Urban Loft Tour


10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Urbana, Ohio

We feature eight locations on this year’s tour to include two finished apartment lofts, one empty loft space, and one loft space under renovation.  The Gloria Theater, Masonic Temple, and the CCPA Railcar will be open for touring, as well as a vacant business venue.

Take a peek inside urban loft living in Urbana

>> The tour starts at the Gloria Theater <<<
216 S. Main Street

Gloria Theater                  Masonic Temple                                                       CCPA Railcar

Pre-Sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the following locations in Urbana:
Chamber of Commerce – 107 N. Main Street
Perpetual Federal Savings Bank -120 N. Main Street
Security National Bank – 1 Monument Square
The Peoples Savings Bank – 10 Monument Square

Day of tour tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Gloria Theater



26th Historic Home & Garden Tour

JUNE 23-24, 2018 

The Champaign County Preservation Alliance thanks everyone who made this year’s Historic Home and Garden Tour a success.  Champaign County is fortunate to have citizens and businesses willing to support non-profit organizations in the county.

Each year, these tours would not be possible without homeowners graciously having their homes and gardens on the tour, and local churches, museums, and other venues opening their doors both days of the tour.

Thank you to Ethel’s Flower Shop for donating a beautiful, unique floral arrangement for each home on the tour.  Thank you to SVG Motors and White’s Auto Group for providing SUVs for the free shuttle service offered during the tour.

We are grateful for the crafters that set up their wares at several tour homes, and for the many businesses in St. Paris that remained open Saturday and Sunday to help showcase the village to out-of-town visitors.

Thank you to Brenda Cook the Village of St. Paris Mayor, and the village council for displaying the banners for the tour and permitting the use of the old junior high school for the tour welcome center and visitor parking.  The group Our Town St. Paris did a fantastic job sprucing up the village prior to the tour.

In addition to contributions from the benefactors, sponsors, and others listed below, we could not have succeeded without our 250 volunteers that covered the eight homes and gardens, and drove the shuttle vehicles during the tour.  These volunteers collectively donated approximately 700 volunteer hours during the two-day tour. The Historic Home and Garden Tour Committee relies on many of the same volunteers and we are fortunate they readily volunteer to help with the tours year after year.

See you at next year’s Historic Home and Garden Tour on June 29-30, 2019!

Bundy Baking Solutions
The Peoples Savings Bank

Site Sponsors
Atkins Shively Funeral Home
The Champaign County Tourism Bureau
CT Communications
Darby Dental / Urbana Dental
Dusty Hurst, Real Living Darby Creek Real Estate
Henderson Land Investment Company
Market Square Realty
RE/MAX Alliance – The V. Patrick Hamilton Group
Tri-County Insurance
Turner Landscaping
Willman Furniture

Sandy & Vince Gonzalez
The Medicine Shoppe
Tim’s Towing (Tim & Kris Cassady)

Special Friend
The Hall Company

David Dye
Richard Baker
Suzanne McCoy
Dick Martin

Train Trip






Annual Meeting


Thank you to all who attended our Annual Meeting at the Urbana Country Club.  Along with a great dinner and time to socialize, we received updates on several CCPA projects to include the 2018 Façade Grants, the Historic Home & Garden Tour held just last month, our upcoming Loft Tour in November, our upcoming Train Trip (date TBD), restoration on the 1858 Meeting House, and our WWII era Rail Car.

We also announced our Volunteer of the Year and Preservationist of the Year recipients.

Volunteer of the Year – Mrs. Janet Dye.  Janet is a trustee of the CCPA Board and does a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the Historic Home & Garden Tour.  One of her major roles is at the very start of planning for each year’s tour.  For the past 20 years, Janet has sought out homes and approached homeowners asking if they would agree to have their homes on the tour.  This involved knocking on many front doors in Champaign County and convincing homeowners to include their homes on the tour.  If it weren’t for Janet’s efforts, the CCPA would not be able to present its Home & Garden tours.

Preservationist of the Year – Mr. Jason and Dr. Jessica Kile.  The Kiles have been in the Champaign County area for six years.  Dr. Kile started her dental practice in Mechanicsburg in 2012 at Darby Dental Smiles.  In 2017, she and Jason purchased the structure at 1052 S. Main Street in Urbana and opened Urbana Dental Smiles.

The Main Street structure had been for sale for over a year, and luckily, the Kiles became the new owners.  Through the years it has served many purposes starting out as a single-family residence in the early 1900s, being used by masonic organizations, serving as a nursing home, serving as the county’s temporary court house, and being used as office space before Jason and Jessica purchased the property.

The Kiles wanted to maintain as much of the original structure as possible while also configuring the space to accommodate a dental practice that afforded privacy and comfort to their patents.  They used many local businesses to perform the restoration work.  The Kiles were able to maintain the original trim, doors, transom windows, fireplace, and tile-work in the bathrooms.  They also did extensive landscaping to spruce up the curb appeal.  We thank Jason and Jessica Kiles for preserving this Champaign County historic structure.