measures to prevent further building degradation including: roofing replacement, structural
repairs, interiors, walls cracks, re-pointing stone, mechanical and electrical upgrades, replacement of
broken or missing building features, window and doors, alarm systems, security closures, and
preparations for ADA accessibility. All measures will remain as permanent building features.
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Local citizens today still commonly refer to the vacant building as the 'Y'. Many of the original Summit Street YWCA 'Y-Teen' participants live today and recall the advancements accomplished there. There the diversity of innovative programs invented and administered from within the original building allowed women citizens of Dayton to eliminate racial desegregation during the early 1950s by 'sharing good ideas'. In this way the building represents hallowed ground. Today the 'good ideas' require a current platform.
The Early Visions Purpose Center will represent a nostalgic re-awakening while providing this platform to expose women's history and Women's issues for those that find themselves underserved within their own community. Most importantly the Early Visions Non-Profit Organization will implement community programs as defined by community resident girls and young women yet tempered with an inter-generational purview and mentorship. Early Visions Corporate President, Ms. Elizabeth Early cites a 'Summit Street Y' tradition referred to as 'tea-stitch', wherein women of the West Side Y historically 'stitched' themselves together over tea, to unite the community with culture and pride which points to the main community benefit of the Purpose Center.
Women today can still reinforce concepts of self-worth, self-awareness, self esteem, self confidence, and self respect, as they are confronted with a myriad of issues such as lack of employment, home ownership, mental health, and gun violence. The Early Visions purpose center will provide a security blanket by sowing and connecting ideas, dreams, and talents as the current community of Dayton women and girls learn to stitch together their personal environment from within. The Early Visions Purpose Center will serve as the vessel for their visions and identities with an acknowledged purpose.
First, the building will maintain its listing on the National Register of Historic Places
(SHPO approved September 20, 2019) and will thereby serve to diminish the enigma
concerning Women's history generally. In this light, the National Trust for Historic
Preservation indicates that nationwide only 3% of preservation projects represent
women's history. Renovation work shall be performed in accordance with the Secretary of
the Interior standards administered by the National Park Service. Thereby, the buildings
continued listing as a national asset will consistently acknowledge African American
Women's social history especially as combined with the building's architectural significance
concerning Dayton's indigenous limestone.
Another measure of success will be the number of new and unique ideas and programs not currently available to Dayton women as well as the number of participants in each program. This will advance the concept that women's work is at the core of American society.
The Early Visions Purpose Center will showcase tourism as a national and international destination. A final measure of success will be the number of visitors viewing Historic photographic collections and original murals portraying the activities and programs of the original women and girls. Visitors may couple an overnight stay within the original 'Y' dorm rooms as they contemplate these collections. This resource will compliment the tourism aspects of the adjacent National Aviation Heritage Trail and Dunbar Historic Districts as it becomes a welcome asset for future developments within the Wright Dunbar historical neighborhood.