The mission of the Canton Preservation Society is to
promote historic preservation in Canton. CPS supports and advocates
preservation and restoration of historically significant buildings,
sites and objects.
CPS and the Hartung House
In the late 1800s, L.B. and Minnie Hartung attended the
World's Fair in Chicago and were introduced to a Neo-Classic style of
home. They brought the idea back to Canton and soon built their new
family home. After serving as the home of the Hartungs and their
children, in the 1950s it became the new home of the Philomatheon
Society. Once the house no longer met their needs it was scheduled for
Canton Preservation Society's mission is to encourage the
preservation and restoration of structures and neighborhoods. They
lived out this mission in 2001 by arranging to have the Hartung Home
moved from its original location on Tuscarawas Street West to its new
location at 131 Wertz Ave NW. Not only did the organization rescue the
house from the wrecking ball, they adopted it as their own.
Today there is new life at the Hartung House. Several rooms
upstairs have been refurbished and now serve as administrative offices
and a research library. The basement is new and includes a conference
room, work rooms, and storage areas. The first floor is being brought
back to its original grandeur. The parlor and living rooms will
entertain guests the same as they did in the very beginning. Eventually
the grounds will include additional parking, gardens and a pavilion to
host outdoor events.
What is gained by preserving the old rather than moving on
to something new? In contemplating the restoration of an old building
or saving a historic site, questions such as these may come to mind.
There are many different reasons for undertaking a project of historic
preservation, with benefits accruing to both individuals and the
community as a whole.
Preserving historic places and structures can be of great
value to the community. It is a way of creating an environment that the
public can enjoy and take pride in. Preservation makes the community
more attractive and adds character and individuality. This can attract
business and tourism from other areas, and provide a common ground or
interest which can be shared by everyone.
Historic preservation can also do much to improve the
quality of life in a community. The core areas of modern cities are
often left to decay while the population moves to outlying areas.
Restoring old buildings can reduce the problems of urban growth,
including the deterioration of inner cities and the accompanying crime.
The homes and businesses of the inner town are often some of
the most charming and unique structures in the city. Restoration can be
more economically practical than constructing new buildings. Owners of
historically significant structures may also be eligible for tax
incentives or grants.
Finally, historic preservation preserves our cultural and
historical past. Preserving and maintaining aspects of our past,
whether it is home, a barn, a church or a tree allows us to maintain a
sense of continuity and relationship with the past. It lets us view the
changes that have taken place against a backdrop of what has gone
before. This helps us to appreciate where we are in time, to understand
how we got here, and perhaps to decide where we should be going.
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Last update 05/16/2014