Heritage Ohio, for the first time ever, presented Downtown Tiffin with four awards at the Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the historic Ohio Theatre in Toledo, Ohio.
Awards were given to:
- Mary Lewis winner of the Spirit of Main Street Award
- 92 South Washington Street winner of the Best Commercial Rehabilitation (Small Project Award)
- 149 Frost Parkway & 24-25 Adams Street winner of the Best Residential Rehabilitation Award
- Arlington Acres winner of the Historic Farmstead of the Year Award
This Spirit of Main Street award is presented to an individual who has dedicated their time, effort, and expertise toward helping their Main Street program transform and thrive. The Best Commercial Rehabilitation award is presented to one or more individuals, tenants, or building owners who have completed the best total building rehabilitation project based on proper preservation techniques. The Best Residential Rehabilitation award is presented to one or more individuals, tenants or homeowners who have completed the best exterior and/or interior single-family residential project based on proper preservation techniques. The Historic Farmstead award is presented to the historic farmstead which best embodies the marriage of modern agricultural practices with historic buildings, or best embodies the innovative reuse of historic agricultural buildings.
Matt Wiederhold, the Executive Director of Heritage Ohio, said “Downtown Tiffin’s Main Street program continues to thrive. I would like to congratulate them on their awards for these projects that preserve history in Tiffin and create a better quality of life.”
Since Downtown Tiffin began submitting applications in 2017, the organization has received 13 awards from Heritage Ohio and received one honorable mention.
Tiffin Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said, “I am thrilled that the efforts of our businesses and building owners in Tiffin continue to be recognized by Heritage Ohio. Congratulations to all of the award winners, and especially to Mary Lewis, who is being commended for her years of dedicated service to Tiffin and Seneca County.”
The Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference is to provide attendees networking opportunities and informational presentations by community preservation and revitalization experts in addition to the awards ceremony.
About Heritage Ohio
As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of local tourism. Learn more by visiting http://www.heritageohio.org.
About Downtown Tiffin
The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together as “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC (now TSEP) to act as the downtown organization which is now “Downtown Tiffin.” In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program and became a state and nationally accredited program with Main Street America.