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Just Announced: The Market Block Building Receives An Ohio Heritage Award

We are pleased to announce that The Market Block Building at 147 West Market Street in Warren, Ohio has been honored with the Best Commercial Rehabilitation Award by Heritage Ohio. “This award is presented to one or more individuals, tenants or building owners who have completed the best storefront, interior and/or total building improvement project in the State of Ohio based on proper preservation techniques.” (Heritage Ohio)

The historic storefront located at Warren’s Courthouse Square was completely restored by The Chesler Group, Inc. in June 2012 as the new home for The Raymond John Wean Foundation. This renovation conjoined three separate dry goods buildings, originally built in 1868, directly in front of the Trumble County Courthouse. We incorporated a functional yet highly creative layout that allowed for natural light to penetrate the new office and meeting spaces, while meticulously restoring and preserving the historic details of the building.

The restoration included the creation of a 120-person multi-purpose assembly room, known as the Western Reserve Room, to serve the Mahoning Valley as a community meeting space.  The basement was converted to a functional garden level and is outfitted as incubator office space for new and/or upcoming non-profit programs.  The rehabilitation underscores our commitment to restoring historic buildings in the State of Ohio and its neighborhoods.

The award will be celebrated at Heritage Ohio’s Annual Awards Luncheon on May 23, 2013.