Canal Warehouse (Chillicothe, Ohio)

The Canal Warehouse is a historic warehouse at the intersection of Main and Mulberry Streets in downtown Chillicothe, Ohio, United States. Built in 1830,[1] along the Ohio and Erie Canal, this three-story brick building is an ornate gabled structure with large dormers set into both sides of the main roof. These dormers served a purpose far different from decoration: their windows connect with first-floor doors to enable longshoremen easily to move goods into or out of the third floor. On the ground level, individuals can enter the warehouse through either of two recessed doorways; three stone steps climb from the sidewalk to each doorway.[2]

Canal Warehouse
Canal Warehouse in Chillicothe.jpg
Front and side of the warehouse. Notice the large dormer on the side.
Canal Warehouse (Chillicothe, Ohio) is located in Ohio
Canal Warehouse (Chillicothe, Ohio)
Canal Warehouse (Chillicothe, Ohio) is located in the United States
Canal Warehouse (Chillicothe, Ohio)
LocationMain and Mulberry Sts., Chillicothe, Ohio
Coordinates39°20′3″N 82°58′44″W / 39.33417°N 82.97889°W / 39.33417; -82.97889Coordinates: 39°20′3″N 82°58′44″W / 39.33417°N 82.97889°W / 39.33417; -82.97889
Area0 acres (0 ha)
Part ofChillicothe Business District (ID79001931)
NRHP reference No.73001522[1]
Added to NRHPApril 24, 1973

After it ceased to operate as a canalside warehouse, the building was converted into a clubhouse for the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.[1] Today, the warehouse has been recognized as a leading example of canal-related architecture; few warehouses built for the Ohio and Erie Canal survive in comparable condition.[2] In recognition of its place in local transportation history,[3] the Canal Warehouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1] Additionally, it lies within the boundaries of the Chillicothe Business District,[4] a historic district that was added to the National Register in 1979.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 1214.
  3. ^ Canal Warehouse, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2010-09-01.
  4. ^ National Register District Address Finder Archived September 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Ohio Historical Society, 2010. Accessed 2010-09-01.