Ohio’s Most Endangered – Press Release
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Thirteen Historic Sites Make 2011 Most Endangered List
Preservation Ohio releases List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites to raise public awareness and save properties with uncertain futures
COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 13, 2011) – Preservation Ohio released the 2011 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites on July 13. The annual list highlights historically significant Ohio properties that face a risky future due to demolition, disinvestment or indifference.
This year’s list features seven new additions, including the Columbia Building and Stanley Block in Cleveland. The future of the Columbia Building was put to a vote by the Cleveland Landmarks Commission in early June. Despite strong public support for preservation, the Commission voted in favor of demolition to allow construction of a parking facility for a nearby casino project.
The organization hopes that a site’s placement on the endangered list will raise public attention and provide a focus on preservation. Over the years, the list has proven successful in saving some of Ohio’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage. Recognition of the Westcott House in Springfield, a Frank Lloyd Wright design, led to a multi-million dollar restoration. The Anthony Wayne Hotel in Hamilton and the Masonic Temple in Columbus share similar stories.
Preservation Ohio is Ohio’s original statewide preservation organization, founded in 1982 to promote a positive future for the state’s historic resources. The List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites has been issued on either a biannual or annual basis since 1993. More information on the organization and Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites program can be found online at www.preserveohio.com.
The 2011 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites includes the following:
Gunning House – Reynoldsburg, Franklin County – An outstanding example of mid-20th century architecture designed by trained apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Gunning House is threatened by possible developer interest in demolishing the site for commercial use. This is the Gunning House’s third year on the list.
Sheet & Tube Company Homes – Campbell, Mahoning County – A unique and important relic of Ohio’s industrial past, these reinforced concrete houses were set to be replaced with a low-income housing complex. This is Sheet & Tube Company Homes’ second year on the list.
Rose Cottage – Marion, Marion County – Rose Cottage is the only surviving structure associated with former First Lady Florence Kling Harding and one of the last standing structures that once comprised White Oaks Farm Sanatorium. This is Rose Cottage’s second year on the list.
Greenhills Historic District – Greenhills, Hamilton County – One of three Greenbelt Communities built by the federal government in the 1930s, Greenhills is a distinctive predecessor of today’s New Urbanism movement. The original properties are threatened by demolition and insensitive infill. This is Greenhills’ third year on the list.
James N. Gamble House – Westwood/Cincinnati, Hamilton County – The Gamble House is a rare surviving example of Victorian country villa architecture. Greatly deteriorated, the home has recently been involved in discussions of demolition and is the focus of current litigation over its future. This is the James N. Gamble House’s second year on the list.
South High School – Springfield, Clark County – Built in 1911 to resemble the United States Capitol building, this magnificent building is a victim of neglect and faces an uncertain future. This is South High School’s third year on the list.
Memorial Hall – Ironton, Lawrence County – Constructed in 1892 as a memorial to Civil War soldiers by the Grand Army of the Republic, Memorial Hall was abandoned in 1996. This is the site’s first year on the list.
Columbia Building and Stanley Block – Cleveland, Cuyahoga County – The Columbia Building reflects the Chicago commercial style prevalent for urban commercial blocks in the early 20th century. The Stanley Block represents one of few surviving commercial buildings in Cleveland with a stone façade. Both contribute to the neighborhood’s historic appearance. This is the first year the Columbia Building and Stanley Block are on the list.
“Keystone” – Pomeroy, Meigs County – This privately-owned, Romanesque-style residential structure has undergone extensive improvements, but continues to face a precarious future. Pomeroy and other communities along the Ohio River are repositories of history that are often overlooked. This is Keystone’s first year on the list.
Joyce Tower – Columbus, Franklin County – Joyce Tower is the last remaining railroad tower in Columbus. Often forgotten, it has a unique role as the last vestige of an important chapter in Columbus history, and offers a visual link to that past. This is Joyce Tower’s first year on the list.
Seneca County Courthouse and Seneca County Museum – Tiffin, Seneca County – The Seneca County Courthouse remains a landmark courthouse, community icon and key asset for downtown revitalization, and the museum offers nearly 100 years of local and family history. The Courthouse is again being considered for demolition, and the Museum and its contents are to be sold. The Seneca County Courthouse returns to the list after a year’s absence, and this is the Museum’s first year on the list.
Warner & Swasey Observatory – East Cleveland, Cuyahoga County – The Warner & Swasey Observatory is a unique building and prime example of early 20th century observatories. It is being auctioned and will most likely be turned over to the City of East Cleveland, upon which it may be demolished. This is the observatory’s first year on the list.
Carlisle Building – Chillicothe, Ross County – This massive city masonry block in downtown Chillicothe has been at risk since the building was gutted by fire in 2003. The loss of the Carlisle Building would be an enormous blow to preservation efforts in Ohio’s first capital city. This is the Carlisle Building’s first year on the list.