OHIO promotes long history of preserving historic buildings with new website

Posted: June 24, 2022

Author: Staff Reports

The iconic buildings of Ohio’s oldest university are an essential part of every Bobcat’s experience. For this reason, Ohio University has been dedicated over the decades, and particularly in the 2000s, to preserving the buildings and spaces where students learn, live, and play, especially in neighborhoods such as College Green, The Ridges and South Court Street.

The University has launched a new website that shares improvements and investments in the historic character. Our goal is to preserve buildings suitable for academic or administrative use and enhance them for the modern era.

This work happens on every green, from the massive renovations of the buildings of the former asylum in Athens to The crests to the repurposing of iconic spaces such as the former Baker University Center – now Schoonover Center – and the upgrading of century-old buildings like Ellis Hall to suit modern educational purposes.

“The sense of community we have here is so important to us and to our students and alumni. We want to do everything we can to protect that,” Associate Vice President for University Planning Shawna Wolfe said. “Our campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, with iconic landmarks and special places everywhere you look or engage. Preserving this character and the integrity of our setting while aligning with current and future needs is one of our top priorities.

The new website documents just a few of the improvements to each of the greens, including the new Union Green, home to the new Heritage Hall and the future home of the Russ Research Opportunity Center, currently under renovation.

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