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Lorain County Landmark Program Identification and Recognition
Lorain County Historical Society has established a program to identify
and recognize those buildings, structures, sites and districts that
convey Lorain County history. The Lorain County Preservation Network and
its participant organizations administer the program.
owners must either be the applicant or authorize the applicant to submit
the application.* The program will recognize listed landmarks as a
contributor of the history of Lorain County, its communities and
townships. There are not restrictions on use or alterations attached to this designation. Designation does not convey any property rights. Designation is the owner's recognition for the property and its place in local history.
committee of network participant organizations will determine property
eligibility. The committee will meet at least twice a year, with
additional meeting if warranted. When applications are denied staff will
explain the decision and action needed to reverse the decision.
An eligible decision will be based on three criteria:
- Age: More than 50 years. Documentation will be required.
Tells a story of the past and contributes to our understanding of
community, architectural, industrial, biographical, or other history
relevant to the county's past. A property can be significant for its
builder, owner, neighborhood, business or other story that can be
- Integrity: The building's ability to convey to the
observer the characteristics and qualities of the era for which it is
A plaque, designed to convey the
building's significance to Lorain County history, will be available for
purchase by the owner. Once designated the Lorain County Historical
Society will not monitor the property to determine its continued
eligibility. If informed that a building is no longer eligible the
Historical Society will send a letter to the owner stating the reasons
for the withdrawal of eligibility and request that either the plaque be
removed or steps be taken to restore eligibility. The building will be
removed from the list of county historic landmarks. No further action
will be taken.
The Lorain County Historical Society
and local historical societies maintain valuable documents and
information that will assist applicants with research on their
properties. Applicants are encouraged to contact these organizations for
assistance. Network staff will be available to view the building and
discuss its potential for eligibility.
Participants: Avon Historical Society, Avon Lake Historical Society, Avon Lake Landmark Preservation Society, Brownhelm Historic Association, Charleston Village Society, Inc., City of Elyria, Cleveland Restoration Society, Elyria Landmarks Commission, Friends of 45, Lorain County Community Development Department, Lorain County Historical Society, Lorain Historical Society, Lorain Lighthouse Foundation, Inc., North Ridgeville Historical Society, Oberlin Heritage Center, Sheffield Village Historical Society, Vermilion-on-the-Lake Lot Owners Association.
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