Hey, I Saw Your House In A Catalog: Sears Houses In Delaware

21 Mar , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Realizing that many Delaware Countians are now working from home or forced to remain there due to self-quarantining or reduced travel, we are sharing stories from our archives, and adding some new ones, over the next few weeks in what we hope will be occasional diversions from coronavirus worries. This post was published by 1808Delaware last July.

If you live in Delaware, there’s a good chance that you might live near a residence that was bought out of a book.

A Sears catalog, to be exact.

According to Wikipedia, Sears Catalog Homes (sold under the Sears Modern Homes name) were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company, an American retailer. More…



Proposed Storefront Changes To Downtown Building To Be Reviewed

20 Jan , 2020  

At its meeting later this week, the City of Delaware Historic Preservation Commission will be reviewing proposed storefront alterations to a 140 to 150 year old commercial building at 67 North Sandusky Street.

Through an informal review, the Commission can comment on proposals before they actually come for an official vote. In most cases, such as this one, the information provided by the applicant includes a recommendation from the City’s planning staff. In this case, the recommendation is for eventual project approval. More…

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Delaware Project Awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit

20 Dec , 2019  

On Thursday, the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $24,565,849 in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the rehabilitation of 24 historic buildings. Together, the projects are expected to leverage approximately $261 million in private investments in seven communities, including Delaware.

“Preserving the historic charm of Ohio communities enhances the quality of life in our downtowns and neighborhoods,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “These buildings will be transformed creating new opportunities for economic growth.” More…

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City Of Delaware Reportedly Planning To Demolish Endangered Historic Site

20 Oct , 2019  

The City of Delaware may be planning to demolish the historic Caretaker’s House at Oak Grove Cemetery soon, 1808Delaware has learned.

Earlier this year, the structure was named to the 2019 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites by Preservation Ohio, the state’s oldest statewide historic preservation organization. In a press release, the organization stated, “The original plans for Delaware’s historic city cemetery called for this house to be built, the oldest portion of which dates to the 1850s. More…

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Courthouse Views

6 Oct , 2019  

On the way to the unveiling of the President Rutherford B. Hayes statue, we took a stop to see progress on the Historic Delaware County Courthouse. It was a beautiful, clear, crisp evening and, of course, restoration work had halted for the weekend.

We’re pleased to share a few of those photos with you today. More…

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Delaware County, History/Tourism

Commissioners Provide Update On Courthouse Renovation Project

28 Aug , 2019  

In June 2019, Delaware County launched a construction project to preserve and renovate the Historic Courthouse.

Begun in 1868 and completed in 1869, this iconic structure at the northwest corner of North Sandusky Street and Central Avenue originally housed most of Delaware County’s elected officials and their staffs. The building was vacated in November 2017 when the offices working there (including the Court of Common Pleas and the Clerk of Courts) moved to the new Delaware County Courthouse complex at 117 N. Union St.. More…

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Planning Commission To Consider Plans For Historic Church Building

29 Apr , 2019  

When the City of Delaware Planning Commission meets this Wednesday, they will be considering three measures related to the proposed creation of a new wedding venue for a historic Delaware church complex. More…



Nominations Open For Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites

11 Apr , 2019  

Preservation Ohio, the state’s original statewide historic preservation organization, is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites.

The annual List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites has been issued on either a biannual or annual basis since 1993. The list highlights historically significant Ohio properties that face a risky future due to demolition, disinvestment or indifference. More…

Delaware County

City Commission To Consider Improvement Project For Historic Courthouse

24 Feb , 2019  

The former Delaware County Courthouse, a landmark at the corner of North Sandusky Street and West Central Avenue since 1868, will be the focus of an application by the Delaware County Commissioners at a February 27 meeting of the Delaware Historic Preservation Commission.

The application for a Certificate of Appropriateness asks for review and authorization to perform the following work on the historic building: More…

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Delaware Historic Preservation Commission Approves 30 North Sandusky Project

24 Jan , 2019  

After a moderate amount of discussion, a staff presentation, and a question and answer session with the applicant, the City of Delaware Historic Preservation Commission approved on Wednesday the proposal of Manos Properties LLC – Sandusky Street Lofts for exterior improvements to the building at 30 North Sandusky Street.

As shared by staff, the building dates from 1869 and was built by Reynolds & Frank. In 1870, the third floor became the Masonic Lodge and was used as such for the next 65 years. In 1930, the storefronts housed a hardward store and billiards parlor. More…

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