SPRINGVILLE—Springville added another group of properties to the National Register of Historic Places, earning the distinction for the West End Historic District in March. The West End Historic District marks the third of its kind in the village to be named to the National Register. It joins the East Hill HIstoric District, which was added in 2015 and the East Main-Mechanic Streets Historic District, which earned the distinction in 2002.
“A major step in keeping our village a vital place to live is to become aware of our historic architecture and preserve our architectural heritage,” Springville Mayor William Krebs said in a press release. “Listing districts and individual properties on the State and National Registry creates an inventory of historic and architecturally significant properties.”
The West End Historic District includes 90-171 W. Main St., 24-110 N. Central Ave., 17 Park St. and 186-244 Franklin St. The district is primarily a residential district with a variety of building and architecture from the mid 1800s through the 1900s. Historic religious buildings including Salem Lutheran Church, St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church Complex and the former St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – currently the New Life Fellowship Church – and Eaton Park are also in the historic district.
The distinction of being named to the National and State Register of Historic Places is honorary. Residents of properties in the district can apply for tax credits to home improvements if they renovate their homes in period-style ways. If residents do decide to undergo approved repairs on their property, they can receive up to 20 percent in tax credits. Property owners are not required to adhere to the standards, though the Springville’s Historic Preservation Commission has aesthetic approvals on certain building improvements in the Local Historic District, which overlaps part of the districts on the National Registry.
Historic Preservation Commission Chairman and Concord Historian Dave Batterson said allowing residents to apply for tax credits gives them an incentive to preserve the history of the building. He noted preserving the history of the village, including its buildings, is important.
“It’s a pride situation. For the size of [Springville] the percentage of historic areas becomes above other places,” he said. “It’s a big plus for the Village of Springville.”
Batterson said there are people who search for Historic Districts and will travel to see the period architecture, which can improve the Springville economy.
The West End Historic District was named to the New York State Historic District in January.
"These nominations will help communities across this great state preserve the historic landmarks and sites that shaped New York's rich heritage," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press release at the time. "By recognizing the very fabric of our cities and towns, New York is shining light on important sites and resources in every region, while supporting community development and encouraging residents and visitors alike to experience the diverse history and culture found in every corner of the state."
Next on the list is the Fiddlers Green Historic District, which will complete all the historic districts in the village. Comprised of Franklin Street from North Buffalo Street to the Public Safety Building, the district is being considered for both the State and National Registers. Fiddlers Green Park and surrounding Chapel Street, as well as Goddard Memorial Hall, are also part of the district.
“The historic district that remains today exhibits the configuration of buildings around the park that was first established decades before any of the current extant buildings were constructed, as well as the evolution of the community through the buildings and institutions that remain today,” part of the application reads. “Its story spans the evolution of a thickly forested wilderness settled by pioneers who mapped a village and developed an early local agricultural economy. [It] encompasses the years in which most significant architectural development occured, beginning circa 1818.”
Batterson anticipates hearing from the State Register of Historic Places in June.