Notable projects preserve history

Staff report


The Mahoning Valley Historical Society Board of Directors has revealed the winners of the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards. The winners will be honored on June 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., downtown. For reservations, call 330-743-2589. A collection of before and after images can be seen at

Here are the winners:

Community Revitalization Award: Mahoning County Courthouse Statues, Youngstown.

The three statues were removed from the roof in 2010 and given a $70,000 restoration. Project designer was Elizabeth Murphy, of Chambers, Murphy and Burge.

Community Revitalization Award: The Manchester Room, Central Branch, Youngstown YMCA. The Italian Renaissance room was restored to its original glory and is now available as a community meeting room. The project designer was Strollo Architects.

Community Revitalization Award: Jones Hall, Youngstown State University.

This $930,000 project was designed by eS Architecture of Dublin, Ohio.

MVHS Directors Award of Achievement: J. R. Cumpston and 1229 Elm Street, Youngstown. The house at 1229 Elm St. was built in 1902 and had been split into two apartments. In 2011, J.R. Cumpston, an architect with Olsavsky Jaminet, bought the house and began restoration work that returned it to a single-family home. He moved into the home in 2013. Crumpston said he was tired of seeing old homes get demolished and wanted to save and preseve at least one.

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