Chunks of Dayton’s history are crumbing before our very eyes.
Two nonprofits hope to draw attention to that fact.
Three Montgomery County buildings deemed historically important are on the 2016 list of Ohio’s 16 Most Endangered Sites.
Members of Preservation Ohio, a statewide nonprofit focused on historic preservation, will tour the endangered sites Saturday with members of Preservation Dayton Inc. , a local group with a similar mission locally.
Below are the most endangered historic buildings in Montgomery County with descriptions from Preservation Ohio.
Preservation Dayton nominated the local buildings for the Preservation Ohio list to shine a light on their condition and importance, said Monica Snow, that group’s second vice president.
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“They are state assets,” she said of the local buildings. “They have significance beyond the Greater Dayton region.”
DAYTON ARCADE, downtown Dayton
Almost three decades of vacancy has damaged these five interconnecting, still structurally sound buildings constructed between 1902 and 1904. Plans are under way to redevelop the Arcade, but it remains threatened in the meantime.
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FORMER DAYTON DAILY NEWS BUILDING, 45 S. Ludlow St., downtown Dayton
This 1908 building designed by Albert Pretzinger sits partially open to the elements. City officials and local preservation advocates are working to save this majestic building.
THE GEM CITY ICE CREAM BUILDING, 1005 W. Third St., Dayton’s Wright-Dunbar Historic District
The original wooden structure dating from 1886 housed the Wright Brothers’ first bicycle shop in 1892. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, however it is currently vacant, deteriorating and recently vandalized.