Historic designation in the works for Corry.

Impact Corry Legacy Committee is able to pursue of a U.S. National Park Service National Register of Historic Places designation because it has been awarded $10,000 from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission awarded 57 Keystone Historic Preservation Grants in June, and Impact Corry was one of the organizations awarded.

Impact Corry Legacy Committee applied for the grant in order to get a U.S. National Park Service National Register of Historic Places designation for downtown Corry and Mead Park.

Impact Corry was awarded $10,000, and Mandi Johnson, a legacy committee member who is heading the second half of the historic designation project, said the next step is to raise matching funds.

A 50 percent cash match is required from grant recipients.

The full amount that was applied for was $15,000, Johnson said.

"We got awarded the 10, which is still good, but we might split up the project because there are two districts between the park and the downtown Corry district," Johnson said.

The first part of seeking the historic designation was an intensive level survey in 2018, and Johnson was recently informed that both districts are eligible for a national register listing.

Johnson explained that $30,000 would have covered the designation of both districts, but since there are a lot more buildings involved in the designation of downtown Corry, it would have been the more expensive district versus Mead Park.

With $20,000 from the grant plus the match, downtown Corry will probably be the focus for the first designation and a designation for Mead Park will be pursued at a later date.

After raising a match grant, the legacy committee will be working with The Markosky Engineering Group Inc., of Ligonier, Pa., to do paperwork and the legwork needed for submission to the National Park Service National Register of Historic Places.

The national designation is honorary and will not put restrictions on homeowners. The way restrictions would come into play is if a homeowner pursues a grant toward a historical preservation of a property.

But there are no restrictions attached to the national register, Johnson said.

"This is a great thing for Corry," Johnson said, as she explained that this designation would be a way to honor the history of Corry.

"Hopefully, once we get this done, the designation will help us pursue other preservation activities such as a design guide or getting some of the downtown buildings restored," Johnson said.

A design guide is put together to point out historical aspects of buildings that should be preserved, explains different architectural styles and the history behind them, how to maintain historical integrity and ranks which parts are most important, such as porches, windows, and outside decorative items, Johnson said.

This would help a property owner preserve the integrity of the historical part of the house and nothing important is destroyed during restoration, Johnson said.

"I'm pretty excited and hopefully this will help us move Corry forward," Johnson said.

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