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Young, Colonel Charles, House

Wilberforce, Ohio
County of Greene.
National Register Number: 74001506
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: OH-7 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 30, 1974):
This two story brick structure was the residence of Colonel Charles Young (1864-1922), the third Black person to graduate from West Point and the highest-ranking Black officer of the First World War. Young also served as the first Black military attache in American history. A distinguished soldier and teacher of military courses, he was nationally known by the time of his death.

More twenty years has passed since anyone has lived in the Young House. The local chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity use the house for monthly meetings. The concrete porch slopes towards the house, creating moisture problems for the brick walls and foundation. Spalling and crumbling brick are common, especially in the southwest first floor corner. The roof is failing and needs to be replaced. The north wall in the northwest first floor room is pulling away from the floor, showing evidence of uneven settling. Several hollow exterior pilaster supporting a trellis have collapsed. Groundhogs are burrowing under the foundation and into the basement. Moisture problems are extensive throughout the building, with mold evident in some locations. The Young House would benefit from a Condition Assessment Report that would identify the means for rehabilitation and technical assistance. There are no current proposals for rehabilitation or adaptive reuse for the property.

No changes since the last report.

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