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Click the link above for a sneak peek at some of the artwork, artifacts, and other unique items available in our auction. Online participants can start bidding by clicking here to learn more and set up an Apple Tree Auction account and register for our auction. No fee is required to participate in the online auction; fees apply to successful bids (see information below). Be sure your bid limit allows you a chance to bid on your favorite items by calling Apple Tree at (740) 344-4282 to request a limit higher than $1,000.


Join us for a unique live auction featuring artifacts from the Louis Sullivan Building of Newark, original art inspired by this jewel, and more! Net proceeds will benefit the On The Old Home Stretch Challenge campaign to secure a $1.1 million grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation to complete the intricate interior restoration. We are grateful to Jeanetta Pyle for her generous pacesetting gift.

This architectural masterpiece is slated to become the new permanent home of Explore Licking County, our community’s travel and tourism bureau, in 2024. Your support will help us to create a community resource that will welcome, serve, delight and inspire for many generations to come.

Thursday, March 23, 2023
Hosted by Apple Tree Auction Center
1625 W Church St, Newark, OH 43055
In-Person (advance tickets only!) and Online Bidding

5:00 pm:  Browse auction items while enjoying a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception catered by Palumbo’s Italian Market
6:00 pm:  Bidding begins   
Online preview available to all registered guests beginning Thursday, March 16, 2023.

An Array of Artifacts & Art Objects:  Headlining the auction are a limited number of ornate terra cotta fragments saved from the Louis Sullivan Building of Newark’s recent exterior restoration, with custom-made stands handcrafted and designed by Wade Ranck of Eagle Welding (Newark, Ohio). Each piece is unique and features Sullivan's distinctive style combining both geometric and botanical elements. Guests also will browse and bid on these other Sullivan-inspired treasures:

  • Heisey Glass dating from the Sullivan period (1914-1915)
  • An original handblown glass piece inspired by our architectural gem and custom designed and created by Larry Tuber, director of the glass studio at The Works in Newark, Ohio
  • Signed prints by renowned American artist and graphic designer Rex Parker
  • Framed original artwork for the cover of the recently-released children’s book, “Journey to a Jewel Box,” signed by artist Lizz Beck
  • Signed copies of books by significant Sullivan experts of local and national significance

Meet Special Guests: Chicago’s cultural historian emeritus Tim Samuelson, America’s foremost expert on the work of Louis Sullivan, will be on hand to share insights and history about the artifacts, the Old Home Bank building, and Sullivan’s life and work. Find out why he’s passionate about telling the story of Sullivan’s architectural legacy.  

Our Auctioneers: Professional auctioneers Sam Schnaidt and Meredith Johnson of Apple Tree Auction Center will lead us through our exciting evening.


Advance tickets are no longer available.

Bid Online: You can set up your bidder’s profile, view our online catalog – and start bidding right away by clicking here. Be sure to follow the live auction on March 23 while you continue bidding.

Online bid limits are initially set at $1,000. We don't want you to miss any opportunities to bid during this great auction, so register early and call Apple Tree Auction Center at (740) 344-4282 no later than 5 pm Wednesday, March 22, 2023 to get pre-approval for a higher bid limit and make sure you're all set.

  • Fees: No charge to set up an account, register and participate in the online auction. Successful bids paid with cash or check include a 5% buyer’s premium; additional 5% fee for credit card transactions. Please make checks payable to “On The Old Home Stretch Challenge.”

All costs associated with shipping and packing are the buyer’s responsibility.

Questions? Call Leslie Bline, 740.349.3863, x100 or email

Can’t make it, but want to help us over the finish line? Click here to join the On The Old Home Stretch Challenge today with a gift of any size!

Special thanks to the Friends of Sullivan Committee for their enthusiastic and generous assistance in planning this event and for their tireless commitment, partnership and support as we restore the Louis Sullivan Building of Newark.