Participate in Community Survey for 1927 Building

Hudson residents are invited to provide valuable input regarding the adaptive reuse of the 1927 Hudson High School Building.

Hudson Heritage Association (HHA) has hired Webb Management, experts in planning services for cultural arts facilities, to conduct a feasibility study to assess the viability and adaptive reuse of the historic 1927 Hudson High School Building (currently the “old” Hudson Middle School) on Oviatt Street as a community/cultural arts center.

Existing 600-seat auditorium/theater in the historic 1927…

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April Program Highlights Historic Johnson Home Restoration

Kent State Professor Elwin Robison will detail the remarkable restoration 
of the 1828 house that holds historic significance to the Mormon church.

It may come as a surprise to learn that one of the most historically significant sites in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sits just 16 miles away from Hudson, in Hiram, Ohio.

The John and Elsa Johnson Home, built in 1828 and located at 6203 Pioneer Trail, attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors a year.

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A Facade of a Proposal – Latest Plan Would Demolish Most of Historic School

Photo of possible redevelopment plan of Hudson Middle School

The original Hudson High School building in the heart of Hudson’s Historic District is on the verge of being redeveloped into a Hollywood stage-set façade.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The school was opened in 1927 and has served our community’s children for almost a century. In June, it reaches the end of its useful life, at least for the Hudson City School District.

Liberty Development Co. has twice offered its ideas…

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Developer to “AMPUTATE” 1927 HHS Building for New Housing Development in Historic District


In a breathtaking change of course, Liberty Development announced this past week that it now intends to demolish three-quarters of the 1927 Hudson High School Building and use the remaining front quarter as a façade that will house only five 2-story units, instead of the twenty units previously proposed for the building. The revised strategy proposes a total of 14 units, down from 30 units proposed earlier.

In the revised plans, Liberty has…

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Message from the President – The Future of the 1927 School Building

The adaptive reuse of the 50,000-square-foot 1927 Hudson High School building located on Oviatt Street in Hudson’s Historic District goes far beyond the preservation and repurposing of a single structure. This is one of Hudson’s last opportunities to retain a significant public building within the historic center.

With the relocation of three significant public buildings/operations from the Historic District — the post office (1997), library (2004) and the city/town hall (2013) — residents have fewer reasons to…

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100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

In August, the nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees American women the right to vote.

Hudson Heritage Association will honor the centennial of this monumental moment in history during its March program by featuring a special presentation from Leianne Neff Heppner, President and CEO of the Summit County Historical Society of Akron.

Neff Heppner’s presentation, “At the Summit: A Centennial Celebration,” will offer a fascinating look at the 200-year fight of American women to win the vote, from…

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Message from the Board: Future of 1927 Building Faces Critical Decision Point


Hudson Middle School - 1927 Building


In October 2020, the Hudson City School District (HCSD) announced its intention to work with Liberty Development to pursue the feasibility of converting the 1927 Hudson High School Building into condominiums and that open space on the property was being considered for eight carriage houses (at the rear of the site), along with the construction of two…

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“The Cleveland Storyteller” to bring “Millionaire’s Row” to Life

Mark Twain called it “the grandest, most beautiful street in all the world.”

Travel guides of the time called it the “Showplace of America,” compared it to Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées and designated it a must-see for tourists from Europe.

Today, the ornate mansions, lavish gardens and unparalleled elegance of Cleveland’s “Millionaires’ Row” are…

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Community Webinar and Proposal for 1927 School Building

Many of you living within Hudson’s Historic District or adjacent to the historic 1927 Hudson High School Building on Oviatt Street, may have recently received a brochure in the mail from the Hudson City School District (HCSD), inviting the community to a Zoom Webinar/Presentation on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 7:00 PM. You many have also read the front-page article in Sunday’s Hudson Hub-Times, “Condos Proposed at Old Hudson Middle School”, January 31, 2021 or read…

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2020-21 Program Schedule

Please join us for our upcoming programs, featured as part of HHA’s monthly meetings, which also provide updates on our efforts in advocacy, education and preservation. Programs are free, and aside from the May event for members only, they are open to the public.

October 8, 7:30 pm (watch on HCTV)
“Removal of the Gorge Dam – Hudson’s Cuyahoga River Watersheds”
Elaine Marsh, Friends of the Crooked River

November 12, 7:30 pm (watch on HCTV)
“The History of Hudson’s Railroads”
Tom Vince, Western Reserve Academy Archivist

January 14
“The Art of Dying”

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