Historic Preservation

Lacking adequate maintenance for decades, the Abbey had deteriorated considerably by 2008 and much needed to be done. Tackling the challenge, a small group of determined volunteers worked to raise funds to renovate/replace two of the building’s four roofs, restore eight stained glass windows, stabilize the foundation, repair the exterior granite steps, painstakingly clean the marble floors, and renovate a set of bronze doors. All new wiring has been installed, and the bathroom updated, expanded and made ADA-compliant. The architectural firm Schooley Caldwell Associates has overseen the work which was funded in part by the Certified Local Government program administered by the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. Much remains to be done but the transformation is truly remarkable.

Scroll the photos below to see the remarkable transformation of the Abbey

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