We must preserve history of Warren


I drove by the historical North Park home of Julia Harsh, wife of a descendant of a Warren founding family and Revolutionary War veteran, buried in the Pioneer Cemetery. The protective fencing is down. I attempted unsuccessfully to reach the owner.

This beautiful home can be adapted for multiple family use. Instead of saving, protecting and restoring this structure, the owner appears to be saving the brick power house behind the Packard Flat building to adapt into living space. I know which one is the most historically valuable structure that should be restored.

For the past year or so, I have been very involved in saving and relocating the oldest documented home in Howland Township, the Yellow House. I have met and spoken to many dedicated and knowledgeable people working to help the Howland Historical Society accomplish this project.

I have no doubt that the Harsh house could be restored / rebuilt. The block of North Park between Scott and Porter streets in Warren is the site of the homes of Warren’s successful business citizens during the mid to late 1800s. Millionaire’s Row / Mahoning Avenue is where the original settlers of Warren built their mansions. North Park became the site of the next successful generation that built their homes, and then East Market Street. Homes on Mahoning Avenue were denied demo permits because they were part of the history of Warren; yet the home of one of the founder’s family members is not considered important.

Warren elected officials and the people hired to run the city allow this to happen. Anyone wonder why Warren never advances? Warren has such potential. Look at other cities in Ohio, such as Medina. Check out the Ohio Magazine’s 10 best cities every year. Warren is losing its charm and history with every passing day. And it can never be regained. Warren used to be the “Capital of the Western Reserve.” No longer.




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