131 Wertz Ave NW
Canton, OH 44708

What's Current in Preservation at CPS . . .

    We are again disapointed that the COVID pandemic made it impossible to plan and enjoy our traditional Annual Meeting in May. The hopeful news is, however, that with increasing numbers of vaccinated Stark County residents, we can look forward to gathering in 2022. In the meantime, we greatly appreciate the support of our members and community friends.


Because the CPS 2020 Annual Meeting was canceled, the Preservation Awards are postponed until 2021. We look forward to meeting those property owners then and view the exceptional work they have done to preserve their homes and businesses.

    The CPS Education Committee, however, did proceed with selecting a 2020 scholarship winner. This year's $1,000 award goes to Andrew D. Hussar, a 2018 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and current enrollee at The Ohio State University. Andrew is working towards a degree in Public Policy, Leadership, and Management in hopes of a career in non-profit museum work.. His record of leadership and ambition are notable. He has an active interest in the preservation of historical artifacts and has created in his family home a museum-like display of his collection. We are happy to further encourage his success.

ANNUAL MEETING: May 16, 2019

    Over 100 members and guests enjoyed the 2019 Annual Meeting at the Metropolitan Centre Ballroom.
   After a lively social hour, President Wick Hartung led the membership meeting. Business included the election of trustees and officers for the coming year.
    The 2019 CPS Scholarship of $1,000 was presented to Janell Dima, a 2019 graduate of Canton McKinley High School. Janell will enroll this autumn at Bowling Green State University to major in architecture.
   Preservation Awards were presented in two categories, Residential and Commercial.

Commercial Award

Elena Building, built 1930

2433  4th St NW, Canton
owned/restored by David DiChiara
 and currently home of
Alexander's Art House, Alex Mintun–resident artist

Residential Award

Ezra Pepple Home, built 1841

730 Portage St NW, North Canton
owned/restored by Gary & Rita Wechter

   Following the business meeting and meal, local historian Richard Haldi presented an engaging program about the well-remembered Case Mansion, demolished in 1990. The structure was significant not only for its owner Frank Case, but also for its architect Guy Tilden.


Canton Preservation Society is currently accepting nominations for our Preservation Awards. Properties will be considered for each of three categories:

  • Residential

  • Commercial

  • Adapted Reuse

Completed nomination forms must be received by April 1 of the year to be considered.
Download the nomination form here: Preservation Award Nomination Form


The Canton Preservation Society's annual scholarship provides financial assistance to a Stark County student or graduate preparing for a career related to historic preservation.  Eligible applicants include students in technical, undergraduate or graduate study intending to enroll, or already enrolled, in a program in Historic Preservation or a related field which can include, but need be not limited to, Building Preservation, History, Architecture, American Studies, Urban Planning, or Museum Studies. Applicants whose plans are distinctly outside of these areas of study will not receive consideration.

The program of study must be at a U.S. university, college, or institution.  The student’s eligibility will be based partly on financial need and partly on the application materials, academic performance, community service and promise shown for future achievement, based on the judgment of a review panel.  The award is for a maximum of $1000.00 toward school tuition and paid directly to the school. 

Applications are available by calling the Canton Preservation Society at 330-456-6881, and must be postmarked no later than April 1 of the year to be considered.  The recipient will be honored at the CPS Annual Meeting in May of the award year.

Download the scholarship form here in fillable Word format:
Preservation Scholarship Application

Download the scholarship form here in pdf format for printing:
Preservation Scholarship Application


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Last update 02/04/2022