Thursday, July 8, 2010

Knox Hill to conduct its own Historic Inventory

The Knox Hill Neighborhood Association is planning on submitting the results of its own Historic Building Inventory Survey To Ohio Historic Preservation Office and the City of Cincinnati.
How obviously historic eligible properties like this were overlooked on the 2004 survey is a source of concern to preservationists.

Citing the inadequacy of the City of Cincinnati Survey, which lists only two homes in the Knox Hill area the group has elected to conduct it's own survey after discussions with OHPO. The group plans to set up a meeting to discuss the inventory soon.

The Neighborhood Association has been engaged in extensive documentation since last fall in preparation of submission of a Historic District nomination for the Knox Hill Neighborhood.

" We have identified, so far, 22 properties that if they were individually submitted, would qualify for the national register and dozens more that would be contributing to a "historic clusters", the current city historic inventory is joke and one of the reasons that potentially historic property is routinely demoed." said one of the asociations survey team members.

The group will submit the first phase of its own survey to the state OHPO directly and ask those properties be included on the Ohio Historic Inventory List. The group will also submit copies to the city of Cincinnati Urban Conservator. It is the group's hope that the city recognizes the state's acceptance on the inventory list and adds these structures to the city list. "They are understaffed and undertrained. One would think they would welcome the assistance" said one neighborhood member, "We are doing the job right, not just conducting a 30 mile an hour drive by".
This rare gothic framed church building, located on Fairmount is not on the inventory list, experts with backgrounds in Preservation agree it should be.

Knox Hill has been engaged in a battle with the city to stop demolitions since a historic George Barber planbook home was demolished by the city on Blaine Ave. The group filed a formal complaint with HUD regarding the city's lack of a proper Section 106 review process. Knox Hill Neighborhood Association was formed in 2008 to preserve the Knox Hill Neighborhood.

1 comment:

epavner said...

I think it's great that your neighborhood is taking on the task of doing this survey, and not relying on the government to do everything for you. I'm sure the analysis will be done on a much more in-depth level than an effort that needs to cover all 52 neighborhoods. Maybe your efforts can inspire other neighborhoods to do the same, as few other neighborhoods show this type of initiative. Few are willing to take the time to thoughtfully document their neighborhoods' architectural history.