Our charming, one-of-a-kind senior living community is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building currently known as 10 Wilmington Place was originally built as a hospital in 1855. The State of Ohio successfully operated it until the 1970s, when there was no longer a need for it. The building sat vacant for several years, vulnerable to the curious and mischievous, as well as vagrants. In the early 1980s, Ohio developer Barry Humphries organized a group of investors to save the historic structure. Humphries often says it took the entire Dayton community to complete the massive renovation. City leaders, union leaders and members, and concerned citizens all came together to bring Humphries’ vision of an affordable and upscale retirement community to fruition. At the time, it was the largest historic renovation ever attempted in Ohio.
During the renovation, there were two major fires, one of which destroyed the dome over the main entrance. Despite the setbacks, the building was preserved as much as possible. Thankfully, much of the campus, previously known as Wilmington Woods, also remained unspoiled. The renovation was completed and 10 Wilmington Place Retirement Community opened in 1986. Initially, only Independent Living was offered, but over the years, nursing services were added in Assisted Living, followed by a specialized, secure Memory Care Center. Humphries has owned and operated 10 Wilmington Place continuously since its inception, and the Humphries/Williams family remain actively involved in the management of their family-owned business.