YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Three buildings, all in the downtown areas of Youngstown and Warren, received awards for taking an active role in preserving historic buildings, sites and districts.
The Mahoning Valley Historical Society gave its Historic Preservation Award to the Wells Building and Wick Tower in Youngstown, and the Technology Belt Energy Innovation Center in Warren.
The Wells Building on W. Federal Street in Youngstown was built between 1915 and 1917. It was vacant and deteriorated until Strollo Architects restored and saved it from being demolished. The restoration project included new first floor office space and four new apartments on the upper three floors.
Youngstown’s Wick Tower was constructed from 1906 to 1910. The 13-story building housed the Wick Brothers Trust Company. The property was transformed into 33 apartment units and four overnight stay units. The first floor is used as a commercial space.
The Technology Belt Energy Innovation Center in Warren, built in 1924, was once a store known as the Kresge Building. The new design combines new technology and the building’s historic character.
All three projects will receive Commercial Revitalization Awards.