Springboro is fortunate to continue to have many buildings that date to - and in one case before - its founding in 1815. Most of these buildings can be found in a seven-block historic district located on South Main Street, SR 73, south of Central Avenue (SR 741). Many of these structures contributed to the Underground Railroad that conducted thousands of runaway slaves from bondage in the southern U.S. to freedom to the north. The historic district is a federally- and locally-designed Historic District.
Creation of the Board
To protect these and other historic properties in the community, the Springboro Architectural Review Board (ARB) was created 1996 by City Council. The ARB’s responsibilities are outlined in the Historic Preservation Code, Chapter 1229 of the City’s Codified Ordinances, and principally include managing exterior changes to protected properties through the use of its Historic Design Guidelines. The ARB is responsible, in coordination with the Planning Commission, in managing the development in the Town Center Overlay District located immediately to the north of the Historic District.
The ARB conducts an annual awards program to recognize individuals and organizations for their work in preserving protected properties and overall preservation leadership. The program typically coincides with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Month in May.
Historic Preservation Grant Program
The City of Springboro makes a grant program available each each year for historic preservation. Owners of protected properties in the Springboro Historic District as well as stand-alone landmarks are eligible for the program. The application packet is available at the right. Projects must be consistent with the City’s Design Guidelines for protected properties.
Springboro City Council created the program in 2017 to provide the owners of historic properties with financial support to stabilize, rehabilitate, and reconstruct historic buildings in Springboro.
For more information historic preservation in Springboro please contact Dan Boron.