Hudson Heritage Association donates markers designating historic downtown

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The Hudson Heritage Association placed six markers June 4 designating the Historic District of Hudson.

Barbara Breedon Van Blarcum, HHA representative, said the cast aluminum markers were made by Sewah Studios in Marietta.

The HHA purchased the six markers for approximately $9,000, and the city placed them to mark the entrances into the historic district from different directions. The markers are gift to the city from the Hudson Heritage Association to celebrate its 50th anniversary year [2012], Van Blarcum said.

"A lot of towns have historic districts marked, and we wanted to mark Hudson's [districts]," Van Blarcum said.

The markers are located on Aurora Street at Hudson Street; on East Streetsboro Street near Bradley Drive; on West Streetsboro Street on the southwest green by the Boy Scout cabin; on South Main Street near Ravenna Street; on North Main Street north of Brandywine Drive; and on Owen Brown Street at the bridge over Brandywine Creek.

The sign was designed by Barbara McDonald with the image of an idealized house built in the Western Reserve Greek Revival architecture, Van Blarcum said.

The unveiling June 4 included the history of obtaining the markers by Tom Vince, archivist and historian at Western Reserve Academy and a speech by Mayor William Currin on the green at Ravenna Street.

In 1973, members of Hudson Heritage Association worked with the Ohio Historical Society to obtain a designation from the U.S. Department of the Interior officially creating a historic district for Hudson. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places, recognizing that portion of the city originally established by David Hudson in 1799 as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. At the time, there was no precedent in Ohio for creating such a district, and Hudson Heritage established a special task force to identify and catalog the historic properties within its boundaries.

Today, nearly 150 properties in Hudson have been researched by HHA and bear plaques reflecting their historic significance to the community.

Vince was a member of the HHA committee that worked with state and federal authorities to obtain the listing.

The work began in 1972 to include the center of Hudson in the National Register of Historic Places, which was completed in December 1973, Vince said. Rebecca Rogers was hired to conduct a study and research historic buildings in the district with the help of HHA members.

The Western Reserve Academy Historic District was researched in 1973 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in October 1974, Vince said. The Village of Hudson in 1975 passed ordinances regarding the historic district and after merger, the Architectural and Historic Board of Review continues to preserve historic buildings in Hudson.

"It has been a long journey from the original idea of nominating the center of Hudson to the National Register of Historic Places, but it is an integral part of the story of this town we call home," Vince said.

One of the city's missions is historic preservation, Currin said. The markers create awareness of the historic district and provide value by supporting the entire community.

Founded in 1962, Hudson Heritage Association works to protect historic buildings, the village streetscape, and the city's Western Reserve architectural aesthetic. It encourages the preservation of historic buildings by providing research, resources and education to homeowners who wish to maintain their historic homes and co-sponsors the city's work with the Cleveland Restoration Society. HHA also works with building owners to help them meet historic marker requirements. For more information, visit www.hudsonheritage.org

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