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Former hospital joins list of historic places

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Norwalk's historic district has added another feather in its cap with an addition to the National Register of Historic Places.

The former Norwalk Memorial Hospital located at 269 W. Main St. was added into the register.

"I just figured from the day we bought it, that is should be in there," owner Doug Colvin said.

Colvin said he plans on trying to get the Ohio Historic Preservation Office to extend the historic district out to the Shrine of the Sorrowful Mother and include the Knights of Columbus building, at 254 W. Main St.

The hospital was built in 1916. There was an addition added in 1958. Fisher-Titus Medical Center was built in 1957 and replaced the Norwalk Memorial Hospital. The building now houses offices, meeting rooms, an apartment and a health club.

To be eligible for a listing in the register the property must meet one of four criterion according to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office's National Register or specific exceptions:

Be associated with an event that made a significant contribution to history.

Be associated with an important person in history.

Embody high artistic value or distinct characteristics in construction.

Have or will yield important historic information.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Office does not restrict what is done to the property but encourages keeping the historic charter of the property according to its Web site.

"I bet everyone in my family at one time has worked there," Colvin said.

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