A Growing Community: Building the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo
By the end of the 1960s, leaders of the Islamic Center of Toledo recognized that the Center’s mosque on E. Bancroft Street was no longer large enough to support and meet the needs of the Toledo area’s growing Muslim population. This prompted the formation of a Building Committee to plan for the construction of a new, larger, and more multifaceted building for the Islamic Center, and in 1978 the Center purchased forty-eight acres of land in the nearby town of Perrysburg to serve as the site of its new mosque. Local Turkish architect Talat Itil designed the new mosque in the classic Islamic architectural style, making it the first of its kind in North America. Ground was broken for the new building in 1980, and construction began in September 1982 and was completed in 1983. The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo officially opened on October 22, 1983.