Huntington Alert recognizes three couples’ efforts

Huntington Alert recognized (from left) Dave Hasty, Mary Hasty, Martin Young and Marilyn Stefan for rehabilitation work on a barn, garage and home that preserved the historical integrity of the structures.
Huntington Alert recognized (from left) Dave Hasty, Mary Hasty, Martin Young and Marilyn Stefan for rehabilitation work on a barn, garage and home that preserved the historical integrity of the structures. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Alert has recognized three couples for preserving the historical integrity of their properties.
The historic preservation organization also honored the memory of a long-time member by presenting the first David A. Schenkel Memorial Award to Main Street Huntington, an organization dedicated to preserving buildings in downtown Huntington, and the building owners who have taken part in that program.

Individual preservation awards, presented on May 21, went to Dave and Mary Hasty, Robert and Marilyn Stefan and Martin and Jackie Young.

The Hastys were honored for their work in repairing and restoring a 1908 barn, including the barn's slate roof, on their property at 1990E-600N, Huntington.

The Stefans were honored for work on their Queen Anne Victorian era home at 1046 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. The home was built in the early 1880s and is known as the Julius Dick home after its original owner.

The Youngs were recognized for rebuilding a garage on their property at 1253 Poplar St., Huntington, in its original brick after the garage was crushed during a storm.

Main Street Huntington was honored for coordinating a grant program that provides funding for owners of downtown Huntington buildings to repair and preserve the facades of those buildings.

Recipients of the 2012 facade grants, who were also honored by Huntington Alert for participating in the program, are Paul and Helga Johnson, for work done on buildings at 420 and 422 N. Jefferson St.; Larry Kreider, for work done at Z-Place Pizza, 538 Warren St.; Justin Wall, for work done at 309 N. Jefferson St.; Rex Frederick, for work done at 522 and 514 N. Jefferson St.; Brenda Rosen, Larry Zahm and Rich Najuch, for work done on a block of buildings at 35, 39, 45, 49 and 53 E. Market St.; and Mettler Insurance, for work on buildings at 612 and 616 N. Jefferson St.

Schenkel, who died in 2007, was long active in historic preservation community beautification projects and was both a volunteer and leader in such community organizations as the Huntington County Tourism Board, Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation, Heritage Days steering committee, LaFontaine Arts Council, Salvation Army, Historic Review Board, South Side Business Association, Merillat Centre for the Arts advisory committee and the United Way of Huntington County.

A plaque listing recipients of the David A. Schenkel Memorial Award will be displayed at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.