Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ohio preservation board recommends Mount Airy Forest for National Register

The Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board has recommended Mount Airy Forest for the National Register of Historic Places.

The recommendation now goes to state historic preservation officer Dr. William K. Laidlaw Jr., who may choose to forward it to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places for consideration.

A decision from the Keeper is expected within 90 days.

Mount Airy Forest, the largest park in Cincinnati's park system at just under 1,470 acres, was created in 1911 with the acquisition of 168-acres of depleted produce and dairy farms.

The majority of the park was developed during the Great Depression with federal funding and federal labor programs, including the Works Progress Administration, the Civil Works Administration, and the African-American Civilian Conservation Corps.

The nomination also recognizes the design of landscape architect George E. Kessler and state forester Edmund Secrest, the quality of construction of its rustic structures, and for the work of R. Carl Freund, the park board architect who designed 12 buildings in the park between 1930 and 1959.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the content of the "Historic Resources of the Cincinnati Park and Parkway System 1817-1959" study, which could become the basis for deciding which components of the City's parks and parkway system are eligible for National Register listing; and recommended the Charles C. Meade House in Loveland for the Ohio State Registry of Archaeological and Historic Landmarks.

Nine other Ohio sites were recommended for the National Register, including:

  • Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, Bellaire
  • Concord Hicksite Friends Meeting House, Belmont County
  • Inglewood Historic District, Cleveland Heights
  • The Railway Chapel, Denison
  • The Town Pump, East Sparta
  • Old Enon Road Stone Arch Culvert, Enon
  • Selby Shoe Company Building, Ironton
  • Olive Branch High School, New Carlisle
  • Harvey Wells House, Wellston
Also on BC:
Photo gallery: Mount Airy Forest