The building was formerly the Ohio Power Building. Built in 1936 and dedicated in 1937, the building was designed and engineered to showcase the convenience of modern electricity. The Ohio Power Building featured several technological innovations and earned fame as the first building in the United States to be air conditioned by a working heat pump system. The building and heat pump system were built by the American Electric Corporation of New York.
Among the building’s other technological innovations were heated sidewalks. During the renovation, many of Steubenville’s longtime residents stopped to recount the wintertime novelty of watching snowflakes melt as they landed on the surrounding sidewalks. The interior of this building is a prime example of the Art Deco architecture popular in the 1930’s. During the renovation of the building extreme care was taken to preserve as much of the existing Art Deco design as possible, including the luminaries on the columns and the lightning bolt design on the staircase. Our bar is accented with the polished aluminum electric symbols that once graced the counters in the Ohio Power reception area.
The restaurant previously known as Jaggin’ Around, and the adjoining classic car museum were created by William E. Welsh, owner of Welsh Jaguar Enterprises. This enterprise was designed to celebrate the Jaguar automobile, to capture the flavor of a bygone era and to assist in the revitalization of downtown Steubenville. To this extent, the restaurant is now once again restored and reopened by Greg and Deb Froehlich as Froehlich’s Classic Corner, still trying to keep the original décor, while assisting in the growing business enterprise in the downtown business district. Again, we hope you enjoy your visit with us and please come back again soon.
Greg and Deb Froehlich, Owners