Save Historic Harsh Home from Demolition

Save Historic Harsh Home from Demolition

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Nicholas Kafantaris started this petition to Mayor of Warren, Ohio William Franklin Mayor of Warren Ohio and

I honestly thought that razing historic buildings was a thing of the past, part of 1960's or 70's progressivism and obsession with concrete "modernity".  Having grown up in a Victorian in Warren Ohio in the 1990's, I experienced first-hand the ennobling benefits of being surrounded by history & remnants of a more refined time - and I took it for granted that everyone felt that way, too. 

My concerns for the City of Warren started in 2007 when a beautiful 1869 Mansard doll-house next to St. Demetrius Church, which was once owned by General Radcliffe (Second in Command with General Grant in the Civil War) was razed due to a minor "roof fire", the effects of which were not visible to an onlooker from the outside, seeming completely repairable.  "How could someone destroy something so beautiful, in this day and age?" I thought. 

After that, one by one things began to disappear.  Warren G. Harding was reduced to a fragment.  The Land Bank took over and razed scores of houses that seemed structurally completely fine.  Federal money was waiting in the wings, and the Land Bank seemed to "find" reasons to tear things down in order to use that money.  Many of these homes, if not most, were over 100 years old and were in Warren's "Historic" district. The sale of these homes was refused to developers that wanted to convert them to rentable units, and were only offered to people that would convert them to Single Family Residences - but who in Warren had the money at that time to convert these mansions as SFR's?  Ultimately, no one got them - they were torn down - the executives at the Land Bank kept their fancy jobs, demo companies got rich - and today our Warren neighborhoods appear to be nothing more than fields of neglected and overgrown grassy plots.

When I really realized there was a REAL problem was when a home built in 1835, literally right next to the home of the Historic Society on "Millionaire's Row" was razed in 2017.  Not only that - but the main arbiter of this was the supposed greatest cultural institution in the City - the Warren Public Library - home to museums, vast book collections, and only geneaology department in the county.  I could not fathom, and still cannot to this day, how this was allowed to happen.  I was further incensed later to find out that the owners of this home were prominent abolitionists, as if the cause for African American Freedom was of no consequence to our city's remembrance - people who risked their own freedom to assist the freedom of others, as the assistance to runaway slaves at the time was punishable by harsh jail sentences. 

At this stage I cannot stand back and do nothing anymore.  The point of this petition is to save the historic "Harsh House", located at 326 N. Park Avenue.  It is currently owned by Coon Restoration, a company that purports to be a restoration company. Their plan is to raze it for parking for their restoration of the Packard Apartments, a project which they have been sitting on for years with no action at all.  It has been stripped of its beautiful woodwork and millwork elements by a combination of vandals and Coon Restoration themselves, and currently stands windowless & completely open to the elements.  

I implore you to sign this petition to save the Harsh Home.  We cannot wait for another generation to take on the preservation of our city, because by that time it will be too late. The time is now, and we have to act to preserve what we have left NOW.  As an enlightened individual I ask you to please take part in stopping these continuously barbarous acts against the beauty, charm, and very fiber of the America that once was. This is a memory that has every right to remain, if not by our own estimation, then by the estimation of those that may come after us.  

 

 

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