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Olney Friends School

Olney Friends School is a model for any historic commercial property owner, museum site, or school with an historic campus. The school, since 1837, has perfected how to continuously adapt itself and remain relevant to its mission and its community, including respecting its history.

The natural and built beauty of this campus inspire and refresh us every time we visit. Working with preservation consultants Kathy Mast Kane and Nathalie Wright, we completed the National Register nomination for the Friends Boarding School and Ohio Yearly Meetinghouse Historic District, which was placed on the National Register in March 2009.

Consulting with Hays Landscape Architecture Studio, we developed a Campus Master Plan to identify appropriate improvements to the campus. We also prepared a Preservation Master Plan for ‘The Main’ Building that assessed the existing conditions of the structure, determined how best to accommodate programmatic needs, comply with accessibility and code requirements, and integrate contemporary building systems into the most significant building on campus.

In the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, the masonry restoration work on the exterior of The Main was completed. The wood windows restoration on The Main was completed in 2013. We helped secure funding for the School, including an award from the National Trust’s Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation.


Location: Barnesville, Ohio
Client: Olney Friends School
Budget: Phase I Masonry Restoration – $200,000
Funding: National Trust for Historic Preservation Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation
Accolades: National Register Historic District Nomination


Preservation Master Plan
Campus Master Plan
Restoration of civic buildings, schools and administration buildings