Classrooms in King range from small seminar rooms to larger lecture spaces. Several of the classrooms now feature permanently installed data/video projectors with touch screen controls and...

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  • Bibbins Hall

    The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music is housed in a complex of soundproof and air-conditioned buildings designed by Minoru Yamasaki. It is constructed on the former locations of Sturges Hall and Wright Zoo Lab. There are small concert halls in some of the Conservatory buildingsBibbins Hall, the teaching unit, contains 40 studios, 10...

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  • Most Important - The Library

    Mudd Center houses the majority of the 2 million items in Oberlin's library collection (separate science, art, and music libraries are scattered across campus). It was built in between Wilder (Men's Building) and Dascomb in what used to be a big open space.The size, breadth and quality of the library collection rank Mudd among the best...

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  • Science Updated

    The Science Center was just completed in the last few years. There was a tour scheduled for the alumni, and my roommate had expressed an intention to take this tour. When she didn't turn up (I found out later, she toured the Lewis Center for Environmental Studies which occupies the space where May Cottage used to be), I went instead to a seminar...

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  • Oberlin Heritage Center

    The Oberlin Heritage Center, a non-profit history museum and historical society accredited by the American Association of Museums, offers tours of three historic buildings: the 1866 Monroe House, the 1836 Little Red Schoolhouse, and the 1884 Jewett House. The tours offer visitors a glimpse of life in the past, and visitors learn about abolition,...

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  • Carnegie (was Carnegie Library)

    Carnegie Library was the main campus library. Everyone had to come here at some point. The first floor contained rooms for special classes of readers [one was the reserve room where books that a whole class had to read were on reserve (could not be taken out of the library); another was the local town library with general fiction], and a cloak...

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Oberlin Restaurants

  • Pizza

    This is another place that I took a picture of on Sunday morning. I didn't eat here - I just took the photo on my way out of town. I don't think that this place was here when I was in school, although I do remember going someplace where they had 3.2 beer - that was all that was allowed to be sold in the town limits as Oberlin was a 'dry' town.The...

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  • Outside Seating

    Gibson's Bakery and Deli has outside seating in season. I haven't eaten here since about 1969. When I was in college my mother gave me my money in Traveler's Checks. I would cash them at Gibson's to buy books and then I would get a hermit or a jelly donut from the bakery on my way out, or between classes. In those days there was no outside...

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  • Dessert

    I took this photo on Sunday morning as we left town. I have not eaten here. Yesterdays was not part of my yesterdays. It would have been on my way to classes in Westervelt, somewhat off campus to the south. I don't know what was here when I was in college. I do remember eating someplace just a little off campus where we could get 3.2 beer, but I...

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  • A Must Try in Oberlin

    A great casual place to get a bite to eat, or have a beer. The Feve is a great spot to hang out as well. There are two floors, both which offer food and drinks. The upstairs is more casual, while the downstairs has table service and a more traditional restaurant experience. What's great about The Feve is that you can order several appetizers for...

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  • Great Food, though Not So Great...

    The Black River Cafe has really good food. I must say that first. The food was so good, it saved me from giving this place a bad review. Usually, there is a long wait, though my group was lucky to have zero wait time. However, the service was horrible. The waitress forgot us a lot, and gave us the bill before we had time to ask for dessert. After...

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  • A must have

    You must have the sweet cream donut. They are by far the best pastry that I have ever had. I have had family from out of town demand that I order a few dozen whenever I am going to visit. You have to get there early because they go fast. If you call a day or two in advance they are happy to make up extras.

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Oberlin Nightlife

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    Apollo Theatre: Oberlin's Only Movie Theatre

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 15, 2004

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    Oberlin’s best loved historic commercial structure is the 1913 Apollo Theatre. It has housed Oberlin’s first 300-seat theatre and in 1928, the talkies were introduced to Oberlin here. The building was built by Mr. Hobbs, who operated the eastern storefront as the well-appointed Hobbs Restaurant and Bakery. An elegant evening out in Oberlin was dinner at the Hobbs followed by a play, or movie at the Apollo.

    In 1917 the building was sold to Ira West, who owned another silent movie theatre, The Rex, on South Main. In 1923 the Steele family, who still owns and operates the theatre today, purchased it.

    The 1930s style remodel with black vitrolite, black and red brushed aluminum, and a tile walled ticket booth makes this one of Oberlin’s special buildings.

    Dress Code: If you want to go out of an evening and don't want to attend a play or concert at the college, then this is about it for night life. They used to show "The Wizard of Oz" every fall.

    From1949 to 1952 (when Hall Auditorium was built) performances of the Oberlin G&S group were held in the Oberlin High School Auditorium or in the Apollo Theatre

    At present "Pagan Movie Night" meets at the Apollo for a movie on the first Tuesday of each month. [It doesn't matter what movie is playing]

    Movies cost about $2.50 /$3.00 a person

    Apollo Theatre marque 2004
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Oberlin Transportation

  • No Airport in Oberlin

    Oberlin is a bit hard to get to. Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport which is the closest airport is 25 minutes from the college. Public transportation is available from the airport to campus by bus (Lorain county route 33) or what they call low cost limo. At vacation time, you could buy tickets on a charter bus to the major east coast cities....

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  • Bikes

    Women were not allowed to own a motor vehicle when I was at Oberlin. We walked or we rode bikes. Men could have motor scooters or motor cycles.I rode my mom's old bike from the 30s most of the time when there wasn't snow and ice on the roads. It was a thin tire bike but with a coaster brake instead of hand brakes, and it didn't have any gears. Most...

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  • Freshman Come and Seniors Leave by Car

    Given the lack of air or rail transport to Oberlin, 45 years ago our parents usually drove us to school when we came as freshman and picked up all our stuff when we graduated. My mom gave me her old steamer trunk to take all my stuff to college in. It was packed and stored in the Grey Gables attic during the summers.Bob didn't/doesn't like to have...

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Oberlin Shopping

  • Downtown shop

    When I was here, Oberlin was a kind of hippy liberal place in spite of the restrictions put on the women. So I took a picture of this store as it seemed to capture the ambience of Oberlin 45 years ago. Art/Design, Clothing, Gifts, Jewelers

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  • For a Sweet Tooth

    This three-story building is the only structure in town that has had the same owner and the same first floor business since it was built. The Gibson brothers had a candy and peanut stand on a sidewalk lot on South Main until 1901 when they were forced to close it. They then bought this lot from Richard Brown who had a peanut and shoeshine stand on...

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Oberlin Local Customs

  • Music

    When I was there, Oberlin had two main sections. The College of Arts and Science, and the Conservatory of Music. (And there was also a small School of Theology) College students could take conservatory courses and vice versa. And there were musical productions and groups which had both college and conservatory students in them. But since there was...

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  • Painted Rocks

    The boulders in Tappen Square are painted with good wishes the graduating class.I don't remember this from my time at Oberlin. I think this tradition started later after the time when I graduated.I do remember a lot of things that were done by students which were not authorized - such as kidnapping the aluminum statue of Charles Martin Hall and...

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  • Science

    When I attended Oberlin I had my big Biology lecture in Hall Auditorium, and labs and smaller classes were in Wright Zoo Lab or the Botany Building. Senior year, classes being held in a temporary annex to the gym (photo 5). By 1961, science classes were in Kettering Hall, and that's where they were when I went back for my 10 year reunion in 1969....

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Oberlin Warnings and Dangers

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    Snow

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Oberlin is in northern Ohio near Lake Erie. It is cold with the wind sweeping down from the lake, and it snows a lot there. Think Lake Effect. The Oberlin Fire Department has a Storm-Sentry storm tracking feature that allows them to track heavy snow, freezing rain, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes. The program will show where the storm is, where it is going, and when it will get there so that weather warning systems can be activated.

    Some of the students from the south couldn't really deal with the cold and snow. I remember one boy from Mississippi who had only a light overcoat for cold weather. He froze his first winter.

    The snow is piled up in the parking lots, and sometimes I've been there at graducation when there were still piles of snow lying around from the winter.

    Memorial arch in the snow Backyard in the snow Side yard from my dorm room Looking out my dorm window 1958 Grey Gables in the snow
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Oberlin Off The Beaten Path

  • Back Yards

    Because I had a new camera, I tried to find 'artistic' things to photograph. I wandered around with my camera and walked along the back yards of the places near the dorm I was living in which was Grey Gables. There are some interesting things in the back yards in a college town. In the spring, things were very soggy from rain and from snow melt. I...

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  • Johnston Walk

    An asphalt walkway extends along the south bank of Plum Creek, between the front yard of the Shurtleff House and Wright Park. I was out with my camera one overcast day in the fall of 1958 to take pictures of the areas of the campus that I almost never went to and practiced with my camera. This was one of the pictures I took. The plaque mounted on a...

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  • Aluminum Statue to an Aluminum...

    Charles Martin Hall was born December 6, 1863 in Thompson, Ohio. He was son of Rev. Heman Bassett Hall (1823-1910, A.B. 1847, B.D. 1850, A.M. 1866) and Sophronia H. Brooks Hall (1827-1885, Class of 1850, Lit. Course). In 1873 the Hall family moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where Charles Martin Hall supplemented his education by one year in the Oberlin...

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Oberlin Sports & Outdoors

  • Warner Gym (the Men's Gym)

    I didn't have much to do with Warner because it was the men's gym and women weren't really welcome there. We had our own gym on the north end of campus.Ground was broken for Warner Gymnasium in August, 1900. It was named in honor of its donors, Dr. and Mrs. Lucien C. Warner, of New York, who provided $45,000 for the building together with an...

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  • Savage Stadium Football

    When I went to Oberlin, we had an unbroken record in football of consecutive losses that was so long that the seniors had last experienced winning a game in their freshman year. The URL below is a very funny essay on Oberlin sports. We also had a marching band which could play (after all we had all those conservatory students) much better than they...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Oberlin Favorites

  • The Goal Attained

    I visited Oberlin in October of 1954 (ran into Hurricane Hazel on the way back home), and then lived there during term time for 4 years. Freshman year I lived at Tank Hall which is now a Co-op. The other three years I lived at Grey Gables, which no longer exists. I rode a bike which was stolen so I no longer have it. It had an oogah horn on it...

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  • Reunions - You Can't Go Home Again

    I loved Oberlin while I was there. I've been back twice. The first time was 10 years after graduation. Oberlin has 'cluster reunions. That is every year three classes to gather together for reunions every five years. The middle class of each cluster celebrates its reunion on the actual five-year interval. For instance, for me, graduating in 1959,...

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  • Men's Building Becomes Wilder

    Midway in the 1955-56 school year, the anonymous donor of the formerly named Men's Building (Mr. Wilder) died, and at that point the building was renamed in his honor. The headline in the college paper was "Men's Building Becomes Wilder".When I was a freshmen, many of the freshmen men were housed in Men's Building, which was at 135 West Lorain...

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