Public meetings scheduled to present results of Historic Resource Inventory for Erie, Corry

Since December, Preservation Erie and the consulting firm Wise Preservation Planning have been working on a county-wide inventory of historic resources. Inventories for the cities of Erie and Corry are nearly complete. The public is invited to attend a presentation of the inventory results in Corry and a Q&A session with consultant Bob Wise Tuesday, June 24 at 7 pm at the Corry Higher Education Council, 221 N Center Street, Corry. Those wanting to learn more about the inventory results for the City of Erie are invited to attend a presentation Wednesday, June 25 at the Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street, Erie at 7 pm.

Preservation Erie is excited to be working with Wise Preservation Planning, an experienced historic preservation planning firm based in Chester Springs, PA. The firm’s principals, Robert Wise and Seth Hinshaw, have more than 30 years of experience with municipal historic preservation planning and have produced an impressive portfolio of 26 National Register nominations for individual properties, districts and landmarks, 12 municipal-wide surveys of all historic resources 50 years old and older, and approximately 10,000 documented historic resources.

The remainder of Erie County is scheduled to be inventoried throughout the summer.

The results of the 2014 historic resource inventory will be added to the State’s Cultural Resources Geographic Information System, a map-based inventory of the historic and archaeological sites and surveys stored by the Bureau for Historic Preservation. Web access to all of the historic resource data will be open to the public. Electronic copies of the final inventory will be made available to all municipalities in Erie County, the Erie County Public Library and other interested groups.

The project is generously supported by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, Erie Community Foundation, the Perry 200 Commission, and individuals. Once complete, the inventory will provide baseline information which will enable communities, property owners, organizations, and agencies to better appreciate the cultural and economic value of historic buildings and sites in their communities and assist civic leaders in planning for their protection and integration into economic revitalization strategies.

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