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16 buildings designated historical

June 9, 2014

By Cornelius Frolik, Dayton Daily News, Ohio



June 09--The city of Dayton has designated 16 buildings as historic sites, meaning they cannot be demolished without approval of the Landmarks Commission.

The buildings, which will be placed on the Dayton Register of Historic Landmark Properties, include a former brewery, general store, hotel and the city's first funeral home.

"We are really trying to protect these properties, because before the other night, they could have been demolished at whim," said Rachel Bankowitz, historic preservation planner with the city.

City officials identified about 30 properties on the National Register of Historic Places that were not included on the Dayton register of historic landmarks.

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 Ann Schenking, secretary of the City Plan Board.

But 16 owners consented, and their properties received a designation earlier this month.

The buildings include Memorial Hall on East First Street, the Nicholas Ohmer house on Creighton Avenue and a former brewery the Sachs and Pruden Ale Co. building on South Patterson Boulevard.

There is also the Biltmore Hotel on North Main Street and the Dayton YMCA and Engineers Club of Dayton on Monument Avenue. Then there's Sig's General Store, Westbrock Funeral Home (the city's first funeral home), Duncarrick, Hanitch-Huffman house and the Insco Apartment building.

And finally there is the Jonah Bull house, the McCormick Manufacturing Building, the Jacob H.W. Mumma house, the Mutal Home and Savings Association Building and the Hyman Schriber building.

"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 Dayton's uniqueness, and the city will attempt to identify other properties that deserve a historic designation.

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 Landmarks Commission.

"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 Steve Benning, who has lived in the Jonah Bull house for more than 20 years. The home is located at 2233 Wayne Ave. and was built in 1872.

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