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Historic Carlisle Tower Undergoing Restoration

Glorious changes to an iconic symbol of Chillicothe, Ohio. The historic tower of the Carlisle Building has been wrapped in scaffolding and all its structural elements, completely destroyed by fire over a decade ago, have been meticulously replaced. New lumber and sheeting materials will exactly replicate the historic tower roofline, and new flashing and shingles will be added to ensure the tower will last another 100 years.



Drone Cam Fly-By of Carlisle Project

A cutting-edge, high-tech drone cam was used to capture aerial views of the Carlisle construction project.  This video gives a cool and unique perspective of the iconic Carlisle Building in Chillicothe, Ohio as it undergoes a complete $10 million renovation.

Significant visual changes since rehabilitation work started in June are showcased in great detail.  The Carlisle shell and core has been completely stabilized and the non-historic storefronts and rear additions have been surgically demolished.  Interior framing and masonry restoration are underway. In the upcoming months the mansard roof and decorative dormer will be restored and the 75 foot tower will be stabilized and tuck-pointed. 

Stay tuned – more to come in our Fall newsletter!!



Congressman Joyce Visits ASM

The Chesler Group hosted a tour of the ASM Complex for US Representative David Joyce this past Friday, September 5, 2014.  The Congressman was joined by Mariangela Pfister, (Dept. Head & Deputy SHPO for Technical Preservation Services, State Historic Preservation Office); Amanda Terrell (Director of Ohio’s State Historic Preservation Office at the Ohio History) and Joyce Barrett (Executive Director at Heritage Ohio).  The visit highlighted the importance of both the Federal and State Historic tax credit program for historic rehabilitation projects.  Michael Chesler emphasized that without the ability to syndicate historic tax credits, the renovation of the ASM Headquarters would not have been financially feasible.  ASM had planned to sell the unique Mid-Century masterpiece and move its offices to Chicago – a loss of over 150 jobs for the Ohio region.  Therefore, the continued support by Congress of the Federal Historic Tax Credits is critical to preserving America’s history. Recent IRS provisions and rulings have paralyzed the tax credit industry and greatly limited the financial resources needed to complete historic projects.

Michael Chesler, Congressman Joyce and Joyce Barrett (Heritage Ohio).

Congressman Joyce and Michael Chesler enjoy the view into the Mineral Gardens.



Carlisle Restoration Kickoff Event

Earlier this week, the much anticipated construction kickoff event was held for the renovation of the Carlisle Building in Chillicothe, Ohio.  The Chesler Group is restoring the building for the Adena Health System and will house offices on the first floor with residences on the upper floors to support their new medical education program.  The event, hosted by the president and CEO of the Adena Health System, Mark Shuter, brought business and community members together to celebrate the already drastic transformations that are taking place on the corner of Main Street and Paint Street in the city’s downtown.  The afternoon began with Adena Health System board members touring the construction site and finished at the Cross Keys/17 Restaurant, where the many people who helped bring the project to fruition were recognized.   JobsOhio, the Ohio Development Services Agency, The City of Chillicothe, Cortland Banks, The Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation, and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth have all lent invaluable support to the project.  Shuter described the project as being the “biggest show of community involvement” in his career.

The Chesler Group begins construction on the Carlisle Building

Residents and visitors in Chillicothe, Ohio, may have noticed changes downtown over the past week. The Chesler Group. Inc, has begun erecting scaffolding along the historic Carlisle Building, the start of a $8 million preservation and rehabilitation project. This prominent Chillicothe landmark was condemned after a 2003 fire. The Chesler Group will restore the building to preserve Chillicothe’s history, provide new residential and office space, and support the rejuvenation of downtown Chillicothe.

The Carlisle was built in 1885, a Romanesque Victorian with four stories of office and retail space and a distinctive round tower overlooking the corner of Main and Paint Streets. The Chesler Group will renovate the Carlisle into space for the Adena Health System, the major provider of health care in south-central Ohio. The first floor will house Adena offices, and the upper three floors will be converted into 32 residential units for graduate residents and medical students. These new residents will support the many local retail businesses just steps away from the Carlisle along Paint Street and Main Street.

The Carlisle Building is an important component of the historic Chillicothe Business District, and The Chesler Group will use Federal and State historic preservation tax credits as well as a JobsOhio grant and subsidised loan to finance the project. These incentives place exacting standards on the quality of the renovation, and guarantee that The Chesler Group will preserve and restore all of the historic interior and exterior features which make the Carlisle such a distinctive building.

The Carlisle Building is expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2015.