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2008 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award Recipients

Preservation Merit Award to Paul J. Ricciuti, FAIA, for his over 40 years of service as an advocate for, and practitioner of, preservation and adaptive use of historic buildings.

Paul Ricciuti has practiced architecture in Ohio since 1962. For 20 years, he was principal owner of the Youngstown and Columbus firm of Ricciuti Balog & Partners, stepping down at the end of 2005, but continuing as a consultant to the successor, Balog Steines Hendricks & Manchester. For over 40 years he has been a proponent for, and practitioner of, preserving and reusing historic buildings. His career direction began as a student. During the summer of 1957, under direction of Youngstown architect Walter Damon, he worked on a design for joining two historic churches in Cornersburg. He also studied under Bob Gaede, one of Ohio’s leading preservation architects. In the 1960s, Ricciuti worked on a number of small historic preservation projects including Seminary High School in Poland, Ohio. In 1972, he was commissioned to convert a vintage bank building on Main Street in Poland into four apartments. In the early 1980s Riccitui designed the adaptive use of the Delaware Lackawanna Rail Station and Offices in Scranton, PA, as a hotel and conference center, a project that received national attention when an Associated Press story ran in the Los Angeles Times. He was appointed a member of the American Institute of Architects Committee on Historic Resources. Now a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he has been a leading spokesperson for preserving and reusing Ohio’s historic schools, at conferences of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, Ohio School Facilities Commission, and Ohio Historic Preservation Office. He has designed school rehabilitations in Columbus, Kent, Wooster, Alliance, Steubenville, and other communities. His other preservation projects have included the Stiles Block, Park Hotel, and Mahoning Building in Warren; the McKinley Memorial in Niles; and the McCrory Building, exterior of the Mahoning County Courthouse, Strouss Department Store, Higbee’s Furniture Store, Arms Museum Carriage House, Butler Institute of American Art, Tod Homestead Cemetery Gatehouse, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Burt Building, and Stambaugh Auditorium, all in Youngstown.

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