Preservation Merit Award
for the preservation and rehabilitation of the 1906 Standart-Simmons Hardware Company Building, 34 South Erie Street, Toledo, as the Standart Lofts
The Standart project is the first large-scale building renovation in Toledo’s Warehouse District in several years. The building is at the gateway to Downtown Toledo, so it is noticed by all who come Downtown from 1-75 and State Route 24.
Built in 1906, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It sat empty for several decades, and although it was unsightly, it remained structurally sound. The developers purchased the building in 2007, and renovation began in 2010.
Some of the unique, original components that were maintained in the renovation include: interior, originally exposed brick, original ceilings, exposed timbers and joists, and the original staircase. The exterior brick was gently cleaned to reveal the beautiful original color. Existing window openings were maintained. The historic Erie Street entrance was painstakingly restored along with the original mosaic tile entry floor.
Environmentally sensitive elements of the rehabilitation included state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems, a fully insulated roof, and highly efficient electrical systems, all reducing energy consumption and operating costs.
The impact of this project to the Warehouse District and Downtown Toledo has been significant. Today, all 75 of the studio, one, and two-bedroom market-rate apartment units in Standart Lofts are occupied, and there is a waiting list. These apartments are unlike anything found in the suburbs or most Ohio towns. Tenants seeking an urban lifestyle, with loft-style units and activity within walking distance, are excited that they can find it in Toledo.
The influx of new residents into the area brings more activity and dollars to local businesses. And because the Warehouse District is full of local businesses, those dollars have a particular impact in Toledo.
for a list of past Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award recipients.