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2023 Historic Preservation Awards


Penguin City Brewing Company

“Penguin City’s ownership team sought to ensure the building’s character was not only preserved but exemplified in new elements as well.”

“One could tell this was a place where old mill employees could spend their time after work—and Penguin City sought to enrich the space and replicate architectural similarities.”



Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation-3711 Glenwood Avenue

 “YNDC recognizes the importance of rehabilitating vacant historic structures…while maintaining the original character of the surrounding neighborhood.”

 Preserving this structure, one of the few remaining multi-family structures on the Glenwood Avenue Corridor, with ‘NEWPORT’ uniquely etched in stone on its facade, was vital to maintaining the composition of both the Corridor and Newport Neighborhood.



Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium Association-Monumental Staircase

The goal of this project was to raze, replace and restore various exterior pieces, all while using historically guided materials and preserving the building to the Historical Preservation Office of Ohio’s standards.

“The 5th Avenue staircase is not only the main entrance of Stambaugh Auditorium, but it also has been recognized by Youngstown & surrounding community, as a cultural and historic landmark. Replacement was crucial because it not only contributes to the architectural detail of the building but also the financial success of our organization.”


Mill Creek MetroParks-Ford Nature Center

“The redevelopment project re-established the Ford Nature Center as an anchor and cornerstone feature within the park system and throughout the community—allowing it to become the perfect hub to orient, explore, inform, and begin one’s journey in the park.” 

“Some forty-five years after its opening, Ford Nature Center progressed towards a critical crossroad. While it continued to attract students—both its exhibits and physical structure had become worn and outdated…the need to renovate, update and enhance the center was obvious.”

“This redevelopment project balanced the historic and architectural character of aa former private residence with the modernized function, aesthetics, and appeal of a public nature education center. The project reinvigorated the memories and philanthropy of a community proud of its past.”


Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County-Reuben McMillan Free Library Association

Originally designed in the Classical Revival Style, the library is a monumental building and one of the remaining anchors of Wick Avenue. As the renovation & expansion design took shape, the leadership of the library committed themselves to maintain the integrity of the original historic design.

With the use of archival drawings and photographic records, the renovation focused on the Wick Avenue entrance, the grand skylit interior court, an adaptable community meeting room and literacy center, as well as the interior staircase and exterior bronze doors.


Board of Directors Award of Achievement

Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

The return of the bronze doors inscribed above the “For the People” is a significant renovation that reminds the public for whom the library was originally created.