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
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 demolition.
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
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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