Reptile House, Toledo Zoo
The Reptile House was the first of five buildings constructed by the WPA at the Toledo Zoo. These buildings are still in use today.
FAP artist Forrest “Woody” LaPlante was one of three muralists who painted botanical backgrounds in each reptile exhibit. Most of these murals were destroyed in the 1970s, but the remaining murals were restored by LaPlante in the 1990s.
The building was constructed from materials recycled from local areas, such as the Wabash Railroad shops and the former Miami and Erie canals. The architecture of the building was inspired by Spanish and Moorish styles in reference to the city’s Spanish namesake (Toledo, Spain).
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