Historic Preservation

Preservation in Our Area

Historic preservation is a key part of the mission of the Alliance Area Preservation Society. We work to encourage the preservation of properties throughout our community. The Society maintains a small library of preservation literature at the Haines House and has presented the Ohio History Connection's Building Doctors program in Alliance.

Preservation Resource Links

National Trust for Historic Preservation - http://www.preservationnation.org/

Ohio History Connection's Building Doctors - http://www.ohiohistory.org/state-historic-preservation-office/building-doctor

Preservation Ohio - http://preserveohio.com/

Heritage Ohio - http://www.heritageohio.org/

Cleveland Restoration Society's Preservation Toolbox - http://www.clevelandrestoration.org/resources/preservation_toolbox.php

Local Contractors with Preservation Experience

One of the questions AAPS frequently receives is who to call for help with a historic house. Our organization has worked with many local contractors, and are familiar with others. The list on the PDF file linked below is not conprehensive, and is not meant to be an endorsement by AAPS. It is meant to provide you with a place to start if you are looking for help. If you've had a good experience with someone you'd like to share, please let us know. Click here!


Preservation Awards

YMCA Plaque The Preservation Society recognizes the work of people throughout the community in their efforts to preserve local historic buildings through our annual Preservation Awards. Nominations are accepted in the early summer and voted on by the community during Carnation Festival Week at the Haines House. Past recipients are listed below.


Alliance Preservation Awards:

The Alliance Area Preservation Society's Preservation Award honors noteworthy preservation projects in the greater Alliance area. These awards are an opportunity for the Society to recognize the efforts of property owners and the often heroic work they perform in preserving the historic and architectural resources in our area. The awards also encourage historic preservation and acknowledge that good preservation can be found in the restoration of the most modest residence to the grandest mansion. Award categories are as follows:

Private Residence: Structures owned by an individual or a family and used primarily as a residence.

Commercial Property: All types of commercial properties, including rental, industrial, and retail.

Civic Property: Property owned and used by a civic organization uses such as a church, or non-profit group or government.

Any individual business, or organization seeking to maintain the architectural heritage of Alliance may apply.

2010 Preservation Award Recipients:

Scranton House
740 South Union, built 1905

Constructed of unique orange glazed French brick, this Queen Anne style beauty was associated with the Clarence O. Scranton Company, a plumbing, heating and building supply company. It features subtle texture contrasts between the brick, stone trim, wood shingled gables and ironwork.

Devine House
355 East Columbia, built 1907

This was originally the home of Irish Catholic immigrant, John C. Devine and his wife, Mary. Devine was a well-established contractor and engineer in the Ohio /PA area who was responsible for erecting many fine buildings and paving the streets of Alliance. He was also postmaster from 1892-1896. His home was built in the imposing Richardsonian Romanesque style with the characteristic rounded (Romanesque) arches featured in the six bay porch of rock faced ashlar sandstone. The steep clay tile roof has three large dormers with ornamental stonework and leaded glass windows.

Alliance YWCA
239 East Market, built c. 1872

Originally the James and Emma Craven home it became the home of the YWCA in 1926. Craven, a Civil War veteran, was a businessman who operated a building supply warehouse adjacent to his home. The red brick Italian villa style house has prominent arched windows with hooded moldings, an intricate cornice and a tower entrance. A meeting room, known as Haggart Hall, was added in 1939.

Jupiter Studios
346 East Main, built 1925

Originally built as the S.S. Kresge Department Store and later the Jupiter Discount Store, it is now the home of the Alliance for Music and Arts, a venue for live music and a gallery for local visual art displays. Constructed of variegated light colored brick with limestone trim in the popular Neoclassical commercial style of the 1920’s. Notice the classical details (Greek urns and vases between groups of pilasters) on the second floor.

2011 Preservation Award Recipients:

59 West Ely
built 1877

This Italianate style brick home has been lovingly restored by the current owners who inherited the house. It is unique for having many of its original segmental arched windows, original double front door and screen door and many interior features intact. Notice also the lovely Eastlake style wraparound porch.

Alliance Post Office
36 South Arch Street,
built 1916
Perhaps the most architecturally significant public building in the City of Alliance, this imposing sandstone edifice is in the prevailing Neoclassical style of government buildings in the early 20th century. Designed to recall ancient Greek and Roman temples, the implication was one of stability and power.

2012 Preservation Award Recipeints:

Conrad Lodge No. 271
(Masonic Temple)
144 S. Linden, built 1915-1917

This red brick Georgian Revival style building was built during WWI and dedicated with a parade, a dinner and “Grand Ball” on New Year’s Day 1918. Contrasting limestone trim is used with the brick to create classically inspired windows, corner quoins, a denticulated cornice and a pediment roof.

3001 South Union
built c. 1865

This mid 19th century home was probably a farmhouse just outside the Village of Mount Union. Notably situated on a small hill overlooking Silver Park, it has been lovingly restored. A bracketed overhanging cornice, spiral corner guards and a large wraparound porch with braces have been painted in three contrasting colors for optimum affect.

2013 Preservation Award Recipients:

The Alliance Women’s Club
229 South Union, built 1907

Originally the home of Walter Webb Sr. and his wife Katharine, it became the Alliance Women’s Club in 1923. A two story frame Colonial Revival style portico is the main architectural feature of this white-painted brick which also has a variety of beveled glass and leaded windows. A large one story meeting room, called the Georgian Room, was added to the back (west) in 1931. 

419 South Union
built c. 1887

Italianate houses such as this one were common in Alliance during the late 19th century but few have survived relatively intact. Of special interest is the bracketed square columned wraparound porch and double front doors.  Possibly a cupola surmounted the roof at one time. This was originally the home of Frank Rastetter.

2014 Preservation Award Recipients:

South Union Ave

3285 South Union, built 1850
Located south of the original town of Mount Union, the most outstanding feature of this large house is the full length porch with Doric columns across the front, probably an early 20th century "update" to the original farmhouse that was built by Amos and Esther Brosius. The property has been an apple orchard and a horse farm. A large bank barn, built in 1904 remains along with the summer kitchen, an outhouse and the chimney of a log cabin.

Christ United Methodist ChurchChrist United
Methodist Church -
470 East Broadway, built 1896

Known as "The Church on the Hill," the former First Methodist Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed of sandstone and brick in the soaring Victorian Gothic Style, it dominates the downtown skyline with its towers, multiple rooflines and revolving illuminated cross. The congregation continues to meet the challenge of maintaining and preserving this unique Alliance treasure.


2015 Preservation Award Recipients:

South Union Ave

227 West Main
Built c. 1870

This is an example of the Italianate Style of domestic architecture that was very popular in the mid 19th century in Alliance.  It was built by Jacob Lower, who sold livestock and owned many acres around the house. The present owner has been there since 1981 and has undertaken many jobs to maintain and restore the house including tuck pointing the mortar, restoring an original mantelpiece and rebuilding the front porch.


Christ United Methodist ChurchThe Firehouse Theater
Built 1905

This was the Central Fire Station for Alliance originally. It was one of three stations built by the City shortly after the professional paid fire and police departments were established. The Romanesque Revival style of architecture was chosen for its association with medieval castles and fortresses which lends a sense of security and protection. Roscoe T. Sharer, a member of the Board of Public Safety said at the dedication of the building in 1906 that it was “a monument to the progressive spirit of the City of Alliance.” In 1977 it became the home of the Carnation City Players and alterations were made to accommodate their unique needs. It is still owned by the City of Alliance.

2017 Preservation Award Recipients:

1001 Overlook Drive
Built in 1949

The Lustron House was an innovative solution to the post-WWII housing crisis. Many thought the porcelain enamel clad wonder would be the General Motors of the housing industry. Production began in 1948, but by 1950 production problems and a corruption scandal brought it to a halt. The factory was closed and the equipment sold or scrapped. All in all, only about 2,680 of these unique homes were built. Sadly, it is estimated that only 1,500 of these unique homes survive today. The house was purchased from the estate of the original owners, Charles & Dorothy Henschen who were prominent members of the Alliance community. They had added an apartment to the back of the home for their three children.


The Cat Fancier’s Association and Museum
Built c. 1950

The Cat Fanciers’ Association restored this former bank to be their headquarters and opened it in 2011. They have fully embraced the unique architectural elements of this Mid-Century Modern style 16,000 sq. ft. building.  The cherry paneled open main room with almost floor to ceiling windows is dominated by a glass, polished stainless steel, pink and emerald granite staircase. The exterior is clad in emerald granite with polished steel columns.

2019-20 Preservation Award Recipients:

205 South Arch Avenue
Built in 1907

This American Foursquare house has a steep hipped roof, punctuated by large dormer windows on the east, south and north sides with Ionic column trim. The front dormer has a tripartite window extenuated by a jutting window underneath on the second floor. The original wood cladding is covered with cream colored siding and white trim. A gabled, columned porch extends across the front façade. The first residents were Col. William W. King and his wife Catherine. Col. King was listed as the county recorder in 1904 but was retired by 1911. Catherine occupied the home as a widow until approximately 1928. 


The City Savings Bank /Newsom Tower
Built 1925

The Commercial Building winner is Downtown Alliance’s tallest building, Newsome Tower. It is now owned by the Alpha-Alliance Housing Corporation and serving as senior apartments began as the City Savings Building. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recently received a complete renovation at a cost of eight million dollars.