Oregon Historic District Society

The Oregon Historic District Society (OHDS) Meetings
The Board of Trustees holds regular meetings on the second Tuesday of every month (except December and April) at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are open to the public, and held at the Park Manor Community Room (1st floor of the high rise near the corner of Cass St. and Jackson St.) The OHDS Annual Meeting is held in April.

About OHDS
The first meeting of the Organization for the Burns-Jackson Area was held September 12, 1973. Twelve of those present were then residents of the area – the remainder, prospective residents or interested parties. By the conclusion of the second meeting two weeks later, the group had voted to call themselves the Oregon Historic District Society, adopted a constitution, elected trustees and voted to file Articles of Incorporation. Their constitution read in part: “To create a sense of community; to help make neighborhood life secure and comfortable; to establish an atmosphere in which to live, work and recreate ourselves.” more Each year the Oregon Historic District Society sponsors a tour of homes and business buildings in the area in an effort to acquaint others with what we have accomplished. The public response to these events has been gratifying and, at times, almost overwhelming. The pride we take in our efforts is nurtured by the warm interest our visitors have shown. The activities of the Society are varied, but the purposes expressed in our constitution remain our prime objectives. As “new” pioneers, we are hard at work recreating a neighborhood and sharing it with our visitors.

OHDS Logo

The logo of the Oregon Historic District Society is a modern adaptation of the lion head emblem of the McHose and Lyon Dayton Architectural Iron Works, a local firm, in business for approximately 30 years beginning in 1868. This firm supplied much architectural ironwork for construction, not only in Dayton, but throughout the Midwest. Their fences and iron lace verandahs are still much in evidence in the Oregon District and elsewhere.

Their work was usually identified by a cast iron lion’s face in relief, bearing the inscription “McHose & Lyon, Manufacturers, Dayton, Ohio” under the lion’s face. This emblem was used mainly on fence gates and, at times, the name of the homeowner for whom the gate was made appeared in a semi-arch panel over the top of the lion’s face.
Mr. William McHose, a 72 year resident of the area, lived for 45 years in a fine Victorian home located at 53 Green Street, which he built in 1873 as a wedding gift for his bride.
Mr. McHose adopted the lion head emblem as a mark of his work shortly after he opened a small shop on the canal below Third Street. It originally bore his name, changing when Calvin Lyon became his partner in 1877.  The Oregon Historic District Society felt this symbol was a unique Dayton Historical item and that it bore a most direct relation to this area. They decided to use as their logo the lion head in its original design, replacing the firm name with that of the Society. They retained the same style of letters used on the original with the exception of the name “Oregon”. The letter styling of this word was taken from metal letters on an original leather fire horse harness of the old Oregon Volunteer Fire Company. This horse belt was borrowed from the private collection of James Davis for copying purposes. On the logo, “Oregon” was placed in the semi-arch panel position where the homeowner’s name would have appeared on the original casting.

OHDS Constitution
Click here to download the OHDS Constitution in PDF format.

4 thoughts on “Oregon Historic District Society”

  1. theresa cox said:

    Hi, I wonder if you could tell me how old the house is at 75 green street. My GGGGG Grandfather died at that address in 1861. His son in law Samuel T Evans owned the house. We went to look at it today and it looks like it might be from a later date or remodeled. This is a fascinating neighborhood, I was driving around in awe. Its like a time capsule.

    • Hello Theresa,
      Unfortunately, there is no consolidated list of dates when individual homes were built. However, according to some real estate websites, the building is listed as being built in 1900. Unfortunately, some early property records are a little sketchy, so the actual year may be earlier or there may have been another structure on the propoerty prior to the current house. It’s not uncommon for propoerty value records to shows rises and falls as homes were built or were destroyed by fire. Many homes that have been restored also have a plaque designating the year it was built. Next time you are in the neighborhood, you may want to look for one on the front of the house.

  2. Margaret Johnson said:

    I wonder if you can give me any information on 73 Jones St. I know the house is no longer there due to the construction of Route 35, which I wonder if you know when this occurred. This is where my GG Grandfather Jean-Pierre (John) Barthelemy lived i until 1903.

    My G Grandfather Anthony Barthelemy lived at 37 Green St.and there was an article written in the Dayton Daily News around 1904 about this house and how the flower seeds planted there were brought over from France. Any information would be greatly appreciated or if there are any websites for me to search to find more info. Thank you so much for your time.
    Margaret Johnson

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