The History of the Davis-Shai House

Continue to see a timeline of the history from 1861 to present.

Timeline at a Glance

1861 – Built by Jackson Davis along the Ohio and Erie Canal

1945 – Purchased at sheriff sale by Dr. Joseph Park Shai
1960 – Deed transferred to Dr. Joseph Park Shai II
1995 – Estate sold for development and the house was donated to the City of Heath

1996 – Moved to its present location on April 16

1997 – First historic event hosted on July 3 with burial of a time capsule

1999 – A $500,000 State Capital Improvement Grant received by the City of Heath transformed the home into a cultural center

2000 – Davis-Shai House proclaimed a historical landmark

2000 – Heath Community Arts Council formed to manage the facility and conduct fundraising

2001 – Dedication ceremonies were held on September 21 and September 22

2001 – Davis-Shai House received the Ohio Parks and Recreation Outstanding Facility Award

2002 – Davis-Shai House received the Downtown Ohio Inc, Heritage OHIO Preservation and Revitalization Award

2006 – Five Star Celebration attended by 160 people commemorated the 5 year anniversary of the Davis-Shai House

2006 – A $300,000 State Capital Improvement Grant received by the Heath Community Arts Council paved the way for expansion of the facility

2008 – Two ordinances passed by the City of Heath to meet legal requirements for expansion and to ensure the Davis-Shai House would operate as a Cultural Center until 2033

2008 – A $725,000 State Capital Improvement Grant received by the Heath Community Arts Council for the expansion

2008 – Launched Davis-Shai House website

2009 – $1.6 million expansion of the Davis-Shai House began in late summer

2010 – Won the $250,000 national Pepsi Refresh Everything grant and planted phase 1 of the Legacy Garden

2010 – Grand re-opening celebration held September 17-18

2011 – Tornado damaged the west side historic second floor

2015 – First annual Heath Oktoberfest held as a fundraiser for the Heath Community Arts Council


Heath Community Arts Council

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Davis-Shai House                           Office: (740) 788-8942     
301 Central Parkway                      Fax: (740) 788-9669                            Facebook
Heath, Ohio 43056                                                                                      Twitter


General business hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Rental Days: Monday – Saturday

Closed Holidays

The Davis-Shai House is a Non-Smoking facility

Handicap Accessible – We offer various locations for handicap parking and entrance.

Mission Statement

The Davis-Shai House is in existence to foster community enrichment by cultivating the arts, supporting the enhancement of public parks and green space, and promoting public health: by managing the Davis–Shai House as a center for the arts; preserving and promoting the historical significance of the area through entertainment and education; and providing quality leisure time opportunities for the community without gain or profit to any individual or group of individuals.