May 2009 - Vol. 23, No. 5
Kerri Broome, editor
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 Celebrate Preservation This Week!
 several great activities for you in Cleveland

Hanna Theatre "The Rebirth of the City: Preservation & Revitalization in Action," Heritage Ohio's 2009 preservation conference begins tomorrow, May 5. Most activities take place at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade. If you haven't already registered to attend, you can do so on-site at the Hyatt. The registration desk will be in the Lower Level of the Hyatt, just inside from the stairway vestibule.

It is not too late to sign up for this year's Celebration of Preservation awards ceremony at the Hanna Theatre (pictured above) on Wednesday, May 6, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Tickets are required for both members and non-members at $15 per person. You may pay at the door. This is a joint program of the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland.


 New CRS Site Identification and Logo
 did you see the big yellow-green sign?

New CRS Sign The Cleveland Restoration Society introduced its new graphic look in late April with the installation of a vibrant yellow-green sign and the organization's distinctive new logo. The sign, at the parking lot entrance to the Sarah Benedict House property, is clearly visible from both the east and west approaches. Our appreciation especially goes out to our Signage Task Force, headed by Bracy Lewis, Honorary Life Trustee, Kathy Barrie, Community Advisor, and the City of Cleveland Storefront Renovation Program. The new CRS logo features an abstraction inspired by one of the house's terracotta panels. Stop by and take a look!


 Two Churches Saved from Closing
 Bishop reconsiders initial decisions

St. Colman interior Saint Colman's (pictured here) and Saint Ignatius of Antioch will continue their missions of spiritual and social service to their neighborhoods after their pleas to Bishop Lennon persuaded him that they had viable plans and impressive local support to remain as vital parishes within the diocese. However, both must meet specific goals over the next several years to assure their futures. This is a heartening step that shows, at least in these instances, that a dialogue was established between the parishes and diocese that was constructive for both and for greater Cleveland as well. Learn more about these historic churches.


 Your Place Matters!
 start a conversation locally

In a National Preservation Month theme that builds upon the success of last year's preservation month, the National Trust for Historic Preservation wants your help in identifying those places about which you care deeply. These include places associated with your life and the lives of your parents and friends: the elementary school you attended, the hotel where you honeymooned, the local movie theater where you saw Tom Mix serials as a boy. This National Trust campaign is an online program to showcase the diverse places that matter to all of us.


 11 Most Endangered List Released
 22nd annual list

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2009 list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places: Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, CA; Miami Marine Stadium, FL; Mount Taylor, Grants, NM; Unity Temple, Oak Park, IL; Dorchester Academy, Midway, GA; The Manhattan Project's Enola Gay Hangar, Wendover Airfield, UT; Ames Shovel Shops, Easton, MA; Human Services Center, Yankton, SD; Memorial Bridge, Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME; Cast-Iron Architecture of Galveston, TX; and Lana'i City, Maui, HI.


 Federal Energy and Climate Change Proposal
 House Energy and Commerce Committee draft

A series of hearings has begun on the proposed American Clean Energy and Security Act. The National Trust is encouraging inclusion of its four-point energy proposal for older and historic structures and Rep. Peter Welch's (D-VT) Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) bill (HR 1778), which includes an incentive for retrofitting existing buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


 National Park Service Stimulus Funding
 distribution of $750M to nearly 800 projects

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Park Service has allocated funds that will preserve and protect national icons and historic landscapes, improve energy efficiency and renewable energy use, remediate abandoned mine lands and provide $15M in grants to protect and restore buildings at historically black colleges and universities.


 Experience History on Foot
 opportunities this spring and summer

The Historic Gateway Neighborhood, Historic Warehouse District, Ohio Canal Corridor and several other like-minded organizations are collaborating to provide walking tours throughout the late spring and summer. The Historic Gateway Neighborhood will host Thursday evening tours that start at 6:00 pm at the Arcade; the Historic Warehouse District tours will be on Saturdays starting at 10:00 am at Constantino's Market; and on Sunday at 10am, Canal to Harbor tours will begin at the Settler's Landing RTA Station, 1025 West Superior Avenue. Each tour lasts an hour to an hour and a half and admission is free.

May 1 through October 31 the Oberlin Heritage Center will hold its popular guided walking tour program. Three walks are offered: Tappan Square, Underground Railroad and Abolitionist History, and the Downtown Historic District. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is given by a trained docent who shares stories and historic photographs. The cost is $6 per person with advance paid reservation or $8 per person on the day of the tour ($1 discount for Oberlin Heritage Center members). Each walk is limited to no more than 20 people.


 In Their Path Update
 follow Joan Southgate's 250-mile walk

Speaking of travel by foot, track Joan Southgate's progress during her walk this month from St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, to Cleveland to raise money for the Cozad-Bates House restoration project. University Circle's website has information about this effort. The journey is expected to conclude at the Cozad-Bates House on May 30.


 Office Space for Rent
 convenient Midtown area

Sarah Benedict House The Garden level of the historic Sarah Benedict House (SBH) is available for rental on an annual basis. The 1,700 SF space consists of one large office area that will accommodate four persons, one private office, and a large work area. There is direct access from the street level. Restroom and storage space are located on the same level. All SBH tenants enjoy access to spacious first-floor meeting rooms, the lovely Volunteers Garden and more. Terms are negotiable. Interested parties should contact Felicia Hall.


 Job Opportunity

Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville, Ohio is looking to fill a full-time faculty position in its Building Preservation and Restoration Technology Department. This program has served as a national model for traditional trade's education and has attracted students throughout the country. The expected start date is September 1, 2009.


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

May 5
Exterior Painting for Your Older Home Medina Public Library, 210 S. Broadway, Medina, 7:00 pm
Cleveland Restoration Society
Medina Community Design Committee

May 5 - 7
"Rebirth of the City: Preservation & Revitalization in Action" Statewide Conference
Cleveland, $$$
Heritage Ohio

May 6
Museum Marauders: Integrated Preventative Pest Management
9:00 am - 4:30 pm, register, $$
Fenn Tower, Room 102, 1983 E 24th Street, Cleveland
Intermuseum Conservation Association
Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
Ohio Preservation Council

May 6
Celebration of Preservation
Hanna Theatre, Cleveland, 5:30 pm, $
Cleveland Restoration Society
AIA Cleveland

May 6
Making University Circle a Leading Green District
5:00 - 7:00 pm, RSVP to 216-231-1177
Cleveland Museum of Natural History

May 7
Green Building Operations and Maintenance Workshop
Gardner Trane Offices, 31200 Bainbridge Rd., Solon
8:30 am - 5:00 pm, registration required, $$$
Greater Cleveland Green Building Coalition

May 9
Tour of St. James and St. Ignatius of Antioch
St. James, 17514 Detroit, Lakewood, 10:00 am
St. Ignatius, 10205 Lorain, Cleveland, 12:00 pm
RSVP to 216-631-0557
Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America,
Ohio & Erie Chapter

May 9
Lecture & Walking Tour of Grant W. Deming's Forest Hill Allotment 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Reservations required
Meet at Superior School House
14391 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights
Reservations required, 216-320-1423
City of Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
Cleveland Heights Historical Society
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

May 11
Creating a New Story: From Crisis to Opportunity
Part of the "Beyond Foreclosure" series
Glickman-Miller Hall Atrium, 4:00 - 6:30 pm, register
1717 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

May 16-17
Flag Placement Weekend
Woodland Cemetery, beginning at 9:00 am
6901 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland
Woodland Cemetery Foundation

May 17
19th Annual Anna Dean Farm Walking Tour
248 E. Robinson Ave., Barberton, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Barberton Historical Society, 330-830-1444

May 17
Sharing and Preserving our Communities' History: Memories and Photos Lee Road Library, Cleveland Heights
Meeting rooms A & B, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Contact Amy Harmon, 216-932-3600, ext. 296
City of Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
Cleveland Heights Historical Society
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

May 17
Ohio City Home Tour
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, $ Tickets are available online
Ohio City Near West Development Corporation

May 21
"The Greenest Building is Already Built: Sustainability and Historic Preservation"
For Cleveland Heights residents
Superior Schoolhouse, 7:00 pm
14391 Superior Road at Euclid Heights Blvd.
RSVP 216-320-1423
City of Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
Cleveland Heights Historical Society
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

May 25
Memorial Day Service
Woodland Cemetery, 10:00 am
6901 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland
Woodland Cemetery Foundation

May 30
Celebration at Fir Street Cemetery
6015 Fir Avenue, Cleveland
Program: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, open house until 5:00 pm
For more information contact Jonathan Holody
Lorain to Fir Block Club
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
Park Synagogue

June 1 -3
Reclaiming Vacant Properties: Building Leadership to Restore Communities
Louisville, KY, registration is open, $$$
National Vacant Properties Campaign


 Save the Date!

June 4
Preservation of Sacred Artifacts: Care and Handling of Cultural Materials in Religious and Spiritual Institutions
The Msgr. Joseph Jessing Conference Center, Columbus
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, registration required, $$
Intermuseum Conservation Association

June 8
Restoring Prosperity to Cleveland Mini- Summit
The Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University
2000 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland
10:30 am - 4:15 pm, registration required
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

June 20
Tremont Trek Home Tour
5:30 - 10:30 pm, $$
Tremont West Development Corporation, 216- 575- 0920

June 27
Larchmere Flea Market & Festival
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Vendor Registration: 216-795-9800
Larchmere Merchants Association
Larchmere Community Association

July 15
Cleveland Restoration Society Annual Meeting
Sarah Benedict House, 9:00 am
3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland
Cleveland Restoration Society

July 15-18
33rd Annual Conference and Theatre Tour
Cleveland, registration is open
League of Historic American Theatres