Lawrence Park Historical Society

Lawrence Park Historic District National Register Nomination

Lawrence Park, PA:  The Lawrence Park Historical Society has contracted with the historic preservation consulting firm Naylor Wellman, LLC for the creation of a national Register Historic District for Lawrence Park.  The Historical Society did this with funding provided by the National Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.  The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of properties recognized by the federal government as worth of preservation for local, state, or national significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture.

The Historic District will further the sense of place and give identity to the neighborhood while providing the opportunity for historic tax credit projects for income producing buildings located within the District.

Naylor Wellman will be photo graphing and documenting the exterior of houses, buildings and institutions located within the proposed Historic District; between Water Street and Smithson Avenue to the east and west, and E. Lake Road and Bell Street to the north and south.  The District is representative of a corporate residential community project providing housing for employees of General Electric Company Erie Works.  It represents two periods of development; the Townsite Plan and the Garden City plan designed by National Planner, John Nolen.  The proposed boundary encompasses historic architectural resources spanning from 1911 to 1968 under the National Register 50-year guideline.

Naylor Wellman, LLC is a women-owned business locate in Northeast Ohio.  The firm was established in 2013 and specializes in historic building preservation and adaptive-use, architectural history & historic preservation planning with experience spanning 40+ years with projects in OH, CT, IL, IN, MI, NY, PA, and WI.  Principals, Wendy and Diana, are registered Preservation Consultants  qualified under the Federal Historic Preservation Professional requirements, U.S. Secretary of the interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation (48 FR 44716).

Lawrence Park Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization which was formed in 1976 to collect and archive historical documents and ephemera pertaining to Lawrence Park Township and make them available to the public.  Today, it is located in the Lawrence Park Township Building and maintains a collection of local artifacts, house histories, photographs, blueprints, memoirs, school yearbooks, banners and scrapbooks from Lawrence Park.  The collections are accessible every Thursday 2:00-4:00P.M. and Saturday 12;00-2;00p.m., or by appointment