2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference will be held in downtown Cleveland, October 22-24.

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Quarterly Revitalization Series: Organization

September 12th in Painesville, Ohio

More details as they become available.

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Quarterly Revitalization Series: Economic Vitality

June 6 in Delaware, Ohio

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Quarterly Revitalization Series: Design

April 18th in Marietta, Ohio

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Quarterly Revitalization Series: Promotion

Join Heritage Ohio in Kent, Ohio on February 15th for the first Revitalization Series workshop of 2018.

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Del Monte Easement

341 South Third St,
Columbus, OH 43215


Last year at this time we were putting the finishing touches on an easement for the Del Monte Building in Columbus (no relation to the company supplying your bananas!) While many of our easements are taken on large commercial buildings in downtown areas, the Del Monte is a smaller example. Originally built as a six-unit apartment building in the early 1900s, the building served a need for living units as Columbus experienced a growth phase during the first quarter of the twentieth century.

The Del Monte is a handsome three-story masonry building with a buff stone foundation and simple cornice. The building features numerous window openings, so even in the early 1900s, the units must have had a light and airy feeling.

Joyce Barrett commented on the positive impact of the easement: “Even modest downtown buildings can benefit from the owner placing an easement on the property, making this a win-win for the owner and for preservationists. In the case of the Del Monte Building, we’ve ensured that a historic building not under local design review will be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come. And the owner can receive a tax deduction for donating the easement.”

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Akron Easement

800 Dan St
Akron, OH 44310


Our easement program has been active since 2004, when we accepted our first easement on the Rawson Block in Findlay. Over the years we’ve seen how the program can be adapted: we’ve worked with owners in a variety of communities, and we’ve worked with a variety of property owners, including commercial property owners, nonprofit owners, and municipalities. Additionally, easements have been placed on buildings well before a full-scale rehab has been completed, and years after a large-scale rehab was completed.

The main Reserve Training Building, constructed in 1956

In Akron, we accepted an easement on the former Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in 2015, as the result of a Section 106 agreement forged among the City of Akron, the US government, and the State Historic Preservation Office. Briefly, a Section 106 consultation among preservation interests is triggered when federal funds are used that could affect a resource either listed in the National Register, or eligible for listing in the National Register. A Section 106 consultation can also be triggered when the action of a federal agency, in this case, the US government, could result in an adverse effect on the historic resource. In Akron, the US government was divesting itself of the reserve center, as a caretaker for the Navy, and the federal loss of site control was deemed an adverse effect, since a new owner could demolish the historic buildings on site.

While we ideally like to see Section 106 negotiations end when a viable preservation solution is found that all parties can agree to, the reality is that many times the Section 106 agreement paves the way for the demolition of the historic resource in question. Thankfully, in the case of Akron, the stakeholders agreed that by donating an easement in perpetuity to Heritage Ohio, the reserve center would be permanently preserved, thereby negating any adverse effect from changes in ownership, now or in the future.

“We were pleased to be part of a creative preservation solution in the Section 106 process, providing an outcome everyone could support, while giving us the ability to ensure the site’s continued preservation. We’re hopeful we can assist on future Section 106 agreements that translate into wins for preservation,” stated Joyce Barrett, executive director.

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Fire Awareness & Prevention Downtown Webinar

December 6th, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

This course has pending AIA HSW credit.

With the recent fires destroying communities on the west coast, being in the midst of the holiday season (which is particularly fire risky), and having had our fair share of disastrous downtown fires in communities around Ohio, it is always a good time to talk about prevention. Fires are by their very nature destructive, when it comes to downtown, there is so much at stake when a building burns down. It could be someone’s home; lives could be at risk; and it could be a small business that has been an integral part of the community for years, that now has no way of rebuilding. Furthermore, every building in the downtown is a part of the community identity and history, when they burn a piece of that shared story is lost forever.

Join Heritage Ohio and Chief John Donahue of Deleware, Ohio for a webinar discussing the potential fire hazards with concern to downtown and what can be done to proactively prevent the devastation caused by downtown fires. This program will focus on the City of Delaware and steps that the downtown businesses, building owners and City Departments have taken to reduce the risk from fires. Delaware has experienced several downtown fires in their historic buildings. Working together, a community can take steps to reduce the risk and maintain the historic buildings.


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John Donahue is the Fire Chief for the City of Delaware, and served in the capacity for over 11 years. Prior to coming to Delaware, he served as the Assistant Fire Chief in Temple Terrace, Florida. Chief Donahue has served in many capacities in the fire service, including overseeing the fire prevention efforts in old historic downtowns. Both he and his wife are originally from the Cincinnati area. They have two grown daughters.

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