Preservation Ohio has issued its annual Call for Nominations for its list of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites.
Each year, the statewide organization searches for houses, commercial buildings, governmental structures, bridges, historic roadways, landscapes, downtowns, neighborhoods and other important pieces of Ohio history that face a potentially risky future. The list serves to highlight those properties which are both historically significant and endangered — whether it be by threats of demolition, long-term disinvestment or neglect, insensitive governmental action, uncertainty or indifference. Nominations for this important list have come from individuals, preservation organizations, downtown and neighborhood revitalization organizations, historical societies, historic road associations, local governments and other entities.
In each case, the property is reviewed for both its value to local, regional, state or federal history, and the nature of the threat involved. Special attention is paid to those sites facing a threat which typifies one facing many of Ohio’s historic resources. Several of the properties have been preserved through increased public attention and funding, including the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Westcott House in Springfield, the Athenaeums/Masonic Temple Building in downtown Columbus, and the Anthony Wayne Hotel in Hamilton (pictured).
The Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites list was started in 1993, and Richland County has been represented in past years. The 2022 list included The Historic Resources of Park Avenue West, which has been re-nominated this year.
You are invited to consider a nomination. The nomination process is an online, easy-to-complete affair. A form and additional information, including lists from past years, can be found here.