Mahoning Valley Historical Society to Present Awards

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Erie Terminal Building is among the upcoming honorees for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s 2014 Historic Preservation Awards.

Winners of the awards, presented to honor those in Mahoning and Trumbull counties who take an active role in preserving historic buildings, sites and districts, will be recognized at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s 139th annual meeting. The event will take place beginning 5:30 p.m. June 17 at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 W. Federal St.

The MVHS Historic Preservation Committee announced the awards Wednesday.

The Erie Terminal Building, which has been transformed into a mixed-use project combining apartments and commercial space, will receive the Commercial Revitalization Award. The building was constructed in 1923 as a passenger depot and office building for the Erie Terminal Railroad/Erie-Lackawanna Railway.

Work on the ground floor removed newer partitions in the original passenger waiting room to restore its original open proportion; and surviving plaster walls and ceilings, originally-exposed brick wall detailing, terrazzo floors, wood trim, plaster cornices, and original “schoolhouse” light fixtures were retained. The upper floors were converted into a series of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, flanking the original corridor location using sustainable design practices and employing energy efficient features.

Community Revitalization Awards will be presented to the C.S. Lewis Institute at Trinity United Methodist Church and Coffelt Hall on the Youngstown State University Campus.

Last year, the newly formed Northeast Ohio C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program became Trinity United Methodist Church’s newest tenant in downtown Youngstown. The alley entrance on the east side was rehabilitated to become the Fellows’ main entrance and a glass canopy was added above the entrance to make minimal impact on the historic character of the building’s exterior and adjacent windows. Inside improvements included work renovations to three community rooms surrounding the ground floor courtyard to meet the students’ educational needs.

Coffelt Hall, originally constructed as an American Legion Post, was redone to serve as the home of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, as well as to renovate the building in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Structures. A main level expansion involved adding a “porch” to accommodate the increased need for space. The remainder of the renovations involved restoration and replication of historic elements such as plaster moldings, glazed tile flooring and walls, hardwood flooring, and decorative millwork.

Additionally, the Austin Log Cabin and Austintown Historical Society will receive an MVHS Directors’ Award of Achievement and Mark C. Peyko will receive an MVHS Directors’ Award of Achievement.

Demolition on a vacant home on South Raccoon Road in Austintown revealed that under the artificial brick and wood siding was a log cabin. A deed search revealed that Calvin and Martha Austin sold the property to John Packard for $500. The deed does not indicate that any buildings were on the land. However, evidence shows that the cabin was built prior to 1824.

The cabin was named the Austin Log Cabin to honor Calvin Austin, a land agent for the Connecticut Land Company. From 1973 to 1976, volunteers raised $50,000 to preserve the log cabin and prepare it for public use. Work to the cabin included a gas furnace, electrical wiring, a bathroom and plumbing, and a new wood shake shingle roof. Window frames were installed with glass from a 100-year-old home and a brick fireplace was added with brick from a 100-year-old schoolhouse.

Peyko is a YSU graduate, founder of The Metro Monthly, a charter member of the Wick Park Neighborhood and president of the North Side Citizens’ Coalition. He holds a master’s degree in historic preservation planning from Eastern Michigan University. His thesis topic was centered on the historic downtown Youngstown buildings and their ongoing contribution to the city and its people.

The Metro Monthly regularly features historical articles and photographs about historic downtown Youngstown and its daily influx of office, retail and governmental workers and visitors.

SOURCE: Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.
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