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  • NPS Form 10-900 OMB No. 1024-0018

    United States Department of the Interior National Park Service

    E\VE02280 National Register of Historic Places Registration \Fa

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    1. Name of Property Historic name: Mentor Village Hall 1 JUl 2 5 2014 Other names/site number: !.!M~.e~n.'.!'to~t.__· C~it_y;J__.!_H_!..!a~l.!__l ____________ 1.!.._-b.,.._--~==~~ Name of related multiple property listing: ! ·JI\ff. ~=r. • sTEROfHISTORIC PLACES

    NIA L. ~r:~o~Lf.A~!~IcE ~~~-------------------------~~~~ (Enter "N/ A" if property is not part of a multiple property listing

    2. Location Street & number: 8383 Mentor Avenue City or town: Mentor State: Ohio County :~

    Not For Publication: I N/A I Vicinity: I N/A I 3. State/Federal Agency Certification

    As the designated authority under the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended,

    I hereby certify that this _x_ nomination _request for determination of eligibility meets the documentation standards for registering properties in the National Register of Historic Places and meets the procedural and professional requirements set forth in 36 CFR Part 60.

    In my opinion, the property _X_ meets _does not meet the National Register Criteria. I recommend that this property be considered significant at the following level(s) of significance:

    national _statewide ~local Applicable National Register Criteria:

    ..X.. A _B D

    DSHPO for Inventory and R(!gistration Juf 22 2oltj Signature of certifying officialffitle: Date

    State Historic Preservation Office, Ohio History Connection _________ _ _

    State or Federal agency/bureau or Tribal Government

    In my opinion, the property _meets_ does not meet the National Register criteria.

    Signature of commenting official:

    Title :

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    Date

    State or Federal agency/bureau or Tribal Government

  • United States Department of the Interior National Park Service I National Register of Historic Places Registration Form NPS Form 10-900 OMB No. 1024-0018

    Mentor Village Hall Name of Property

    4. tional Park Service Certification

    ·eby certify that this property is:

    entered in the National Register

    _determined eligible for the National Register

    _determined not eligible for the National Register

    _removed from the National Register

    _other (explain:) ________ _

    5. Classification

    Ownership of Property

    (Check as many boxes as apply.) Private: 0 Public - Local D Public- State D Public- Federal D

    Category of Property

    (Check only one box.)

    Building(s)

    District

    Site

    Structure

    Object

    0 D D D D

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    Lake County, Ohio County and State

    Date of Action

  • United States Department of the Interior National Park Service / National Register of Historic Places Registration Form NPS Form 10-900 OMB No. 1024-0018

    Mentor Village Hall Lake County, Ohio Name of Property County and State

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    Number of Resources within Property

    (Do not include previously listed resources in the count) Contributing Noncontributing _____1________ _______0______ buildings

    _____________ _____________ sites _____________ _____________ structures _____________ _____________ objects _____1________ ________0_____ Total

    Number of contributing resources previously listed in the National Register ___0______ ____________________________________________________________________________

    6. Function or Use Historic Functions

    (Enter categories from instructions.) _SOCIAL/meeting hall ______ ____ ____ _SOCIAL/civic___ _____ _____ ____ _EDUCATION/library_________ ____ ____ _RECREATION/theater_________ _____ ____ _GOVERNMENT/post office_______________ ___ _GOVERNMENT/government office_________ ___ _GOVERNMENT/correctional facility _ __ _GOVERNMENT/correctional facility

    Current Functions

    (Enter categories from instructions.) ___VACANT __

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    7. Description

    Architectural Classification

    (Enter categories from instructions.) ___Late Victorian: Queen Anne ____

    Materials: (enter categories from instructions.) Principal exterior materials of the property: ___BRICK; STONE, sandstone; ASPHALT___

  • United States Department of the Interior National Park Service / National Register of Historic Places Registration Form NPS Form 10-900 OMB No. 1024-0018

    Mentor Village Hall Lake County, Ohio Name of Property County and State

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    ______________________________________________________________________________ Summary Paragraph

    Mentor Village Hall, built in 1888, is a Victorian Queen Anne style building defined by a dominant front-facing gable with corner entry tower, patterned masonry details, steeply pitched roof structures, and uneven wall surfaces. Documented by a 1972 cultural resource survey by Old Mentor Foundation, Village Hall was described as Mentor’s most extravagant Victorian-era brick structure by architectural historian Dr. Michael Fazio. The painted red brick building consists of a central two story mass flanked by an east and west tower, with a symmetrical interior behind an asymmetrical façade. The exterior maintains much of the original features, but the interior has been significantly altered over the past 100 years to accommodate its continued service to Mentor. Mentor Village Hall is located in Mentor, a city of approximately 47,000 residents approximately twenty five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Positioned on the northwest corner of U.S. 20 (Mentor Avenue) and Ohio 615 (Center Street), the building is now surrounded by an active commercial and industrial district. Sitting on a single parcel (Lake County #16-B-035-L-00-009-0), Village Hall is the only structure on the property, surrounded by asphalt pavement to provide parking and access to the building. A small semicircular area of landscaping abuts the sidewalk on Mentor Avenue, flanked by two vehicular access points. Village Hall is within close proximity to other buildings of historical significance, together comprising what is referred to as Mentor’s Old Village: James A. Garfield National Historic Site (NR 66000613), Corning-White House (NR 72001027), Garfield Library (NR 79001872), immediately adjacent to Mentor Village School (NR 0500026), in addition to eight other Mentor properties listed on the National Register. Exterior modifications have remained relatively minimal as interior function continually evolved to meet the needs of a growing city. While structurally sound and in good condition, the building is currently vacant.

    ______________________________________________________________________________ Narrative Description

    Mentor Village Hall exhibits late 19th century Victorian style architecture through the use of multi-dimensional red brick masonry construction on a raised basement rusticated stone base, sandstone sills, and decorative brick corbelling along the roof line. The main façade faces south and consists of a central, gabled two story block flanked by an eastern tower with a steep, curving pyramidal roof (Photo 3) and a taller western tower with a low pyramidal roof (Photo 2); this western tower’s south side serves as the building’s main entry. A non-historic awning covers a contemporary double door at grade. Apart from providing an access point to the building, the tower appears to have greater aesthetic significance than functional (Photo 1). A small room in the tower is accessible on the second floor, with a crawl space on the third level. The tower’s original roof consisted of a steeply-pitched convex pyramidal structure that was later replaced with a more modest construction (Figure 1). It is unknown when or why the roof of the tower was altered. On the tower’s east and west sides are tall windows with segmental brick arches on the first floor, similar windows on the second floor – paired over the doorway, and square windows with stone lintels and sills on the third floor – also paired above the entry.

  • United States Department of the Interior National Park Service / National Register of Historic Places Registration Form NPS Form 10-900 OMB No. 1024-0018

    Mentor Village Hall Lake County, Ohio Name of Property County and State

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    Similar single windows are found in the eastern tower. In the center of the façade on the first floor are tall “triptych” windows (the central one wider than those flanking it) with a single, segmental brick arch above them (Photo 2). On the second floor is the structure’s most interesting feature: triptych windows surmounted by a stone lintel and a semi-circular stone arch with elaborate brick infill between them. This infill consists of (bottom to top) three courses of brick in running bond, three courses in semi-circular brick alternating with lozenge-shaped brick, one soldier course, one course running bond, nine courses semi-circular and lozenge, and finally more soldiers (Photo 2). The towers to each side have cornices of corbel brick brackets (eastern tower) and corbel brick in running bond and set on diagonals (western tower). The west and east elevations are very similar (Photos 4, 6), al