The Durable Restoration Company was awarded the Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for its restoration work on Eddie Rickenbacker’s childhood home. Awards were presented on Saturday, November 1, during a noon luncheon at the Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Station in Columbus.
“This job was a great learning experience,” said Steve White, who served as the foreman on the job. “It made me feel a connection to Eddie Rickenbacker,” he added, “who I always heard about growing up.”
The Durable Restoration Company was responsible for stabilizing the structure, rebuilding the chimney, installing a new slate roof and gutters, painting, exposing and repairing original siding, restoring and replacing the wood windows, building a wood fence and rebuilding the front porch on the house Rickenbacker once called home.
All were selfless and came together to preserve this important home of a “very famous man,” said Ohio Historical Society Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer William K. Laidlaw, Jr.