Local apartments may be nominated for National Register
By Stephanie Kandel
HIGHLAND SQUARE — The Rhodes apartment building at 16 Rhodes Ave. and the Watters apartment building at 608-614 W. Market St., together known as Nela Manor, have been recommended for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board voted earlier this month to recommend the buildings, along with other properties in Ohio, be nominated.
According to a news release from the Ohio Historical Society, the buildings are recommended for nomination for their historic and architectural significance. Both are examples for the type of apartment building developed in Akron’s most affluent neighborhoods during the boom years of the rubber industry.
The Rhodes, built in 1912, is a reddish-brown brick building influenced by early 20th century architectural styles, including Craftsman and Tudor Revival, distinguished by stacked porches. The Watters, built in 1925, is in the Commercial style.
To be eligible for listing on the national register, a property or district must:
be associated with events that have made a significant contribution to history;
be associated with the lives of people significant in the past;
embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction; represent the work of a master; possess high artistic values; or represent a significant, distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
have yielded, or be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.
Owners or long-term tenants who rehabilitate income-producing properties listed on the register can qualify for a 20 percent federal tax credit. Listing on the register does not obligate owners to repair or improve their properties and does not prevent them from remodeling, altering, selling or demolishing them if they choose to do so.