Jones Hall, Youngstown State University

Community Revitalization Award – Jones Hall, Youngstown State University

When Jones Hall was built it served as the College’s primary instructional and administrative space building. The building evolved over the years, most notably in 1949, when the Clarence J. Strouss Auditorium was added, and in 1978 when most of the classroom spaces were converted into offices. In 2015 Jones Hall was scheduled for a roof and downspout replacement and exterior stone repair and replacement. At that time, it was decided to return Jones Hall to its original look with original materials. The roof had previously been replaced with different slate than what was originally installed. In addition, the gutters had deteriorated to the point they were no longer functional and detracted from the beauty of the building. This $930,000 project was undertaken in 2017, with a project designed by eS Architecture from Dublin, Ohio. The existing slate roof was removed, all rotted substructure was repaired or replaced, and some of the building exterior stones that had moved over the years were re-set and tuck pointed. The new slate was matched in both color and dimension to the original slate which is of a gray-green color. Along with the new slate roof, all of the associated copper flashings, copper gutters, and downspouts, were also replaced with new copper. The project was nominated by Ellen Tressel and Paul McFadden.