Toledo Mud Hens

Thomas Porter Architects along with the Toledo Mud Hens renovated three vacant, dilapidated buildings into a vibrant entertainment district known as Hensville. The buildings on the west side of St. Clair St. serve as a main entrance to 5/3 Field, and include a bar, restaurant, retail space, leasable office space, banquet facilities, and roof top decks. The Fleetwood Building on the East side of St. Clair St. includes a bar, restaurant, leasable office space, ball park suites, banquet facilities, and a roof top deck. The roof decks offer fantastic views of the ballpark and the city skyline. The project also converted a parking lot into an event park to be used for concerts, festivals, and other events. Exterior dining patios for the restaurants were also created along the St. Clair streetscape.

The project complied with the National Park Service’s requirements for renovations to historic structures and received over $7.7 Million in Historic Tax Credits from both the State and Federal Government. Renovations included the complete replacement of the roofing system and extensive masonry tuckpointing, replacement, and repairs. Windows were historically restored and incorporated insulated glazing to improve energy efficiency. Doors were also repaired and replaced. An abandoned skylight was also returned to use.


Toledo, OH

Year Completed



70,000 SF

Team Members

Tom Porter
Julie Apt
Andrew Hofbauer
Jim Robertson

“Thomas Porter Architects, stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park, as they continually provided us with options and solutions no matter how difficult the challenge.”
Joe Napoli
President & CEO, Toledo Mud Hens

Project Partners

Randy Gardner
Larry Scharf

Mark Kennedy
Doug Reinhardt

Tim Bockbrader