MVHS announces Historic Preservation Awards; Metro Monthly Publisher receives Directors’ Award of Achievement

Metro Monthly Publisher Mark C. Peyko (second from right) after receiving the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Directors’ Award of Achievement. The winners were honored on June 17 at the MVHS' 139th annual meeting at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center in downtown Youngstown. Others in the photo include (left to right): Bill Peyko, Marshawn Peyko, and Sophia Brooks. Electronic image by Ron Flaviano.

Metro Monthly Publisher Mark C. Peyko (second from right) after receiving the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Directors’ Award of Achievement. The winners were honored on June 17 at the MVHS’ 139th annual meeting at the Tyler History Center in downtown Youngstown. Others in the photo include (left to right): Bill Peyko, Marshawn Peyko, and Sophia Brooks. Electronic image by Ron Flaviano.

The Historic Preservation Committee of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Board of Directors is announcing the winners of its 2014 Historic Preservation Awards. These awards honor those in Mahoning and Trumbull counties who take an active role in preserving historic buildings, sites, and districts. The categories and winners are as follows:

Commercial Revitalization Award: Erie Terminal  The Erie Terminal Building was built in 1923 as a passenger depot and office building for the Erie Terminal Railroad/Erie-Lackawanna Railway. This 55,000 square foot building has been transformed into a mixed-use project that revitalizes a significant landmark in Youngstown. 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. Property owner: NYO Property Group. Project designer: City Architecture.

Community Revitalization Award: C.S. Lewis Institute at Trinity United Methodist Church  In 2013 the newly formed Northeast Ohio C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program became the Trinity United Methodist Church’s newest tenant. The alley entrance on the east side was rehabilitated to become the Fellows’ main entrance. A protective glass canopy was added above the entrance to make minimal impact on the historic character of the building’s exterior and adjacent windows. Inside, three community rooms surrounding the ground floor courtyard were renovated to meet the students’ educational needs by installing new carpet tiles, furniture, technology upgrades, and a fresh coat of paint. The remaining fourth floor walls were re-configured to meet the needs of the tenant. The renovations funded by the Northeast Ohio C.S. Lewis Institute have already brought new life to an underutilized portion of this historic Youngstown landmark leading more people downtown. This investment has helped secure the future of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Property owner: Northeast Ohio C.S. Lewis Institute, a tenant of Trinity United Methodist Church. Project designer: Balog Steines Hendricks & Manchester Architects.

Community Revitalization Award: Coffelt Hall – Originally constructed as an American Legion Post, the building is rich with historic fabric and detail that remain to this day. The program called for the building to house the permanent home of the School of Graduate Studies and Research as well as renovating the building in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Structures As the main level required an expansion of the building to satisfy the program, a “porch” was added 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. All new interior additions were executed in a contemporary motif in keeping with the Standards involving the “easily discernible and recognizable” precepts. Property owner: Youngstown State University. Project designer: Faniro Architects, Inc.

MVHS Directors’ Award of Achievement: Austin Log Cabin & Austintown Historical Society –  During demolition on a vacant home on South Raccoon Road in Austintown, a log cabin was discovered that under artificial brick and wood siding. A deed search revealed that Calvin and Martha Austin (Calvin was a land agent for the Connecticut Land Company) 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. From 1973 to 1976, volunteers raised $50,000.00 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 school house. The Austintown Historical Society maintains the cabin and provides educational tours to local schools and the general public. Property owner: Austintown Township. Project designer: Austintown Historical Society.

MVHS Directors’ Award of Achievement: Mark C. Peyko – Peyko has an undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Eastern Michigan University. His thesis topic centered on the historic buildings of downtown Youngstown and their ongoing contribution to the city and its people. In 1992, Mark co-founded “The Metro Monthly,” a regional publication featuring wide-ranging subject matter, including historical articles and photographs. He is president of the North Side Citizens’ Coalition and recently directed a property-divestment initiative involving over 45 properties in the Wick Park Historic District. Of these, he personally found home buyers for five houses. He also was one of the first persons to buy a home in the district.

The winners will be honored at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s 139th Annual meeting to be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17 at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 West Federal St. in downtown Youngstown.  For more information about the awards and the Historical Society, call 330-743-2589 or visit www.mahoninghistory.org

 

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