Shelby, a community with a real sense of shared heritage, came together on a beautiful Friday morning to mark a milestone in preserving that history that took place 38 years ago.
Local government leaders and guests joined to dedicate a historic marker that commemorates placement of much of the downtown area on the National Register of Historic Places. This took place in 1982, Shelby Historic Preservation Commission Christina Drain told those assembled, however this is the first time that achievement has been publicly recognized.
A quote from Drain is included in this tweet from the City of Shelby:
Members of the Commission are currently working on creating new design guidelines for the downtown, and working with property owners on renovation projects.
The marker was paid for with funds received by the William C. Pomeroy Foundation.
Introductory remarks were shared by Shelby Mayor Steven Schag, who talked of the hard work that the new Historic Preservation Commission undertakes to better the community.
Also on hand were City Councilman and former Mayor Garland Gates as well as Richland County Commissioners Darrell Banks and Tony Vero.
After the marker event, representatives from Richland Preservation Action Group, and the Richland County Historical Society, and Preservation Ohio, Ohio’s original statewide preservation organization, took a tour of the nearby Historic 1872 Engine House as well as three downtown buildings that are being or have been renovated.
Included were the former Dick’s Furniture Building, a former band building under renovation at the corner of Main and Gamble; Weber’s Bar, which has served in that manner for over 120 years and is associated with the former Weber’s Brewery in Mansfield; and The Vault, a 1910 bank turned eatery designed by noted Mansfield architect Vernon Redding..
Several photos from the day are included below. Click on any for a larger image.
“Our hope is that this National Register marker stands as an enduring reminder of this communities history for generations to come.” William G. Pomeroy Foundation as read by Historic Preservation Commission Chair Christina Drain. pic.twitter.com/Qm0vEdFXkl
— Shelby Ohio (@growshelby) August 21, 2020