Thursday, June 11, 2009

2009 Historic Preservation Award Winners

Community Revitalization Award
Fallen Fire Fighters Bridge (Spring Commons Bridge)
The bridge formerly known as the Spring Common Bridge was refurbished and renamed the Fallen Fire Fighter’s Bridge in 2008. The Bridge was designed by the engineering firm of Wilbur Watson and Associates of Cleveland and constructed in 1949 by the Mt. Vernon Bridge Company. The objective of restoration was to enhance the Bridge while preserving the original design, materials and appearance. The deck was replaced; a new sidewalk was constructed with new railings; and structural steel repairs were made to the beams and girders. The structural steel was cleaned and repainted a shade of red that both commemorates the fire fighters and compliments the surrounding environs.

Commercial Revitalization Award
John R. Davis Building
Youngstown’s late 19th and early 20th century history of development from a small Midwestern town into a thriving metropolis is will documented by the built environment in its downtown. Stemming from concern of the rapid loss of these assets, the three architects of Faniro Architects formed the Sweet Jenny Land Company for the purpose of rescuing and rehabilitating the John R. Davis Building. Built in 1899 the architects saw this building as an opportunity to save an historic structure and to develop it in such a manner as to serve as a model of a mixed-use, adaptive reuse of a historic urban property. The structure houses a street level retail space, the offices of Faniro Architects on the second level and a loft style residence on the upper floor.

MVHS Directors Awards of Achievement
Emerald Street Homes – The Bolan Family
Built between 1900 and 1912 presumably by the steel mills as worker homes, the eight remaining row houses along Emerald Street in Smoky Hollow were acquired by the Bolan Family between 1999 and 2008. Four of the homes are completed and occupied my members of the family, while the remaining four are in various stages of rehabilitation. The renovations have been funded completely by the family who want to protect the environment by resuing and recycling materials, restore the homes on the outside to as near as authentic as possible, use local businesses and vendors, and improve the quality of life in Smoky Hollow.