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Wooster's Germania Hall was built by Frank C. Gerlach, Harry Kinkler and Lewis Straub in 1878 in the Italianate style of architecture. The first shops to occupy the space were a butcher shop and a saloon. The building was later home to Freedlander, an independent downtown department store that was in business until 2009.


  • Germania Hall, home of the City Square Steakhouse. Photo by Spencer O'Keefe
  • Historic Germania Hall. Photo by Dan Katsin, date unknown.
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  • The inside of City Square. The brick wall in the background is from the original construction in 1878. Photo by Spencer O'Keefe
  • The City Square Steakhouse. Photo by Spencer O'Keefe

In 2007 Liberty Market Properties bought the property and with the help of a group of investors and restaurateur Mike Mariola, the company refurbished the building and opened the City Square Steakhouse in 2008.

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Contrera, Jessica. "Get to Know: Mike Mariola." Fairlawn Patch. February 27, 2012. Accessed June 7, 2018. https://patch.com/ohio/fairlawn-bath/get-to-know-mike-mariola.

Huszai, Steven F. "Food Sourcing Is More Important than Certification." The Daily Record, July 2, 2013. Accessed June 8, 2018. http://www.the-daily-record.com/news/20130702/food-sourcing-is-more-important-than-certification.

Lewis, Arnold, Beth I. Lewis, John M. Gates, and James R. Turner. Wooster in 1876. Wooster, OH: Wooster Art Center Museum, College of Wooster, 1976.

Opatz, Jarred. "Bits and Pieces: 'Skyscraper' of Its Day." The Daily Record, December 1, 2017. Accessed June 4, 2018. http://www.the-daily-record.com/news/20171201/bits-and-pieces-skyscraper-of-its-day.

Schaaf, Bryan. "‘Wooster Meant Freedlander’s, Freedlander’s Meant Wooster’ Doors Close Saturday." The Daily Record, February 26, 2009. Accessed June 7, 2018. http://www.the-daily-record.com/article/20090226/NEWS/302269293.

Schaaf, Bryan. "Downtown Wooster Getting City Square Steakhouse Soon." The Daily Record, August 17, 2007. Accessed June 7, 2018. http://www.the-daily-record.com/article/20070817/NEWS/308179723.

Scholles, Jonathan. "Wooster Chamber Small Business Nominee: City Square Steakhouse." The Daily Record, June 17, 2015. Accessed June 7, 2018. http://www.the-daily-record.com/news/20150617/wooster-chamber-small-business-nominee-city-square-steakhouse.

"Steaks and Classics." City Square Steakhouse. Accessed June 16, 2018. http://www.citysquaresteakhouse.com/steaks-classics/.