Historical society names the winners of the historic preservation award


The winners will be recognized at a ceremony at the Historical Society‘s 146th Annual Meeting in June.

YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning Valley Historical Society recently announced its 2021 Historic Preservation Award winners for outstanding revitalization projects and people who have made an impact on preservation in the community.

The MVHS Historic Preservation Awards are sponsored by First Place Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

In the Community Revitalization Award category, “The Monastery” at 1810 Volney Road and the exterior of the Mahoning County Courthouse at 120 Market St. are the winning projects.

“The Monastery”, supposedly because of its strong association for decades as a Carmelite monastery and worship center, headed by Father Richard Madden, is owned by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.

The structure was originally owned by Emery McKelvey and was used as a single family home. The restored property now echoes its historic use with three apartments and a neighborhood action center for public gatherings.

The exterior restoration of the Mahoning County Courthouse was praised by the jury for its dedication to original building materials and quality preservation work.

The restoration of the copper statues at the top of the building was recognized in 2018 with an MVHS Historic Preservation Award. The Mahoning County Commissioners Office owns the property.

The Eastern Gateway Community College building at 101 E. Boardman St. and the Iron and String Life Enhancement Headquarters at 28-32 Fifth Ave. receive the commercial revitalization award.

The revitalized building at the corner of Boardman and Champion streets adds to the EGTC campus at the east end of downtown Youngstown. The property is owned by EGCC and the Western Reserve Port Authority.

The two-story structure, known for many years as the Harshman Building, was originally built by the East Ohio Gas Company. Its first-floor entrance hall was used by the public to make payments and will now be used as open classrooms. A “simple elegance” was noted by the judges in its revelation of Art Deco details hidden by old renovations.

The Iron and String Life Enhancement Headquarters is a preservation story that has shifted building structures from extensive water damage and deterioration to inventive and barrier-free adaptive reuse west of downtown Youngstown. The property has been used for many years by a display case manufacturing company. Today, it houses a range of services for people with special needs in Mahoning County.

For special recognition of an individual’s contribution to local preservation efforts, the Board of Trustees Award of Excellence is presented to Joseph Pedaline.

Pedaline began preserving homes on the north side in 1987. Leveraging his career in heating and cooling, he brought his professional expertise to stabilize many homes at risk on Fairgreen, Lora and Ohio avenues.

The winners will be recognized at a ceremony at the 146th MVHS Annual Meeting on June 22. A video presentation will premiere at the meeting for members and guests, then be available to the public shortly thereafter on MVHS ‘ website and its social media platforms.


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