The buildings, which will be placed on the
"We are really trying to protect these properties, because before the other night, they could have been demolished at whim," said
City officials identified about 30 properties on the
Property owners were contacted and invited to be part of the request for the special historic designation. However, some owners objected.
"We originally started with a larger list, but any property owner who did not want to be on the list was removed," said
But 16 owners consented, and their properties received a designation earlier this month.
The buildings include Memorial Hall on
There is also the
And finally there is the Jonah Bull house, the
"They are all so different," Bankowitz said. "Some are associated with our residential history, commercial history, industrial history and social history."
Bankowtiz said these properties illustrate
Property owners do not need prior approval to make exterior and interior modifications to the historic buildings. They just cannot tear them down without getting approval from the
"I think this is a great gesture to help preserve these buildings because I'd hate to see any of these historic places get torn down," said
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