Ashland Hosts Public Meeting to Share Survey Results

Ryan Juntti
August 08, 2017 08:40 PM

ASHLAND, Wis. - The results from a year-long survey were revealed on Monday during a public information meeting at the Ashland City Hall.

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The survey was designed to identify significant buildings in Ashland from a historical and architecture perspective.

"This type of project raises awareness of those stories and why they're important, and why they should be preserved," said Joe De Rose, Wisconsin Historical Society Historian.

The project was a survey of 877 historic structures in the Ashland area. 

"It makes it very interesting that we have all these structures for people to view in our area," said Steven Schraufnagel, registered architect. 

Schraufnagel has been the chairperson for historic preservation for the past 18 years.

The city of Ashland received a grant to be able to fund the project.

"We've worked on trying to get this grant, so that the city of Ashland will benefit," said Schraufnagel. 

He says the project says a lot about the history of Ashland. 

"It shows that we are a very historic community, and it was just amazing, the amount of research that was done here," said Schraufnagel.  

De Rose has been coming to Ashland ever since he was a little kid. 

"Ashland's very near and dear to my heart," said De Rose.      

Bill Ertl has lived in Ashland since 1999. He says it is important to care about the history of the town.

"I think that's a good quality to have for any community to realize where you come from, and it may give you perspective as to where you should be headed in the future," said Ertl.

The properties that are surveyed are identified to see if they can be put on the national register of historic places.

The last survey took place back in 2001. 


Ryan Juntti

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