SPRINGVILLE—With its old, historic buildings and landmarks, the West End Historic District in Springville had been approved for the New York State Register of Historic Places and soon the National Register of Historic Places.
The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recently recommended adding 23 properties, resources and districts across New York to the state and national registries, including the West End Historic District and three others from Western New York.
"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. "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."
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.
Springville Mayor William Krebs said getting their historical districts recognized in the state and national historic registries has been in the works since the 1990s with help from the Concord Historical Society and he is happy to see the more of the village’s history recognized.
“It’s education that there is something worthwhile and something special about Springville and just the way it looks and the way that the buildings have been built … the gothic revival and the old Italianate buildings we see in our village and that is what makes us who we are,” Krebs said.
The West End Historic District joins the East Hill Historic District, which was added to the state and national registries in 2015 and the East Main-Mechanic Streets Historic District, which was added in 2002.
As an added benefit, residents living in the West End Historic District could qualify for state and federal tax credits. If residents decide to do approved repairs and rehabilitation on their property, the owner can receive up to 20 percent in tax credits.
“It says to everyone that there is historical heritage in Springville that is worthwhile preserving,” Krebs said. “It’s one thing a municipality can do to help maintain its competitiveness in regional growth … people like the village feel, people like the sidewalks, the old buildings, the storefronts and by acknowledging that we have this architectural heritage that is worthwhile preserving, we help do that and we help educate our residents about what a nice place Springville is.”