Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Preservation in Steubenville

I emailed the Mayor of Steubenville, Ohio a few weeks ago, and I asked questions about the city of Steubenville's stance on historic preservation, and if there were currently any projects underway.

Good news. I received an email today from the Urban Projects Director of the City of Steubenville. He reports that the city has an active historic preservation program.  There are at least two significant historic buildings that are in the process of being renovated:  The Grand Theater and The Washington Square Apartments.  It was gratifying to learn that Steubenville cares about its historic buildings and is making efforts to save them, especially in light of the eminent domain and urban renewal disasters happening in nearby Wheeling.

Steubenville has two historic districts, a Historic Landmarks Commission, and restored 1780s Fort Steuben. It also has an impressive skyline and architectural pedigree for a city of less than 20,000 residents.  Steubenville is located only about half an hour west of Pittsburgh.

You can read a 1986 historic building survey of Steubenville here.

Washington Square Apartments, Steubenville, OH

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