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The National Trust for Historic Preservation theme for this year is “New age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.” The theme is intended to excite current supporters and introduce new audiences to the work being done to enrich and preserve places that have special significance in communities throughout our nation.

Embark: Encourage community service opportunities in your city by hosting projects. Consider partnering with other non-profit organizations to sponsor the event. Building relationships may lead to future opportunities and attract new volunteers.

Inspire: Consider demonstrations, lectures and workshops on restoration techniques that will help educate historic homeowners on correct methods for repair and inspire them.

Engage: Host special events to encourage and celebrate preservation efforts and accomplishments in your community. Take advantage of social media as a way to “spread the word.”

Preservation Racine Inc. sponsors this annual community event that recognizes and awards building owners who have maintained, preserved, renovated or restored Racine County buildings that are at least 100 years old. Since 1988 more than 354 Century Building certificates have been awarded.

The celebration will take place on Monday, May 5, in the Great Hall at the DeKoven Center, 600 21st St. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. honoring the building owners, followed by the presentation of the building certificates at 7 p.m.

Preservation Racine members are the hosts for this event.

The following 12 buildings have been chosen, researched and photographed:

• 1530 Main St., Racine, is an American Four-Square house built circa 1905. The current owners are Art and Nancy Smith.

• 1540 Main St., Racine, was built in 1900 and is a wood frame house. The current owners are Ralph and Kathleen Packard.

• 26060 Washington Ave., Dover; was built in 1904, is a Queen Anne style house. The current owners are Tom Hamilton and Juan Carlos Palomino.

• 1313 Main St., Union Grove is a Queen Anne style house that was built in 1899. The current owners are Don and Eileen Voss.

• 1509 Grand Ave., was built in 1914 as a Romanesque style church. Currently the home of St. Richard of Chichester Catholic Church.

•17809 Old Yorkville Road, Union Grove is a frame Italianate style house, built in 1886 as a parsonage for the Yorkville Methodist Church. The current owners are David and Robin Anderson.

•1818 Wisconsin Ave., Racine, was built circa 1903 is a Victorian style with Queen Anne details. The current owners are Todd and Kara Brennan.

• 1715 College Ave., Racine, is an American Four-Square Prairie style built in 1914. The current owners are Seemee and Michael McShane.

• Sturtevant/Corliss Train Depot in Linwood Park, Caledonia, built in 1901. The Caledonia Historical Society saved this historic building in 2009.

•18023 Yorkville Road, Yorkville; was built circa 1899. Gerald and Jodi Lentz currently own this Queen Anne style house.

• 2714 County Line Road Mount Pleasant, built circa 1880 is a Georgian Revival style house. The current owners are Thomas and Carole Vollendorf.

• 745 Main St., Racine, is a Gothic Revival style church built in 1914 for the First United Methodist Church.

Upcoming events

For more information on Preservation Racine and how you can become involved visit or join us at 7 p.m. Monday June 2 at Taylor Hall at the DeKoven Center, 600 21st St.

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