Past Projects

Home and Garden Tour

The 2015 Home and Garden Tour was a big success despite an unseasonably cold, rainy Saturday. The tour featured Urbana, showcasing six homes, three gardens, a business, and the Johnny Appleseed Museum. There were new visitors from surrounding states, and as close as Columbus and Dayton who discovered our beautiful architecture and learned about our rich local history. We would like to thank our benefactors, The Peoples Savings Bank and Bundy Baking Solutions, as well as the many area merchants who donated merchandise for our raffle baskets and placed ads in the program. Many local artists and crafters also participated in the tour. Most importantly, we would also like to thank the leadership committee as well as the countless volunteers who gave many hours to the organization to make sure every visitor had a positive experience. The 2015 tour netted over $8,000 for facade grants to area homeowners and businesses.

It is also important to mention the passing of two very important committee members, Bob Wetzel, who did many behind the scenes tasks, and Londa Schwierking, who organized many merchant donations into the beauti-ful raffle baskets. Both will be missed this year, and the committee is grateful for their many years of hard work.

Suzanne McCoy
Co Chair

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2015 Residential Grants

Our façade grant program consists of awarding a matching grant to assist homeowners who take on an exterior project to restore and preserve the historic beauty and attributes of their residence. In 2015, the grant committee selected two properties deserving of the grant.

The first was awarded to Pat and Tammy Elliott for the improvements and restoration of the porch on their stately home located at 419 Scioto St. in Urbana. The Elliotts have shown a wonderful example of updating a historic property to fit today’s family needs while preserving the original attributes of the home.  The second was awarded to the Bry Home located 112 E. Reynolds St. in Urbana. The Brys tackled the repair of crumbling steps to the entry and are repairing an original chimney to the home.

Congratulations and a BIG THANK YOU to both recipients for their care and hard work.

The Champaign County Preservation Alliance strongly encourages and supports the efforts of homeowners who want to partake in an exterior project to enhance or protect the historical integrity of their home. We are once again offering matching residential façade grants for the 2016 year.  Interested parties may contact Dusty Hurst for addition-al information at 937-869-0970 or to receive an application. Applications may also be picked up at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.

Applications are due by June 30, 2016. To qualify, the project must be on the exterior of a 1940’s or pre-1940’s home.

Dusty Hurst,

Elliot Home

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Oktoberfest 2015

On Sunday, October 4th, the CCPA was once again an active participant in the Champaign County Historical Society Oktoberfest. Among the items available for purchase were Urbana postcards, Tombstone Trail booklets and Loft Tour pre-event tickets. In addition, friends of CCPA had created beaded bracelets and CCPA board member Suzanne McCoy designed decorative scarecrows for sale.

Members distributed information about CCPA and its programs, sold memberships and promoted the up-coming November Urban Loft Tour. Volunteers for the day included Rich Colvin, Dusty Hurst, Suzanne McCoy, Mary Mott, Robert Pollock, Mary Pollock, and Dorothy Yoder. A special thank you to all those who helped make the event a success!

October Fest in Urbana Ohio with Dusty Hurst.  Suzanne McCoy designed the scarecrows

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The Deer Hunter

The Champaign County Preservation Alliance paid half of $5000 to restore the “Indian Hunter” by John Qunicy Adams Ward, in conjunction with a Save Our Sculpture grant. This is the only sculpture restored by SOS in the State of Ohio. This statue is located in the Oak Dale Cemetery.

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Man on the Monument

Current projects included the contribution up to $400 to have the Man-On-The Monument evaluated for restoration. This project was a part of Urbana’s Downtown Revitalization. This project has been completed.

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