Plaques presented to newly selected historic homes
WARREN — Historic home plaques were presented to members of the the Kenmore Neighborhood Association, Meghan Reed, director of Trumbull County Historical Society, said.
Joe Greiner, president of the association, received the recognition for his 1941 home on Meadowbrook Avenue and Dawn Manley, secretary of the association, for her 1926 home on Kenmore Avenue, both in Warren.
Reed said in addition to a plaque, the award recipients also receive research information on their home.
The Trumbull County Historical Society began presenting plaques to historic homes throughout the city a year ago in partnership with Trumbull 100 and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. More than 25 homes have received plaques which can be placed outside the front of the home.
To qualify, the home must be 75 years or older and maintain its original structure. The home must also be located within Warren city limits.
“This was an initiative the Trumbull County Historical Society started more than 10 years ago to raise awareness of the historic buildings and structures in Warren for residents to see and also for those visiting the city,” Reed said.
She said an historic sites committee visits and evaluates the homes. The committee scores the homes based on original components of the structure and not a lot of altering.
Reed said a grant from Trumbull 100 and TNP allows for the $50 fee for the plaque and the $50 fee for the research compilation. The society contracted with Michelle Walker, who does the research, which includes the home’s architectural significance, list of owners and biographical sketches on past owners.
Greiner said his wife Rebecca’s family had a market in Warren in the 1940s and 1950s and knew the DeNicholas family, who lived in their home on Meadowbrook for more than 40 years.
“They would invite my family over to their home for different gatherings, such as summer picnics. It is ironic that we would eventually buy that same home,” he said.
Dawn Manley said the fountain in front of her home and the porch and pillars draw a lot of attention.
”When we moved in the home had the original hot water tank from 1926. I have never seen anything like it. It was a cylinder that sat on a stand and on the outside was a coil copper pipe with a small flame underneath. The home also has all the original bathroom fixtures and floors,” she said.
She said it was both exciting and an honor to be selected for the award.
Reed said Warren saw a lot of the earliest home construction from 1900 to 1940s.
“The Kenmore area was one where there was a lot of development,” Reed said.