About the West by the River Historic District

Located in Elyria, Ohio, the West by the River Historic District encompasses parts of West Avenue, Middle Avenue, 3rd Street, 4th Street, 5th Street, Barres and Holly Lane. On February 6, 1989, the City of Elyria designated the 'West Avenue Historic District', which is also known under the more well known name, 'West by the River Historic District'. Currently this is the City of Elyria's ONLY locally designated historic district.

The neighborhood includes excellent intact examples of a wide variety of architecture styles popular during the mid-19th to mid-20th century including Greek Revival/Italianate, Italian Villa, Italianate, Second Empire, Shingle Style, Queen Anne, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, and Mediterranean Revival.

National Register Historic District

The 'Elyria Downtown-West Avenue National Register Historic District', designated on January 16, 2001, which contains close to 140 contributing structures, includes the primary commercial buildings of the downtown area and also joins with the residential neighborhood along West Avenue where it dovetails with the locally designated West by the River Historic District.

About the Nonprofit: West By The River Historical Impr. Corp. of Elyria

This website was created and is run by volunteers of the nonprofit organization created to support the District neighborhood, this organizations official name and mission are below. Please see the Membership page for additional information.

West By The River Historical Improvement Corp. of Elyria, Inc.

The mission of this organization shall be to educate the citizens of Elyria about local history, and restore and preserve our wonderful historic neighborhood; to end the destruction of the irreplaceable architecture thus preserving the heritage of Elyria and encouraging community involvement; to nurture a neighborly trust throughout the West by the River Historic District and the surrounding community. 

Board of Trustees of the Non-Profit

Commenced January 9, 2018 for 2 years: 

Tom Aden : Chairperson
Matt Swabb : Vice-Chairperson
Shannon Swabb : Secretary
Sheila Massimiani : Treasurer
Bill Bird,  Bill Kloss,  Sheryl Elinsky, :  At Large


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We are a participating organization in the Lorain County Preservation Network.