Ohio Modern Architecture Statewide Context

Gray & Pape contracted with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society to develop a statewide historic context document outlining the important social, political, and economic trends shaping land use decisions, architectural styles, property types, and building technology in Ohio’s recent past. The time period begins with World War II and the massive socioeconomic transformations that occurred. The events of the war years set into motion trends and patterns of historical development that shaped Ohio for the next three decades. The time period ends at 1970, as the early 1970s marked a period of transition for Ohio that included deindustrialization, assumption of new responsibilities by state and local government, and demographic and socioeconomic trends as the state’s metropolitan areas grew and the population transitioned from rural to suburban settings. During this project, Gray & Pape established significant themes and identified important property types and examples of the work of seminal architects, builders, and developers in Ohio’s recent past.