Hudson's Preservation History
Hudson has a long legacy of historic preservation. Beginning with James Ellsworth in the early 20th century, the town's historic aesthetic and legacy has been fought for, and many battles have been won. Today many homes are individually listed on the National Register, and Hudson can boast three National Register Historic Districts with additional expansions contemplated. Acquisition of the Baldwin-Buss-Merino House property and its subsequent restoration will serve as a very public reminder of Hudson's rich past.
The Restoration Process
The restoration of the Baldwin-Buss House will adhere to the United States Department of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. As an initial first step, the restoration will focus on the completion of a Historic Structures Report (HSR) that will document the chronological changes to the house, identify and inventory all historic elements remaining, and provide an assessment of the building's current condition. In addition to evaluating structural issues, the HVAC, electrical and mechanical systems will be assessed. The completed HSR will develop a preliminary treatment plan for future rehabilitation. This phase of evaluation will also document historic paint colors, building materials, and construction methods.
Upon completion of the Historic Structures Report, the BBHF will enter the design and construction document phase that will clearly define the needs of the building and prioritize remediation. These documents will be used to solicit bids from contractors for the restoration.
Safeguard the architectural integrity of the historic home.
Contribute to the economic, recreational, cultural and educational vitality of the community by improving a blighted area of Hudson’s Village Green, create a restorative common on the vacant land, and foster an appreciation for the history and architecture of Hudson and the Western Reserve.
Create a model rehabilitation project adhering to the United States Department of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
Document the chronological changes to the house and create a historic record of its existing condition and architectural evolution.
Maintain and enhance the distinctive character of the historic building and surrounding site.
Attain the highest green energy certification level feasible.
Clearly define the adaptive reuse of the historic house and land and implement rehabilitation plans.
Preservation efforts will remove unsympathetic additions and restore the Baldwin-Buss House to its original footprint. Goals to conserve, protect, and maintain the Baldwin- Buss House will safeguard it for future generations. The house will remain on its existing site. The aesthetics of the historic Village Green will be enhanced and returned to vitality by restoring the home to its former grandeur.
When restored, the house and surround will be available to the community for events, educational initiatives, and to promote awareness and passion for the history, culture and architectural heritage of Hudson and the Western Reserve
This rendering of the Baldwin-Buss House facade and its defining architectural details is from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of 1934. Drawings are archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.
Image from Summit County Atlas 1874.