January 2008 - Vol. 22, No. 1
Kerri Broome, editor
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The Cleveland Restoration Society brings you breaking news about local, state, and national preservation issues, up-to-the-minute information about advocacy efforts, and a calendar of events.

 Call for 2008 Preservation Award Nominations
 CRS and AIA Cleveland to combine programs in 2008

Submissions are now being accepted to honor outstanding historic preservation projects in Northeast Ohio. On May 8, 2008 the Cleveland Restoration Society and the American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter will join together to host the Celebration of Preservation and present annual preservation awards. In previous years, each organization held its own program with similar goals of recognizing exemplary projects and individuals who have made a significant, positive impact in the revitalization of Northeast Ohio through Historic Preservation. Eligible projects must be located within Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, or Summit County, have been completed according to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation, and be in service by February 15, 2008. Nomination forms must be submitted by February 15.


 National Preservation Award Submissions Due
 deadline for nominations is March 1

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations for it annual awards, which are presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation. The deadline for nominations is March 1. Award recipients will be notified no later than August 1 and the award announcements and presentations will be made at a special ceremony during the National Preservation Conference in October. Nomination forms are available from the National Trust.


 Two Steeples Illuminated
 new beacons of hope in Cleveland

St. Michael's Exterior lighting projects at two Cleveland churches, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 3114 Scranton Road, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2021 East 22nd Street at Euclid Avenue, were completed in December through the Cleveland Restoration Society's Sacred Landmarks Assistance Program. St. Michael's (pictured left) was designed by Adolph Druiding and dedicated in 1892. Rising to 232 feet, the main spire of St. Michael's is an orientation point visible for miles. CRS awarded a grant of $32,000 to the church to pay for repairs and lighting. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, designed by Charles Schweinfurth and consecrated in 1907, was illuminated several years ago but many of the fixtures had begun to fail. CRS awarded Trinity a grant of $17,750 to pay for a new lighting design and minor but necessary repairs.


 Increased Federal Funding for Preservation
 congressional budget bill signed into law

The Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, signed by the President on December 26, 2007, includes increases in funding for historic preservation related activities:
  • State Historic Preservation Offices receive $39.4 million ($2.2 million increase over 2007)
  • Tribal Historic Preservation Offices receive $6.4 million ($953,000 increase over 2007)
  • Save America's Treasures receives $25 million ($16.6 million increase over 2007)
  • Preserve America receives $7.5 million ($2.5 million increase over 2007)


 Trust Launches new Sustainability Initiative
 preservation's role in combating climate change

Lincoln Cottage Visitors Center The National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched a Sustainability Initiative to advocate for new policies and gather data on rehabilitation and reuse of buildings. The program was announced by National Trust President Richard Moe on December 13, 2007, in his acceptance speech for the National Building Museum's prestigious Vincent Scully Prize. The National Trust is also integrating environmentally sound practices in the operation of its historic sites, such as the LEED certified Robert H. Smith Visitors Education Center at President Lincoln's Cottage (pictured above), opening in February. The new Sustainability Initiative recognizes that in order to solve our environmental problems, we must make better, wiser use of what we've already built.


 Architecture and Design Books Needed
 donate now to help Cleveland high school students

John Hay High School The Cleveland School of Architecture & Design (CSAD), located at the historic John Hay HighSchool campus, is looking for books on architecture and design to fill its library and provide more resources to its students. A collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Municipal School District, CSAD is an interdisciplinary arts-based high school where students learn through an arts-integrated teaching methodology and cover architectural history, particularly as it relates to community architecture. Send your contributions to Tianna Maxey, Small School Leader, School of Architecture & Design, John Hay Campus, 2075 Stokes Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106.


 Historic Wood Roller Coaster for Sale
 Big Dipper threatened

Big Dipper With the closing of Geauga Lake amusement park in Aurora in 2007, the fate of the Big Dipper roller coaster, built in 1925, is uncertain. The last of thirteen wood roller coasters designed by John Miller, the Big Dipper is for sale, along with the entire 500-acre Geauga Lake site. In September owner Cedar Fair Entertainment Company announced plans to sell Geauga Lake's rides and turn the property into a water park. Senator Sherrod Brown has asked Cedar Fair to look for ways to keep the Big Dipper in Aurora, perhaps by including it as part of a mixed-use retail and amusement complex or as part of a classic amusement park museum. American Coaster Enthusiasts, a thirty-year-old group based in Zanesville, Ohio, is struggling to find a developer to build stores and restaurants around the Big Dipper. The group has rescued almost fifty endangered amusement park rides in the past and is considering buying the property.


 New Book Highlights Barberton Lore
 sales benefit preservation activities

The Barberton Historical Society is pleased to announce the release of its newest book, Ghosts of the Magic City. Written by the Society's president Steve Kelleher, this book looks at Barberton ghost legends and is illustrated with many unusual photos of historic Barberton. Ghosts of the Magic City is available in Barberton at Snowball Books, West End Hardware, the Barberton Chamber of Commerce and the Barberton Herald or it can be ordered online. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to help preserve Barberton's historic structures. Contact the Barberton Historical Society at 330-830-1444 for more information.


 Funding Available for Historic Interiors
 deadline is February 1

The National Trust's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors is seeking grant nominations. The Mitchell Fund assists in the preservation, restoration and interpretation of historic interiors by supporting project planning activities, workshops, conferences, and educational programs. Paint analysis, conservation of textiles, historic furnishing plans, and fundraising plans are all eligible for the award, but new project types are welcome. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies may apply. Individuals and for-profit businesses may also apply if the project for which funding is requested involves a National Historic Landmark. Applications must be postmarked by February 1.


 Summer Internship Applications Due
 February application deadlines

'Tis the season for budding historic preservationists to apply for summer internships. The National Center for Preservation Technology & Training in Louisiana has positions for undergraduate and graduate students to work applying technology to the preservation of cultural resources in architecture and engineering, archeology and collections, heritage education, historic landscapes, and materials conservation. Deadline for applications is February 1. Contact Jason Church at (318) 356-7444 for more information.

The Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey, are looking for student architects, landscape architects, historians, and engineers to document historic sites and structures of architectural, engineering, and landscape significance. Applications must be postmarked by February 4.

The Historic American Engineering Record and the Council of American Maritime Museums are also offering the Maritime Documentation Internship 2008 for a student or recent graduate of an architecture or history program interested in maritime preservation to work on a HAER maritime documentation project. Applications must be postmarked by February 1.


 News from the Sarah Benedict House
 fulfill your 2008 resolution to volunteer

Want to get more involved in the Cleveland Restoration Society? The Advocacy & Public Policy Committee is looking for a few new members to help lead, build relationships, educate, influence and work with others in fostering the goals of historic preservation in Northeast Ohio. The committee meets once a month during the lunch hour at the Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland. Contact Deanna Bremer Fisher at 216-426-3111 for more information.


 Calendar of Events
 what to do, where to do it, and when to go

January 9
The Intersection of Art and Technology
Westfield Insurance Theater at Playhouse Square
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., register, $
COSE Arts Network

January 12
SNOOP! of Whitney Stained Glass Studio
10:00 a.m., RSVP to Erin Dorsey
Cleveland Restoration Society, 216-426-3103

January 23
New Members Reception
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect, Cleveland
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., RSVP to Pam Petrowski
Cleveland Restoration Society, 216-426-1000

February 2
"Textiles: From Household Goods to Museum Artifacts" Workshop
2915 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., register by 1/15, $$
Intermuseum Conservation Association

February 6
Communities of Choice: Green Neighborhoods
Keynote by Tom Hicks, Vice President of LEED,
U.S. Green Building Council
4:00-6:00 p.m., Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University, Glickman-Miller Hall, Atrium

February 7-8
Historic Tax Credit Developer's Conference
St. Pete Beach, FL, discounted registration by 1/8, $$$
Nixon Peabody and the Reznick Group

February 7-9
"Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities"
Washington, DC, Register by 1/25, $$$
New Partners for Smart Growth Conference


 Save the Date!

February 23
SNOOP! of Variety Theatre
10:00 a.m., RSVP to Erin Dorsey
Cleveland Restoration Society, 216-426-3103

March 10-11
"Beyond the Velvet Ropes: Successful House Museums for the 21st Century"
Wausau, Wisconsin
National Trust for Historic Preservation



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