In celebration of the City's 100th anniversary year, each week we will share a fun fact of the City's history.
Fun Fact Friday 02/23/2024
Did you know that the corner of SOM and Fairmount (formerly known as North Woodland) used to be the location of one of our churches and schools? Shown on this map from 1892, you can see them marked as ME Ch. and School. Known as the Orange Hill Church, you can see it on the left in the photo taken in 1928. Just across SOM in what is now Hunting Valley, there was the Orange Center Cemetry (which still exists). Do you think this intersection looks similar to the photo taken recently from the same spot?
Thank you to resident Chip Steiner for sharing this information with us. We hope to share more history on this specific area as the year passes. #PepperPike100
As a follow up to last week's Fun Fact Friday regarding the opening of our City Hall. The building shown in this picture, was one of the early meeting places for Council meetings and other village business in 1925 and 1926. It was also one of the last one room schools located in Orange Township. This picture was taken August of 1938 and it shows the building being removed from Shaker Blvd., (West of Lander) and being transferred to the Orange School property, where it was used for overflow.
While the City is celebrating its centennial this year, our City Hall (fka “Village Hall”) building is turning 70. Prior to 1954, City business was done in an old farmhouse located immediately to the east of the current building. The new building was financed by a $150,000 bond issue in 1952 and a $30,000 special building fund. On August 29, 1954 an inaugural reception for residents was held at, the then, Village Hall. Because of the architectural style of the building, the opening dedication had a Williamsburg theme. Visitors at the open house reception were greeted by Mayor James B Lewis and hosts in colonial attire and served refreshments. The building has since been modified and added to, with the Police Dept. extension being added in 1976, and then remodeled recently in 2022.
Many of you know that Orange City School District is also celebrating its centennial this year. Known originally as the Orange Consolidated School, its doors opened on January 14, 1924. Previously, there were smaller district schools throughout the area (five in what would become Pepper Pike). The current Orange High School was opened in 1973 but the auditorium and varsity gymnasium are retained from the original building! To find out more on the history of our Schools, please visit the Orange City School District. #PepperPike100
As a continuation of last week’s fun fact, here you will see another passage of a letter written by Mayor James B. Lewis on October 30th, 1951. As you read this letter, you will notice that our Gates Mills Blvd. median used to be a dump that was used for the disposal of non-burnable materials! Fast forward to today, the Pepper Pike’s Service Department provides a service that collects all rubbish, recycling, waste, and more to our residents. We now have designated companies, outside of Pepper Pike, to collect said materials, leaving our beautiful Gates Mills Blvd. median open for use. #PepperPike100
A note from Mayor James B. Lewis to the residents of Pepper Pike. These farms were called Piggeries, and they disposed of the City's food and waste as our form of rubbish collection back in 1947! #PepperPike100