Thinking of buying a historic dwelling? Those folks who love old homes are often frowned upon by our more modern friends and family in that we beat up as opposed to that which is brand new and without need of constant repair and want something old. So what can we say, the love for historical dwellings isn’t easy to explain.
What exactly is it about a historic dwelling which makes it appealing; the architecture, the classic hardware, or the understanding that someone lived in the home? Maybe it is the above all. There’s some thing about taking that and bringing it back to life that gives us satisfaction. But such a task can be quite costly.
Some towns and cities recognize the value of edifices and their historical homes, understanding what makes their town unique to every other town and an intricate part of their history, their culture is it. In researching this issue I detected the Cleveland Restoration Society. This is a wonderful example of an organization that supports preservation locally with knowledge and fiscal resources.
They were alarmed at the then-planned demolition of the Mechanics Block, a building constructed at Ontario and Prospect Ave in 1832. A brick construction the Mechanics Block using a mansard roof, had found its share including within the Underground Railroad. As time passed the property was abandoned, and by the early 1970s rumors were circulating about a threat of demolition.”
Within the years it became clear that historic resources of real quality existed through the city and in Cleveland neighborhoods.