Alliance Preservation Awards
The Alliance Area Preservation Society's Preservation Award honors noteworthy preservation projects in the greater Alliance area. These awards are an opportunity for the Society to recognize the efforts of property owners and the often heroic work they perform in preserving the historic and architectural resources in our area. The awards also encourage historic preservation and acknowledge that good preservation can be found in the restoration of the most modest residence to the grandest mansion.
2010 Preservation Award Recipients:
740 South Union, built 1905
Constructed of unique orange glazed French brick, this Queen Anne style beauty was associated with the Clarence O. Scranton Company, a plumbing, heating and building supply company. It features subtle texture contrasts between the brick, stone trim, wood shingled gables and ironwork.
355 East Columbia, built 1907
This was originally the home of Irish Catholic immigrant, John C. Devine and his wife, Mary. Devine was a well-established contractor and engineer in the Ohio /PA area who was responsible for erecting many fine buildings and paving the streets of Alliance. He was also postmaster from 1892-1896. His home was built in the imposing Richardsonian Romanesque style with the characteristic rounded (Romanesque) arches featured in the six bay porch of rock faced ashlar sandstone. The steep clay tile roof has three large dormers with ornamental stonework and leaded glass windows.
239 East Market, built c. 1872
Originally the James and Emma Craven home it became the home of the YWCA in 1926. Craven, a Civil War veteran, was a businessman who operated a building supply warehouse adjacent to his home. The red brick Italian villa style house has prominent arched windows with hooded moldings, an intricate cornice and a tower entrance. A meeting room, known as Haggart Hall, was added in 1939.
346 East Main, built 1925
Originally built as the S.S. Kresge Department Store and later the Jupiter Discount Store, it is now the home of the Alliance for Music and Arts, a venue for live music and a gallery for local visual art displays. Constructed of variegated light colored brick with limestone trim in the popular Neoclassical commercial style of the 1920’s. Notice the classical details (Greek urns and vases between groups of pilasters) on the second floor.
2011 Preservation Award Recipients:
59 West Ely
This Italianate style brick home has been lovingly restored by the current owners who inherited the house. It is unique for having many of its original segmental arched windows, original double front door and screen door and many interior features intact. Notice also the lovely Eastlake style wraparound porch.
Alliance Post Office
36 South Arch Street, built 1916
Perhaps the most architecturally significant public building in the City of Alliance, this imposing sandstone edifice is in the prevailing Neoclassical style of government buildings in the early 20th century. Designed to recall ancient Greek and Roman temples, the implication was one of stability and power.