Significant Progress Since 1977!
Supporting the preservation and appreciation of Perrysburg's historic architectural heritage
Projects to date:
Since 1977, Historic Perrysburg has been very busy in the promotion and preservation of local architecture.
Historic Perrysburg ans supported many projects in creative ways--projects have included special documents and publications, historic plaques, monetary donations, educational resources, architectural/drafting resources, lecture series, walking tours, and more!
A few of our significant projects:
- Campaigned for the creation of the East River Road Historic District.
- Promoted the need for a historic zoning ordinance.
- Created promotional literature to cultivate awareness and interest in our built environment.
- Sought the advice of consultants for the restoration of the Huntington Bank Building
- Provided the landscape plan and planting of locust trees for a new business at Louisiana Ave. and Third St.
- Coordinated a series of lectured and walking tours on local history, architecture, and downtown restoration.
- Led tours and lectures in Perrysburg Junior High's Variety Education Venture programs.
- Placed the 1840 Spafford House on West River Road on the National Register
- Advocated the adoption of the Secretary of Interior's Standards Rehabilitation for the Historic Landmarks Commision.
- Published monthly articles in the local newspaper and Bend of the River magazine featuring selected homes and buildings.
- Assisted the city to become a Certified Local Government in the National Historic Preservation Program and acquired a greant for the inventory of 75 structures not in the Historic District.
- Funded a $3,000 historic inventory of homes and buildings completed by BGSU.
- Assisted in the development of Perrysburg Revitalization, Inc.(downtown restoration program).
- Prepared a driving tour brochure of rural Wood County.
- Challenged people in several contests in the local newspaper to identify specific architectural details on local homes.
- Participated in the City’s Historic Preservation Heritage Fair and offered walking tours in the historic district.
- Donated plans and money for the City’s mobile gazebo.
- Developed a program for recognition of homeowners who preserve and enhance their historic properties.
- Assisted the city in presenting a Preservation Seminar for the public.
- Published a soft-cover book on 65 of Perrysburg’s best old buildings.
- Provide bronze plaques identifying buildings of architectural or historical significance.
- Promoted expansion of the Historic District.
- Conducted a public presentation of 90 photographs showing 17 architectural styles found in Perrysburg.
- Assisted in the coordination the first Harrison Rally Days celebration.
- Sponsored two Building Doctor Clinics offering free expert advice to homeowners on preservation methods and techniques.
- Organized and spearheaded Wood and Lucas County efforts to get an aesthetically pleasing replacement for the 1929 Fort Meigs Memorial Bridge .
- Coordinated an Ohio Historical Preservation Office meeting here to aid them in establishing statewide strategies and plans.
- Created and offered for sale picture postcards featuring local scenes.
- Created a special calendar commentating the City’s 175th anniversary.
- Contributed $1,000 to the city to purchase 1200 shade trees.
- Awarded more than $2,000 toward the bronze replication of the original marble Commodore Perry statue.
- Created and paid nearly $2,000 for the bronze marker in Hood Park recounting important historic events that took place here at the Foot of the Rapids.
- Invested over $600 on books, pamphlets and how-to periodicals to create a preservation resource library in Way Library.
- Provided local teachers and students a series of 12 folders entitled “What You Should Know About Perrysburg”.
- Initiated the first of a series of public seminars during National Preservation Week, the second featuring nationally recognized Lee Adler.
- Sponsored trolley tours of Perrysburg and The Hamlet.
- Obtained a grant to get an Ohio Historical Society Bicentennial bronze marker for Milestone Park, paying for our third of the $1,500 cost.
- Sponsored a tour of Toledo sculptures.
- Offered a program of archival albums to collect and preserve information on old houses.
- Created a website , making instantly available to the public pictures and information on over 100 homes and buildings, as well as other information relating to Perrysburg's history.
- Became the umbrella support of a citizens’ committee to promote the idea of a historic center and museum.
- Created a coloring book for fourth grade students featuring sketches of past and present old buildings and homes, and short essays on local history.
- Worked with schools on a student-created video featuring some of our better old homes and buildings and their history.
- Coordinated with the school system for short lectures on local history by Historic Perrysburg volunteers.
- Sponsored an annual photo contest featuring sites of preservation.
- Sponsored bus tours of the homes and churches of Toledo's Old West End.
- Conducted a survey of the location and condition of the milestones between Perrysburg and Woodville; documenting them in a booklet placed in Way Public Library.
- Published a comprehensive Visitor's Guide encompassing Perrysburg's history, a listing of local historical sites, and a self-guided walking tour of historic homes and buildings.
- Conducted "Cemetery Walks" at Fort Meigs Union Cemetery featuring re-enactors of local residents of long ago telling their stories.
- Conducted walking tours of the historic district at Perrysburg's monthly "First Friday" event.