Thursday, April 1, 2010

Member Spotlight

Developer Ira Levy, left, and Ann Arnold of the Rome Downtown and River Development Association

Preservation advocacy can shape the face and character of a town. In Ira Levy, Rome, Georgia has found a champion that appreciates his city's historic features and supports its thriving business community. This week, as we get ready to Ramble to Rome, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is honored to have the opportunity to express our appreciation to Ira, a long-time board member and true preservationist.

Ira's investment in Rome has been significant, from his restoration of a downtown landmark now the Hawthorn Suites to his waste and recycling business. Ira and his wife, Libby, have always had a penchant for old buildings and have renovated numerous projects around the country including their first restoration, a 19th Century rowhouse in Chicago, IL. He moved with his family to Rome 25 years ago after the couple spied the city's Clocktower on a Sunday afternoon drive with their three children. They were so impressed with all that Rome and Floyd County had to offer that they made the move and never looked back.

All of us at the Trust are excited to Ramble with the Levy's in their beloved Rome. This year's Spring Ramble promises to be an unforgettable tour of no fewer than 12 historic homes and nearly 50 historic sites. Space is still available, and we hope you will join us this weekend.

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