Henry Penttila

Henry (Heikki) Penttila was the first Fairport Harding student to win the State of Ohio Gold Key Art Award. In 1972 he received his Architectural Degree from Kent State University. He was a Registered Architect (RA) in the State of Ohio and won design awards in the cities of Cleveland Heights, Mentor and from the Cleveland Builders’ Exchange. Heikki designed the handicapped accessibility improvements and new entry for the Fairport Harbor Library and high school. Heikki also designed and renovated the Finnish Heritage Museum in the former Fairport Harbor Village hall/fire department building. Heikki served as the president of the Finnish Heritage Museum. In Chardon, Heikki designed the Church of St. Mary and attached school and library, the Residence of Chardon Assisted Living Center and the Green House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. When the Hall of Fame was established on 2004, Heikki was honored as its first inductee.