Historic Preservation is often bottom up, grassroots and personal

With it’s ‘as least as possible’ approach preservation can be cost effective and sustainable as we bank the embodied energy in our built environment. 

Stepping up from where our past stepped off

Helps us to develop stable mixed income neighborhoods, create jobs, nurture entrepreneurial businesses, solidify place-making, bridge communities and foster upward mobility and innovation. 

Join us in building an interactive map of the places we love!

Enter HERE for RC in Neighborhoods, Districts and Landmarks

We are searching for history lovers to add their knowledge to an expanding interactive map hosted on the free app Clio.  Created by scholars for public benefit, Clio is designed to connect us to the history and culture surrounding us, providing concise summaries as well as time capsule entries, turn-by-turn directions, and links to relevant sources for more in-depth study. 


Tap HERE to enter Clio

The best  HISTORIC / RETRO / VINTAGE   Real Estate of Richland County 

Now all in one curated spot, the most daydream worthy old homes available in our market.  From freshly painted to diamonds in the rough, we skim the listings and showcase the places that could be yours!  Find your next project or move to your dream parcel in the country…or city.  RC has all the options and a little something for everyone. 

Explore Real Estate

If you have a cool old house…commercial building…barn…train depot…basically anything that COULD be a home or business location send us an email and it may be featured.  Did you buy one of these lovely places?  Hop on over to our Facebook page, join our free group Richland Restorations and post your old house living adventures, trials, learning experiences and progress.

The National Register…List…Fund…Protect

Authorized by the National Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register was created to join and support public and private efforts in the realm of preserving our built environment and archeological sites.   The National Park Service is responsible for reviewing nominations submitted by states, tribes and other federal agencies, and listing those determined to qualify.

In addition, the “NPS” also offers guidance towards listing and usage of possible benefits and incentives, although it is ideal to coordinate on local and state levels (with the “SHPO”, State Historic Preservation Office) first.  There are currently approximately 94,000 properties listed on the “NRHP” representing 1.8 million contributing resources.


National Park Service – National Register 

Ohio History.org

National Register Digital Search

Tap HERE to view the NR listings of Richland County

What Style is My House?

ENTER Architectural Style Guide

Your home has a story to tell.

  Often “styles” emerged as a reaction to popular culture, politics, the economy, available materials, world events and social movements.

Who knew brick and wood had so much to say!


While many homes fit neatly into one category or another, often hybrid blends occured as homeowners with freedom of choice and expression picked and chose their favorite elements and combined them.  Certain eras see this even more so than others, leading to large many structures being placed into enormous categories, such as Victorian or Colonial Revival.


Our guide provides a good starting point and will continue to be expanded on and altered as the styles niche down.  We have referenced ‘The Houses We Live In‘ by Jeffery Howe and ‘A Field Guide to American Houses‘ by Virginia and Lee McAlester in large part while building the Guide and recommend both for further reading.   ‘The Elements of Style‘ by Cromley & Calloway is great for terminology support.


Be in Activity

Events hosted by us, often in collaboration with other non-profits, as well as by local businesses, main street and neighborhood groups, historic societies and genealogy chapters.  This may include webinars, online classes and out-of and in-state conferences.

Calendar of Events


Future classes and workshops could include topics such as Wood Window Repair, Masonry, Historic Tax Credits, Research Techniques, Scagliola, Faux Finishes, Ornamental Plaster, Moldmaking, Heritage Gardening, Writing National Register Nominations, Historic Survey, Ceramics & Tilemaking, Architectural Terminology, Wallcoverings, and Stained Glass Repair and Design.

So….what are the Standards for Rehabilitation and why should I be using them?

Rehabilitation as defined by the National Park Service is “the process of returning a property to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions and features of the property which are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values.”

While only necessary and regulatory for projects receiving Historic Preservation Tax Incentives, (usually income producing properties) they also provide an excellent foundation for “best practice” seeking property owners and stewards and can prevent chain reaction effects caused by improper repair. 

The Standards are massive, 252 pages, though informative and well illustrated.  LUCKILY FOR US the City of Mansfield and their Preservation Commission not only created a (now out of print) book to simplify them, but has given us permission to make it available to you here on the website! 

A great, big thank you to all who contributed to this original publication, its conversion and to those who agreed to increase its accessibility by allowing the transition to digital format.



Kit House Hunting

The Thrill of the Hunt!


Richland County is likely full of kit houses…between our high level of growth in peak kit house building decades, our proximity to railroads and the fact there was a Sears homes sales office on Bartley Ave. in Mansfield…kit houses should abound.

There is even a model named The Mansfield.  Just look at those clipped gables, focal chimney, arched door and ribbon windows.  There’s got to be one somewhere.

To aid in identification we have created an entire Pinterest board chock full of catalog images, categorized by feature, alphabetically, to help you find these homes.




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 Richland Preservation Action

         Have fun & link away!