Wrecking ball awaits Peck House, former church on Wick Avenue

Wrecking ball awaits Peck House, former church on Wick Avenue

Staff report


The historic Peck House on the Youngstown State University campus is being demolished.

YSU trustees voted last June to raze the building, located on Wick Avenue.

Gene Grilli, vice president for finance and administration, sent a memo last week throughout campus saying the building was being deconstructed.

The Peck House is a 7,660-square-foot, single-family home in the Wick Avenue Historic District and was built in 1887 for Dr. George and Emeline Peck. It’s one of six mansions remaining on Wick.

A committee comprised on campus and community representatives met for several months and tried to find a use for the building.

But no uses that were economically feasible were identified.

“Meanwhile, the administration has recommended and the Board of Trustees has accepted a plan to also demolish Pilgrim Collegiate Church on the corner of Wick and Lincoln avenues,” Grilli’s memo says. “A timeline for the demolition has not been set.”

Trustees voted to tear down the church last March.

The same committee that sought uses for the Peck House also did so for the church with the same result.

YSU bought the church in 2007 to prevent the property from being developed commercially.

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