May 2008 - Vol. 22, No. 5
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.

 In Memoriam: Robert C. Gaede
 celebration of life to be held tomorrow

Bob Gaede Cleveland has lost its "senior statesman" for historic preservation with the death of Bob Gaede on Wednesday, April 16. Bob dedicated his life to architecture, both new and old. Over a career that spanned six decades he became the voice for historic preservation in our region. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Church of the Western Reserve, 30500 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike. A celebration of life will follow at the Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.


 2008 Celebration of Preservation
 join us next Tuesday in Playhouse Square

Ohio Theatre The deadline to reserve your spot at the 2008 Celebration of Preservation has been extended! Join the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland on May 6 at the Ohio Theatre from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. for the first ever combined preservation awards program. Thirteen outstanding projects will be honored. The event is free to CRS, AIA Cleveland and AIA Akron members. RSVP and then come and join in the celebration!


 May is National Preservation Month
 show everyone that this place matters!

This Place Matters! Throughout this month people across the country will be celebrating National Preservation Month. To emphasize the 2008 theme, This Place Matters, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has created an online forum where people can share photos and stories about the places that matter to them. To participate download a "This Place Matters" sign here, snap a photo of people holding the sign in front of a building or place of particular personal significance, and then follow the simple instructions to post the photo back on the Trust's web site.


 Preservation Month Online Auction Open
 bid until 5/31

The 2008 National Preservation Online Auction is now open! The auction will run until May 31, with proceeds going toward the work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, saving the places that matter to you. Auction items range from exotic vacation get-aways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. Items come from state and local partners of the Trust as well as others who know the importance of sharing our heritage.


 Scholarships Available to the National Preservation Conference
 deadline for application is 5/31

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting applications for its Diversity Scholarship Program. The program provides financial assistance to approximately 60 community leaders to attend the National Preservation Conference, which will be held October 21 - 25 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Through presentations, interaction with other preservationists, and educational and field sessions, participants learn the necessary tools to strengthen their commitment to preserving historic places and revitalizing communities. Applications must be postmarked by May 31.


 The Trust Wants to Hear from You!
 share your experiences "greening your home"

"greening your home" The greenest house is the house already built. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't make your old house even more eco-friendly. Planning a green renovation in the next six to twelve months? The National Trust for Historic Preservation wants you to tell them a little about your home and your project and help them share the kind of information property owners need to make their homes and other buildings more energy efficient.


 20th Annual Ohio City Home Tour Scheduled
 tickets available now for 5/18 tour

Celebrate twenty years of the annual Ohio City Home Tour from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. This event will feature nine distinctive homes, many of which share rich histories with their neighborhood. Among the homes highlighted are the following:
  • A 140-year-old Italianate saved from demolition and transformed into a showplace residence with Ohio City's only in-ground swimming pool
  • A stately Victorian home featuring skylights, exposed brick fireplaces, and keepsakes and art gathered by the owners from around the world
  • A ca. 1886 structure boasting loads of original woodwork and a state-of-the-art tree house
  • An 1890s former boarding house that has been reborn with refinished oak floors, pocket doors and woodwork and a tranquil urban garden
Tickets for the tour are $15 if purchased before May 14 or $18 on the day of the event and can be purchased online or by calling 216-781-3222.


 Historic House Workshop Series Offered
 four classes in June and July

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens This summer the Cleveland Restoration Society is teaming up with Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and Progress Through Preservation in Akron to present a series of four Saturday morning workshops for owners of historic homes. Topics for the workshops include Maintenance and Efficiency, Exterior Painting, Landscaping, and a Contractor Discussion Panel. Each class includes a tour of the beautiful Stan Hywet property. The class dates are June 14, June 28, July 12, and July 26 and all classes will be held 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per session or $80 when registering for all four at once. To register contact Mark Heppner of Stan Hywet.


 News from the Sarah Benedict House

Sarah Benedict House and Garden You may have noticed in the picture accompanying the article about National Preservation Month above that the Sarah Benedict House is looking a little different these days. In the past week and marvelous system of scaffolding has been built around the entire house in anticipation of exterior work that will be completed this summer. Both big and small projects are planned for the Benedict House. We'll be completing extensive repairs to the decorative wood trim, soffits, fascia, and window sills, casing and trim. Rotted windows will be replaced with new custom-made wood units and all exterior wood trim will be painted. The slate roof and flat roof will be repaired, as will the copper gutters, and the paint on the wrought iron fence will be touched up. We'll also be implementing a signage plan that has been under development for the past few months. Artist Malcolm Cochran, whose work can be seen in the garden adjacent to the house, is currently designing new signage to complement the house and garden. So next time you're in the neighborhood, stop and take a look at what's happening. Better yet, bring your lunch and have an enjoyable respite in our beautiful garden!


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

May 3
Celebration of Life for Bob Gaede
Sarah Benedict House, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
Cleveland Restoration Society

May 3
All Aboard Ball
Akron-Fulton Airport, 6:00 p.m., $$$
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

May 6
Celebration of Preservation
Ohio Theatre, 5:30 p.m.
Free to members, RSVP to 216-426-1000
Cleveland Restoration Society
AIA Cleveland

May 6 -8
Heritage Ohio Annual Awards and Conference
Bowling Green, registration required, $$$
Heritage Ohio

May 9
"The Civilian Conservation Corps"
Happy Days Lodge, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., $
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association

May 12 - 14
'08 Economic Development Regional Conference
US Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration

May 13
2008 Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon Forum
Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., $$
Cleveland Theater District
Historic Gateway Neighborhood
Historic Warehouse District

May 14
"From Rust Belt to Artist Belt"
Cleveland State University
Glickman-Miller Hall, 1717 Euclid Avenue
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Registration required, $$
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

May 14
Groundbreaking of the Capitol Theatre
West 65th Street and Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, 4:00 p.m.
Contact Jennifer Spencer for more information
Gordon Square Arts District
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization

May 15
Arts Business and Innovation Awards
Park Lane Villa, 10510 Park Lane, Cleveland
6:00 - 9:00 p.m., registration required
COSE Arts Network

May 18
20th Annual Ohio City Home Tour
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., tickets discounted before 5/14, $$
Ohio City Near West Development Corporation

May 21
Talalay Lecture Series: The New Face of Architecture
Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre at ideastream
1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 6:00 p.m.
Register by calling 216-421-8671 ext. 21, $
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

May 28 - 31
11th US/ICOMOS International Symposium
Washington, DC, registration is open, $$$

May 29
Screening of "Blue Vinyl"
Akron Library, Main Branch, 6:30 p.m.
Free parking in the attached deck after 6:00 p.m.
West Hill Neighborhood Organization

May 29
"What's So Unique About Cleveland Heights Architecture and Why Should We Preserve it?"
Cleveland Heights Historical Center at Superior Schoolhouse
14391 Superior Road, 7:00 p.m.
Call 216-291-4878 to register
City of Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
The Cleveland Heights Historical Society

May 31
"Behind the Scenes" Tour of Heights High School
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Park in the lot off Washington Boulevard and meet under the east portico
Call 216-291-4878 to register
City of Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
The Cleveland Heights Historical Society


 Save the Date!

June 14
"Behind the Scenes" Tour of Cain Park
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., rain or shine
Park in the Taylor Academy parking lot, $
Call 216-291-4878 to register
City of Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
The Cleveland Heights Historical Society

June 20
First Regional Learning Network Session
Youngstown, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cleveland-Pittsburgh-Youngstown Learning Network

June 22
Fourth Annual Brooklyn Centre Riverside Cemetery Garden Tour
3607 Pearl Road, Cleveland
1:00 - 5:00 p.m., advance tickets available, $
Contact Gloria Ferris, 216-351-0254

June 25
Cozad-Bates House Historic Marker Dedication Ceremony
11508 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 3:00 p.m.
University Circle Inc.

July 26
Celebration of Heritage
CRS's 2008 benefit will shine the spotlight on Cleveland's Central neighborhood and include visits to St. John A.M.E. Church and Emeritus House, home of the Phillis Wheatley Association. More information will follow soon!


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