The Historic District, and everything you need to know about it.
The OWE Historic District is one of the City’s Historic Overlay Districts as defined in Chapter 1103.0300 of the Toledo Municipal Code. The Municipal Code contains the restrictions on environmental changes to buildings in historic districts, the guidelines to be used by the Historic District Commission and the procedures to be used by homeowners seeking to make changes (Ch. 1111.1100). The Toledo Municipal Code may be accessed on the City’s website here.
If you are seeking to make any environmental change to a property within the OWE Historic District, the process begins by submitting an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for review by the OWE Historic District Commission.
THE OLD WEST END HISTORIC DISTRICT IS JUST OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN (AND UPTOWN) TOLEDO. THE DISTRICT INCLUDES THE TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART (AT MONROE STREET) UP TO COLLINS AND CENTRAL, AND ROUGHLY FROM GLENWOOD AVENUE TO COLLINGWOOD BOULEVARD.
Certificate of Appropriateness
A Certificate of Appropriateness must be obtained prior to any environmental change to a property within a designated historic district, including the Old West End. (Ch. 1111.1100; Ch. 1103.0306)
An “environmental change” is defined as: any exterior alteration, demolition, removal or new construction of any property, requiring or not requiring a building permit subject to the historic overlay provisions of the Zoning Code. (Ch. 1103.0302)
“Alter” or “alteration” is defined as: any change requiring a building permit involving the exterior architectural features, including significant landscaping, or any property which lies within a historic district, not including demolition, removal or new construction. (Ch. 1103.0302)
The application for a Certificate of Appropriateness is reviewed by the OWE Historic District Commission using the guidelines as set forth in the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. (Sec. 1103.0306(A); adopted pursuant to Sec. 1112.0109). The standards can be accessed here. Compliance with these standards is required for all historic landmarks and districts.
The Historic District Commission has the authority to approve or deny an application and decisions are based on the Commission’s interpretation of the Standards for Rehabilitation, the testimony of the applicant and other interested parties, and most importantly, the effect of the Commission’s decision upon the applicant. (Sec. 1103.0306)
Toledo-Lucas County Planning Commission
The OWE Historic District Commission coordinator at the Toledo-Lucas County Planning Commission is Gyasi Pullum. Gyasi can assist with questions about the application process and let you know the specific information or documentation you will need to prepare your Certificate of Appropriateness for review by the Commission.
You can reach Gyasi (pronounced JC) at 419-245-1200 or by e-mail at Gyasi.Pullum@toledo.oh.gov.
Historic District Commission Meetings
Meetings of the OWE Historic District Commission take place every month on the second Monday of the month. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and take place at the Collingwood Presbyterian Church (2108 Collingwood Boulevard) in the Fellowship Hall. Meetings are open to the public and residents of the Old West End are encouraged to attend to learn more about the process.
Current Historic District Commission Members
Irene Martin – Landmarks – Term 5/30/17
Paula Radley – Neighborhood – Term 11/30/17
Angel Chaplain – Neighborhood – Term 7/30/17
Oliva Holdeen – Plan Commissions – Term 11/30/17
Michelle Kirkbride – AIA – Term 1/30/17
Rachel McCarthy – Arts Commission & Neighborhood – Term 1/30/17
Chad Coyle – Neighborhood – Term 4/30/18
Fanny Effler – Neighborhood – Term 1/30/18
Ed Hill – Landmarks – Term 5/30/18
Other Historic District Resources
In addition to the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation, another good resource is the website for the Heritage Home program in Cuyagoa County. The program website has helpful information for historic homeowners.