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Miami president's home to receive Oxford historic marker

09/21/2012

Written by Emily Seiders, news and public information intern

Lewis Place was built in 1839 and has been home to Miami presidents since 1903.
Lewis Place was built in 1839 and has been home to Miami presidents since 1903.
The City of Oxford Historic and Architectural Preservation Commission (HAPC) will award a historic marker to Lewis Place at a ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Oxford Community Arts Center.

The white columned house on East High Street was built in 1839 and has been home to Miami presidents, including current president David Hodge, and their families since 1903.

Lewis Place underwent a large modernization and restoration project during the first year of Hodge’s presidency, and the president and his wife became its residents in June 2007.

“We consider ourselves to be caretakers of [Lewis Place's] legacy and the memories that it holds for all alums,” Valerie Hodge explained.

“Without a doubt, some of our favorite moments are those when people…arrive and exclaim about how beautiful it is, and how “Miami” it is, and for those alums who have been in the house before, for them to feel as if they are coming home,” she said.

Lewis Place is one of four historic sites in Oxford that will receive a bronze marker in this year’s annual Historic Marker Ceremony. The marker program began in 2009, and nine other Oxford properties were granted markers in previous years.

The City of Oxford describes the marker program and ceremony as a local recognition of the city’s “hidden gems.” Applicants for eligible historic properties must submit a complete history of the property to the program and justify the site’s historical significance.

The Sept. 27 ceremony is open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and Jody Robinson, assistant city manager and Main Street manager of Bellevue, Ky., will speak at the event.

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