Jason worked with the Champaign County Historical Society to research the history of the structure discovering it started out as a private residence, but after that it had many incarnations. It served as the Prince Hall Grand Lodge for black free masons around 1923, served as a nursing home, was used by Ohio Eastern Star, was used as a temporary county court house after the Champaign County court house burned down, served again as a nursing home, and served as an architect’s office who also rented out space to other businesses. Then in 2017, the Kiles purchased the property.
The Kiles wanted to maintain as much of the original structure as possible while also configuring the space to accommodate a dental practice that afforded privacy and comfort to their patents. Therefore, Jason traveled to Texas several times to attend training to learn how to design a dental office within an existing historical structure. They were able to maintain the original trim, doors, transom windows, fireplace, and tile-work in the bathrooms. They used many local businesses to perform the restoration work. They also did extensive landscaping to spruce up the curb appeal. To be ADA complaint, they installed a wheelchair lift instead of a wheelchair ramp.
We are honored to receive the CCPA Home & Garden Tour Preservationist of the Year award last night! It was a great pleasure` restoring one of our community's oldest buildings and turning it into our new dental home. #UrbanaDentalSmiles
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