The historic Gem City Ice Cream building in Dayton's Wright-Dunbar neighborhood is on Preservation Ohio's 2016 list of Ohio's 11 Most Endangered Sites.

 The 3 most “endangered” historic buildings in Dayton 

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.

The Dayton Arcade, which opened in 1904, closed its doors for good in 1991. It was describes as "one of the country's most modern and complete structures of its' kind," in a 1904 Dayton Daily News story. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Lisa Powell

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The Dayton Arcade, which opened in 1904, closed its doors for good in 1991. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Lisa Powell
This early photograph of the Dayton Arcade shows shopping stalls and shoppers in the rotunda. The building, which opened in 1904, was designed to house shops and farmers markets on the first floor while offices and apartments were located above. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
Photo: Handout

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.

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The former Dayton Daily News building at 45 S. Ludlow St.
Photo: Jim Witmer
The Dayton Daily News building in downtown Dayton at 45 S. Ludlow Street.
Photo: Lisa Powell

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.

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The historic Gem City Ice Cream building in Dayton's Wright-Dunbar neighborhood is on Preservation Ohio's 2016 list of Ohio's 11 Most Endangered Sites.
The historic Gem City Ice Cream building in Dayton's Wright-Dunbar neighborhood is on Preservation Ohio's 2016 list of Ohio's 11 Most Endangered Sites.

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