COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Durable Restoration Company was awarded the Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for its restoration work on Eddie Rickenbacker’s childhood home. Awards were presented on Saturday, November 1, during a noon luncheon at the historic Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Station in Columbus.
The quaint house located at 1336 E. Livingston Ave. was
built in 1895 by Eddie Rickenbacker’s father. From his humble beginnings,
Rickenbacker later gained fame as a decorated WWI hero, Congressional Medal of
Honor recipient, automobile entrepreneur and president of Eastern Airlines.
The Columbus City Council purchased the house in 1998 after
it had been boarded up for decades. Three years later, grant money was acquired
and renovation plans began. The home now serves as part of the Rickenbacker-Woods
Technology Museum and Historical Park Board.
“It was an honor to be recognized as an integral part of
restoring this National Historic Landmark,” said Gary Howes, Executive Vice
President of The Durable Restoration Company.
The Rickenbacker House is one of three Central Ohio
buildings designated as a National Historic Landmark, the highest designation
given. Others include the Ohio Theater and Statehouse, which Durable
Restoration has also had the opportunity to restore.
The Durable Restoration Company was responsible for
stabilizing the structure, rebuilding the chimney, installing a new slate roof
and gutters, painting, exposing and repairing original siding, restoring and
replacing the wood windows, building a wood fence and rebuilding the front
porch on the house Rickenbacker once called home.
All were selfless and came together to preserve this
important home of a “very famous man,” said Ohio Historical Society Executive
Director and State Historic Preservation Officer William K. Laidlaw, Jr.
The Preservation Merit Award is given for preserving Ohio’s
prehistory, history, architecture or culture.