Honorable Discharge

Ohio Veterans Home removing stone cottages.
Andy Ouriel
Oct 24, 2013


State officials have ordered construction crews to raze Ohio Veterans Home facilities that once housed military heroes.


   Demolition began this week on six condemned cottages at the veterans home in Perkins Township. All six structures should be down by April 1.


   State taxpayers are fronting about $31,000 to demolish the first cottage, but the exact cost of the entire project is still unknown.


   State officials assured residents of this much: It’ll be much cheaper to demolish the facilities than to rehabilitate them.


   “The current estimate to bring the cottages up to the standard where residents can live in them exceeds $1 million per cottage,” veterans home spokesman Mike McKinney said.


   Hundreds of veterans lived in the cottages from the late 1800s to 1992.


   Since then, the cottages have become uninhabitable, forcing administrators to lock the doors and bar anyone from entering.   “Much internal and some external decay has taken place since then, rendering them in unusable condition,” McKinney said.


   “We have attempted to repurpose them by partnering with other private and public organizations, but the cost of renovation is prohibitive.”


   Veterans home administrators plan to transform the cleared area into green space for veterans home residents and guests.


   “These cottages were going to eventually come down if we didn’t do something with them,” said Naomi Twine, the home’s executive assistant to the superintendent.


   Twine made the response after touring one of the structures on a recent weekday.


   “It’s a safety factor,” Twine said.


   The Mack Memorial Building, where the Ohio Veterans Home Military Museum is located, will not come down.


Eph 2 8-10

Knew that was coming. So sad they couldn't be saved. So much history.

Dwight K.

How did these historic buildings get into such bad shape


They got in this shape because people didn't care. Just like the old schools. It was easier to let them decay so that they could get new ones. It is amazing that in Europe there are still buildings from centuries ago, but in the good old U.S.A. we have to have new (not necessarily better).


I have wondered that also. The castles and other historic buildings in other countries. But here we just tear them down and build new. No history left here.


This is dumb.


Even in the condition they are in they'd still outlast any building being built today.


This is why downtown will never thrive. Everyone wants it like it used to be!

Stop It

Perkins has a downtown?




What a shame.

Yellow Snow

It would be a shame to landfill all the historic stone used in the exterior of these cottages. Charge a dump truck fee for delivery. Cheaper than a landfill fee, and I'm guessing someone would be willing to clean them up and reuse. They do it with brick all the time.


I was thinking the same thing!! Just use the imagination to re-purpose those beautiful stones. Decorative walls/fence, outdoor fireplace, small outbuildings, water structures, waterfalls, breakwall...etc.etc.....


I have mixed feeling about this , I mean on one hand you have building that house Heros passed and Yes I say Heros . There Memory I am afraid may be gone with the cottages once they are done .
But on the other hand , You have Heros that are their that are in need , where the heros are yesterday can no longer be helped .So I think it should be done to try and make the best out of the resourses we have to help the ones of today and tomorrow . There are a lot of them as well as there is going to be a lot more of them in days to come as long as the unrest in this world is around . We need to remember


I wish they would have allowed a public walkthrough. I love looking at old buildings and their fixtures. Also, can I get some of that stone?? What are they going to do with it?????

Yellow Snow

I agree, I would love a few pickup trucks of this stone. It holds a lot of history for anyone who has a veteran in their family. Never to be forgotten. This stone could easily be sold. Even at a per/block or per pickup truck price per load with funds to be used at this facility. It's worth more than scrap value just for the chance to say thanks for your efforts, Veterans.


"Demolition began this week on six condemned cottages"

"State taxpayers are fronting about $31,000 to demolish the first cottage, but the exact cost of the entire project is still unknown."

Those cottages were built like some of the old castles in Europe.

I see neglect and peeling paint. An ounce of prevention....

Somebody is going to make a lot of money off of the Ohio tax payers.


If they had wanted to sell the stone, they would have already done so. Always, always, always follow the money trail and see where it leads when this type of destruction happens. No one is going to admire the crap that is built nowdays and why should they? It's all generic!


very true. I wish they would keep one building up for historical purpouses. Also if they are not going to sell it, they should let people come get it at their own risk. The person commented below said their grandfather passed there... It would probably be nice for them to have a piece of that stone.


My grandfather died there.

pigeon farmer

The end goal is to build a new facility and name it after the same politician that voted to send to the veterans to war. The politician is a multimillionaire who receive millions in donations from the military contractors. The politician doesn't need the veterans anymore.


If someone had wanted to renovate the cottages, there are both state and federal incentives for doing so: http://www.ohiohistory.org/ohio-...

I own an old home in another state. In '99 I successfully received approval to have it officially listed on the National Historic Register after submitting an extensive application form that included over 30 pages of intended renovations, costs and timelines. Each state has their own unique incentives to offer potential investors to renovate old structures. In my state the incentive is for the owner to get the structure on the National Registry prior to the start of any renovation when the assessed value is low because once on the Register, the assessed value is frozen at that low level for 15 years meaning the tax base can rise but the assessed value of the structure/land for taxation purposes stays frozen. As I've renovated the home the Real Market Value (RMV) has increased but I'm only taxed each year on the 1999 assessed value. Without this incentive, I seriously doubt I would have taken on such a project.

There is one local family business that has done very well with this incentive. The business was started by two brothers in 1974 when they purchased an old Cafe, then 11 years later opened their first brewpub. As their profits grew, they found it more cost effective in terms of their taxes to purchase older structures (which they had always liked anyway), renovate and re-open. An added plus for them is they also like old structures. As an example of the structures they've re-purposed, they purchased an old elementary school, renovating it into a hotel where old classrooms are sleeping rooms. They also purchased/re-purposed an old "Poor House" property and an old Masonic Retirement Home. They continue to purchase and renovate old structures of varying types and now own a chain of 65 brewpubs, microbreweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs.

The Veterans Homes cottages are beautiful structures. I have no doubt they could be 100% renovated. As someone who has first-hand knowledge of the cost, time, cost, logistics and did I mention cost of renovating old structures, I can readily agree with Mike McKinney's statement of, “We have attempted to re-purpose them by partnering with other private and public organizations, but the cost of renovation is prohibitive.”

There are several salvage companies across the United States that might be interested in the gorgeous building stones but depending upon how well constructed the cottages are, the time and cost to remove and clean the stones for resale could exceed their resale value.

Personally, I would've loved to have talked to Mr. McKinney when he was looking for partners to re-purpose the cottages as I see a real potential for a couple of business opportunities. But it appears I'm too late.