Giving back to community; respect for the past; beautification; restoration. These are the passions of famed jewelry designer, Renee Lewis.
Lewis grew up in rural Ohio; Columbiana County specifically. A county steeped in history, though sadly, history that is not always advocated or appreciated. Luckily, Lewis appreciates the past and the beauty of what once was.
Known for working with antique gems and the creator of “Shake” jewelry sold through Barneys New York, and now Saks Fifth Avenue, Lewis loves her New York life, but also comes home often to the Ohio landscape of her youth.
Ohio means family. Ohio is her roots. And being surrounded by all the glitter of her work and her New York lifestyle, Lewis realized her Ohio home had a different kind of sparkle. It just needed a bit of polish.
Actually, a great deal of polish. There was a gem of a building; the Hamilton Building in Lisbon, Ohio, (a small town where Lewis spent several years of her childhood) that was in need of rescuing. The oldest brick building in Ohio, the structure was built by Jacob Picking in 1803 as a hotel and inn. It was once the law office of Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. It is believed Lewis and Clark stayed at the Hamilton before beginning their exploration of the American West.