The Historic Preservation Committee of the MVHS Board of Directors announced the winners of the 2014 Historic Preservation Awards last week. These awards honor those in Mahoning and Trumbull counties who take an active role in preserving historic buildings, sites and districts. The categories and winners are as follows:
The Commercial Revitalization Award went to the Erie Terminal in Youngstown; Community Revitalization Awards went to C.S. Lewis Institute at Trinity United Methodist Church and Coffelt Hall, both in Youngstown; and a MVHS Director's Award of Achievement went to Mark C. Peyko, founder of Metro Monthly that covered many historic buildings and sites in Mahoning County.
Another MVHS Director's Award of Achievement went to Austin Log Cabin and the Austintown Historical Society. When demolition on a vacant home on South Raccoon Road in Austintown started it was discovered that under the artificial brick and wood siding was a log cabin. A deed search revealed that Calvin and Martha Austin (Calvin was a land agent for the Connecticut Land Company), sold the property to John Packard for $500. The deed does not indicate that any buildings were on the land; however, evidence shows that the cabin was built prior to 1824.
The cabin was named the Austin Log Cabin to honor Calvin Austin. From 1973 to 1976, volunteers raised $50,000 to preserve the log cabin and prepare it for public use. Work to the cabin included a gas furnace, electrical wiring, a bathroom and plumbing, and a new wood shake shingle roof. Window frames were installed with glass from a 100-year-old home and a brick fireplace was added with brick from a 100-year-old school house. The Austintown Historical Society maintains the cabin and provides educational tours to local schools and the general public.
Austin Cabin's property owner is Austintown Township, and the project designer was the Austintown Historical Society.
The winners will be honored at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society's 139th annual meeting to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 17 at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 W. Federal Street in downtown Youngstown.
For more information about the awards and the Historical Society, please call 330-743-2589 or visit www.mahoninghistory.org.