Leveraging Historic Buildings and Districts for the Revitalization of Dayton – A Mobile Workshop
Friday, December 7, 2018
1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST
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This Mobile Workshop will highlight the evolution and revitalization of three historic buildings and their role in creating a strong sense of place in Dayton. Participants will visit Hawthorne School, Wheelhouse Lofts and Fire Blocks District to view transformations completed or underway. Participants will understand how creating a strong sense of place has driven private sector investment in the areas to be highlighted on the tour.
Participants will visit Hawthorne School, Wheelhouse Lofts and Fire Blocks District to view transformations completed or underway. Participants will understand how creating a strong sense of place drives private sector investment in the areas to be highlighted on the tour.
Hawthorne School built in 1886 in the Romanesque style, it is an excellent example of a large Victorian era school building. The school, in dire need of repairs, closed in the mid 1980’s and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. By 1998, the building transformed into 20 apartment units. Now, twenty years later, and because of the strength of the McPherson Town Historic Neighborhood, the building is transitioning to For Sale market rate condominiums.
Wheelhouse Lofts was once used as an automobile assembly plant, the 150-year-old Weustoff and Getz Co. building and been transformed into 40 market rate apartment units that is stimulating a natural expansion of Dayton’s Oregon District to Oregon East.
Wheelhouse was place on the National Register in 2014 and received State Historic Preservation Tax Credits later that year. Lifestyle amenities have been added to the first floor with plans for more investment in Oregon East that will be share with participants.
Fire Blocks District is centrally located in the downtown Dayton, the redevelopment of the Elks Building and the Huffman Blocks Buildings in the Fire Blocks District will create a destination for long-vacant space. Just getting underway, the historic renovation and adaptive reuse of the Huffman and Elks Buildings in the Fire Block District supports the ongoing revitalization happening in Dayton. From a pedestrian perspective, activating the Fire Blocks Historic District provides a pivotal link to activity in Webster Station, Water Street, and the Oregon District, and beyond.
Amy Walbridge, Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org