January Newsletter
January 11, 2022
Message from the Co-Presidents
Happy New Year! As we ring in the new year, we are very excited about what 2022 has in store for us as Hudson Heritage Association celebrates its 60th Anniversary!

Looking back at the last sixty years, we are inspired by what the community and HHA have accomplished in Hudson through thoughtful advocacy, education and preservation initiatives. There is no doubt that Hudson as it appears today would have been a very different place if it weren’t for the decades of preservation-minded citizens standing up, speaking out and taking action to preserve our town’s historic structures, streetscape and Village Green. What began as a small group of concerned, passionate citizens wanting to save the historic 1839 Brewster Store from unwanted demolition continues strongly today, as we confront many of the same challenges seen over six decades, even in the midst of an ever-changing and growing community with varied interests, needs, and perspectives.

Throughout the year, we will be highlighting and reflecting on HHA's extraordinary accomplishments. Our 2021-22 year has already begun with an exciting milestone - a record of 229 members, the largest in recent memory! There were 227 founding members in 1962-63. This speaks to the continued interest and enthusiasm our members have in preserving Hudson's rich history. Thank you!

Below are several important updates and reminders as we begin the new year.

1927 Building
The Hudson City School District Board of Education is contemplating the fate of the 1927 Building and property. As the school district weighs two competing proposals, HHA is urging the abandonment of Liberty Development’s condominium proposal and asking the BoE to support a six-month moratorium while HHA pursues Part 2 of a Feasibility Study to determine the financial viability of optional proposed uses.

1.     HHA’s Option A and B seek to retain the building and/or site for community and educational purposes that will honor the original intent of the benefactors who donated the property to the Hudson School District in 1926. At that time, the deed restricted the use of the property to public school purposes. HHA met with members of the school administration and board of education January 6 to clarify its position and discuss these options in detail.

2.     Liberty Development proposes to demolish three-quarters of the historic building to construct new condominiums behind the remaining front façade. As noted in a letter to the BoE and School Superintendent, Phil Herman, this concept does not honor historic preservation and violates the Department of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation for the following reasons: 

  • New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.
  • New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.
  • A new addition should always be subordinate to the historic building; it should not compete in size, scale or design with the historic building itself.

A survey was sent to HHA members and subscribers on December 29 asking for community input on three options being proposed. The results of this survey will be available for review when the survey is closed on January 13. If you have not yet taken the survey, it is not too late.

HHA is also urging the school district to safeguard the building and property in the future regardless of the path chosen. Such protections would include a conservation easement to protect the expansive lawn and oak allée along Oviatt Street and a preservation easement to protect the building’s entire exterior façade, if an appropriate and financially viable adaptive reuse can be found.

HHA Membership Directory
This month the 2021-22 Hudson Heritage Membership Directory will be distributed to all members. We are happy to report record membership as more Hudson residents see the value of a preservation-minded organization in our historic town. Thank you for your continued support and belief in HHA’s mission and work.

HHA Monthly Program: Thursday, January 13 at Barlow Community Center.
This month HHA welcomes Mark J. Price, an award-winning journalist from Akron, as he presents his topic “This Place, This Time.” Please see below for more details.

HHA 2022 Preservation Awards Nominations
Applications are now being accepted for Hudson Heritage’s 2022 Preservation Awards, which recognize and honor historic structures in Hudson that exemplify high standards in historic preservation and restoration. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022. Please see below for more details.

As we plan for HHA’s 60th anniversary year, we look forward to celebrating this milestone with you and the community and recognize that your support will play an important part of our success. 

Be well and stay healthy.
Christopher J. Bach & Kathy Russell
Hudson Heritage Association
Mark Price to Present This Place, This Time Talk at Hudson Heritage Association’s January Program
Award-winning journalist Mark J. Price pays time and tribute to the people and places whose stories, without a teller, might remain uncelebrated or hidden around corners. Price, whose career includes more than two decades reporting for The Akron Beacon Journal and Canton Repository, will share some of his favorite tales from our town on Thursday, January 13 as the featured speaker at Hudson Heritage Association’s (HHA) monthly program. All are invited to attend the free event at Barlow Community Center at 7:30 p.m.

Price says that even more than writing, he enjoys the research element of journalism. “It’s like a treasure hunt,” he says. Much of his research and writing comes to life in three books he has authored, including “The Rest is History: True Tales from Akron’s Vibrant Past” (a compilation of his popular This Place, This Time columns), “Lost Akron” (about lost landmarks of the region) and “Mafia Cop Killers in Akron” (a dive into gangster activity in the city in the early 20th century).

Price’s beloved columns for the Beacon Journal and are a delightful mix of kitsch - like the 18-foot giant snowman that used to stand in Tallmadge Circle - and compassion, like the time he tagged along for a walk down memory lane with a woman who grew up on a farm where a shopping mall sits now.

“People who support Akron and Cleveland really love it,” Price says. “Nostalgia helps us hold on to places we can’t go back to anymore, and this is important.” Price, who lives in Hinckley, applauds Hudson for its commitment to preservation and maintaining a strong sense of place.

Every town needs their historian writer, the one with an insatiable appetite to dig, connect dots, and give voice to newsmakers and normal citizens alike. The HHA is especially grateful to start the new year with a speaker who celebrates our regional past but also is focused on its bright future, which will continue to manifest itself in fascinating people and places with stories to be told.
2022 HHA Preservation Awards
Nominations accepted until January 31, 2022
The Hudson Heritage Association Preservation Awards recognize and honor historic structures in Hudson that have been well-preserved or restored within the last five years in a manner that maintains the historic integrity of the property. No minimum or maximum number of awards will be given in any year.

We encourage our HHA members to nominate preservation/restoration projects for the 2022 HHA Preservation Awards. To be eligible, properties must be at least 75 years old, and may include private residences, commercial buildings, publicly owned buildings, nonprofit organizations and historic landscapes. You can find information about applying for the Preservation Awards Program by clicking here.

Criteria for nominations include:
  • All nominated properties must be located within the City of Hudson.
  • To be considered, restoration and preservation projects must have been completed on or after May 1, 2017.
  • Properties may be nominated by their owners or by another individual or group. If another individual or group nominates a property, the owner must be notified.
  • Consideration for awards will include appropriateness of the materials used on both the exterior and interior parts of the structure, including landscaping materials, and the historic accuracy of any preservation or restorations made.
  • Awards will be given only if all criteria are met and the work done follows the United States Department of Interiors Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, as well as any local building codes or requirements.
  • Applicants must complete application requirements in a timely manner.

Applications submitted that meet all requirements will be judged by an impartial panel of individuals who have expertise in historic preservation. No members of Hudson Heritage Association will act as judges.

Nominate a property before January 31, 2022, and help HHA celebrate preservation in Hudson.
2022 Program Dates

Plan to join us for our popular monthly programs. Unless otherwise noted, these meetings are open to the general public and are held in the Assembly Room of Barlow Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments are provided. Mark your calendars for the following dates:

February 10
"The Women of the Tiffany Studios" with Renee Sentilles

March 10
Ohio and Erie Canal Program

April 14
"Tale of Two Cities" presented by Nicholas Kent and his students from WRA

May 12
HHA Annual Meeting Program TBD

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