Preservation Ohio accepts nominations from any citizen or organization. The board of trustees selects the final list. 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, the Masonic temple in Columbus and the Unionville Tavern share similar stories. Other structures and sites have not been as fortunate. Among them, the President Street Academic Center on the Ohio University Campus in Athens, A landmark structure in designed by Frank Packard, which would have been included on the 2016 list had it not been demolished earlier this month over pleas from around the state for its preservation.
Three of the properties on the 2016 list were also on the list last year. They remain endangered and Preservation Ohio continues to monitor their status and work with advocates in the local communities to draw attention and resources to the endangered properties.
Circumstances that contribute to the endangered status and result in sites being named to the list typically include one or more of the following factors: demolition threat, abandonment, neglectful owner, dilapidation, obsolete use, lack of money for repairs, out-of-the-way location or encroaching sprawl.
The 2016 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites
Ashtabula County – Stone Train Depot, Ashtabula, Ohio
Constructed in the 1800s, the train station is one of the few left with the distinctive architecture of the time. Near the site of the 1876 train bridge collapse, the depot remains vacant and in danger of demolition.
Athens County – President Street Academic Center, Ohio University Campus, Athens, Ohio
A landmark structure in Athens designed by Frank Packard, the “Old Science Building” opened in 1911. It is scheduled for demolition in 2016 over the objections of many local advocates.
Butler County – Sorg’s Opera House, Middletown, Ohio
Although hundreds of volunteer hours have spent tending to the building in support of presercation, Middletown’s first theater (designed by Samuel Hannaford) sits vacant and exposed to further deterioration.
Delaware County – Peace and Justice House, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
One of several stylish 19th century brick houses that Ohio Wesleyan University intends to demolish to make way for new student housing.
Franklin County – Columbus Railway Power and Light Building, Columbus, Ohio
Built circa 1915, this two-story brick building has a steep hipped roof, an octagonal tower and round-arched windows. Currently vacant, the building is deteriorating.
Franklin County – Elam Drake Farm, Columbus, Ohio
The farm consists of a house, smoke house and brick threshing barn built in the early-mid 1800s. The intact buildings are currently vacant and exposed to weather and vandalism.
Franklin County – Port Columbus Airport Terminal and Control Tower, Columbus, Ohio
The original 1929 terminal is on the National Register of Historic Places and was the site of the first transcontinental flight to Los Angeles. A local advocacy group is attempting to stabilize and renovate the property.
Hamilton County – The Dennison Hotel Building, Cincinnati, Ohio
This historic structure, constructed in 1892, was designed by Samuel Hannaford. It is in imminent danger of demolition. Local advocates are strongly supporting preservation and reuse.
Lake County – Madison Freight Depot, Madison, Ohio
Built in the late 1800s, the depot’s current owner has agreed to donate the building if it can be moved. Local citizens and the Madison Community Improvement Corporation support saving this treasured village landmark.
Lawrence County – Ironton Russell Bridge, Ironton, Ohio
In use since 1922, this cantilever bridge is scheduled for demolition in 2016 when its replacement opens. Bridging the Past, a group of local citizens, seeks to preserve it as a walking bridge.
Lorain County – Sammel Lyon House, Columbia Station, Ohio
The 1846 home was occupied until October 2015 but is in danger of being torn down because it is on the same parcel of land as another building. Local advocates seek to move and preserve the building.
Montgomery County – Dayton Arcade, Dayton, Ohio
Almost three decades of vacancy has damaged these five interconnecting, still structurally sound buildings constructed between 1902 and 1904. Plans are underway to redevelop the Arcade, but it remains threatened in the meantime.
Montgomery County – Dayton News Building, Dayton, Ohio
This 1908 building designed by Albert Pretzinger sits partially open to the elements. City officials and local preservation advocates are working to save this majestic building.
Montgomery County – Gem City Ice Cream Building, Dayton, Ohio
The original wooden structure dating from 1886 housed the Wright Brothers’ first bicycle shop in 1892. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, however it is currently vacant, deteriorating and recently vandalized.
Muskingum County – Muskingum University Manse, New Concord, Ohio
Built in 1906, this house is part of the Muskingum College Campus Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the latest historic building on campus to be scheduled for demolition.
Stark County – Correll House, North Canton, Ohio
This home, built in 1856, is in danger of demolition due to widening of Ohio State Route 43 set to begin in 2017. Local preservation groups and the owner of the property are seeking a buyer to preserve the house.
Stark County – McDowell Farmhouse, North Canton, Ohio
One of the oldest houses in Plain Township, this property is endangered due to the widening of Ohio State Route 43 North, which is planned to come within six feet of the house. President James Madison originally deeded the property in 1814, and the oldest part of the Greek Revival-style home dates to 1821.