Canal Winchester zoning officer Andrew Dutton gave the Landmarks Commission more details at its April 25 meeting about how a list of historic homes in the community will be updated for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

Canal Winchester zoning officer Andrew Dutton gave the Landmarks Commission more details at its April 25 meeting about how a list of historic homes in the community will be updated for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

He gave a similar presentation to village council's Old Town Committee in March.

The inventory of almost 400 buildings has not been updated in nearly 25 years. Members of the Landmarks Commission stressed the importance of making sure residents are aware that volunteers will be gathering information about their properties.

The OHPO inventory program was developed to provide an accurate and continuing record of the architectural and historic properties currently existing in the state. According to Dutton, more than 90,000 historic properties have been entered into the records of the Ohio Historical Society.

"It's basically a resource," he said. "This does not put it on any historic district or national register."

Dutton said the inventory is also used by various state, local and federal agencies. The general public makes use of the data for land use planning, urban development and road improvement decisions, he said.

Volunteers are asked to take photos after asking permission to be on the properties, he said. If permission is denied or if the owner is not home, photos will be taken from the sidewalk.

In addition to taking photos with digital cameras, Dutton said volunteers will complete forms to update information about the architecture or historical facts about each structure, specifically noting the roofing, walls and openings.

Dutton's goal is to get most of the forms and photos by the May 23 Landmarks Commission meeting.

"It depends on how many volunteers we have," he said. "I don't know if we can get them all done in one month. It make take two or three."

This project does need completed sooner rather than later, he said.

Landmarks Commission member Bruce Jarvis suggested the group should meet with representatives from the Ohio Historical Society this summer to ensure the accuracy of information in the new update.