For May, we asked you to share why you #LoveYourHD. We loved seeing participation from around the Rust Belt and all the great historic districts that protect and preserve our built environment. Instameets were held in Wheeling, Indianapolis, Toledo, and Columbus in local historic districts to celebrate #LoveYourHD during Preservation Month. Here’s a few of our favorite moments from the month of May that celebrate why you #LoveYourHD!
German Village, Columbus, Ohio
In German Village, eighth grade students gave some actual love to the local historic district at a workshop. We love seeing youth involved in hands-on activities in preserving historic places. This asks a good question: For what types of activities could you use student volunteer help in your local historic district?
One of Indy’s finest examples of Art Deco, the former Coca-Cola bottling plant, is about to be redeveloped. Thanks to its local designation, the project will have to obtain approvals from the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission before altering this one-of-a-kind terracotta façade.
Wheeling, West Virginia
Local designation preserves distinctive places until the right new use and owner comes along. We’re glad to hear this Wheeling gem will be turned into apartments.
#wyp member @adambedway took this pic from his tour of the Boury Warehouse on Saturday. The Boury Warehouse is apart of the Wheeling Warehouse Historic District. It sat empty for years but is now being turned into apartments by the WODA Group, Inc. Don't miss another historic building tour and join the Friends of Wheeling. You can find them on facebook. Membership is $10 a year. Their monthly news and event letter alone is worth that! #wheelove #thisplacematters #deserve2preserve #wheelingwv #wheelingfeeling #loveyourhd #wyp #wheelingwestvirginia @adambedway's original caption: ・・・ Touring the Boury building in downtown Wheeling this morning. WODA is redeveloping the building into residential units that range from 600-1200 sq. ft. These are the kind of projects we need in this town. #preservation #wheelingwv #wheeling_shooters #thisplacematters #downtownwheeling
The Cleveland Restoration Society featured Cleveland historic districts along with updates from the Cleveland Landmarks Commission. We know that attending your local commission meeting and being a local advocate is important to show our elected officials and appointed boards that preservation is important in our communities!
The Cleveland Landmarks Commission meets twice a month to determine the designation of local landmarks, review proposed changes to historic structures and more! This morning, CLC discussed projects including the proposed demolition of a home in the Franklin-West Clinton Historic District, the renovation of a property in the Warehouse Historic District and the new construction of a multi-unit building to be located in the Little Italy Historic District. #loveyourhd #thisPlaceMattersOhio #thisplacematters #Clevelandrestoration #cle
We’re thankful that the use of local historic districts prevented the unnecessary demolition of so many historic resources in our community. To think this beauty could have been lost…
Enjoying a Jane Jacobs walk/urban hike through Manchester today! After population decline in the 1960s, there was a push to demolish many of Manchester's vacant historic buildings for new suburban-style homes. Thanks in part to designation as a historic district and the intervention of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks as well as the Manchester community, buildings like this one (split into affordable apartments) house Manchester residents today #thiskeystonematters #loveyourHD #savingpittsburgh #janeswalk
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Our local historic districts preserve the historic neighborhood fabric so, instead of demolition, our historic resources can wait until someone is able to show them love and invest in their future. This before and after in Fort Wayne shows the potential every historic property has to come back to life.
Local historic districts protect outstanding architecture in our communities. This house could never be built today. We’re glad to hear it’s being restored by a sympathetic new owner.
*UPDATE! This home is getting a new lease on life! Restoration has already begun! Yay!* The OWE has dealt with its share of issues throughout the 20th century, beginning all the way back in the 1910s and 1920s when the automobile facilitated it becoming more fashionable to live in the suburbs rather than closer to downtown. Today there is a shortage of owners willing to take on these amazing, but in some cases extremely neglected homes. This is one example. The orange sign on the door means that its condition is poor enough it is under a Do Not Resuscitate order by the Toledo Fire Department. 😔 #thisplacemattersOHIO #LoveYourHD #toledodoespreservation
Thanks to everyone who tagged photos with #LoveYourHD! We encourage you to continue spreading the good work of your local historic districts and built support for their value to your community. Check out the #LoveYourHD tag on Instagram for even more historic district goodness!