June 2009 - Vol. 23, No. 6
Kerri Broome, editor
In This Issue

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 Oberlin Joins Heritage Partner Network
 services now available to property owners, city

Oberlin house CRS is pleased to announce that the Heritage Home Program is now available in Oberlin! We have been working with the Lorain County Preservation Network and the Oberlin Heritage Center for years to expand this program west of Cuyahoga County. This initiative is also supported by our partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, "Partners in the Field." Oberlin is the first community in Lorain County to participate. The city has a permanent population of about 5,000 residents and has approximately 1,500 housing units that meet the program's age criteria. Oberlin is only one of two cities in the state of Ohio to be named as a "Dozen Distinctive Destination" by the National Trust. We are excited to be working here and we hope to add more Lorain County communities to the program in the future.


 Celebration of Preservation 2009
 13 wonderful projects recognized

C. R. Howard House The Hanna Theatre, which received this year's Excellence in Preservation Award, was a particularly fitting location for this year's ceremonies, sponsored by CRS and AIA Cleveland, with the cooperation of AIA Akron. Approximately 150 persons attended to celebrate and participate in presentations to thirteen individuals and organizations whose achievements in historic preservation over the past year were recognized. The award winners are: Haynes Firestone & the Point Building; Davenport-Francis Residence; Chuck's Place; C. R. Howard House (shown here); Case Western Reserve Alumni House; Plymouth Church; Fund for the Future of Shaker Heights & Winslow Road Preservation; City of Lakewood, Lakewood Historical Society & Downtown Lakewood; Wade Chateau Apartments; Higbee Building; Hanna Theatre; Carothers-Kaminsky Residence; and Langston Hughes Center.


 "Green" Legislation Introduced
 new incentives for energy efficiency

HR 2336, titled "The Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods Act," was introduced by Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO) on May 7, 2009. The bill, which has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services, provides incentives to lenders and financial institutions to offer lower interest loans and other benefits to consumers who build, buy, or remodel their homes to make them more energy efficient.


 Notable Publication
 Trust's Forum Journal

If you are interested in learning more about the interaction of historic preservation and sustainability, get your hands on the latest Forum Journal from the National Trust. The spring 2009 issue, titled "Positioning Preservation in a Green World," explores the relationship and implications of preservation and the green movement. Of the seven articles, three seem of particular interest: 'The Secretary's Standards and LEED: Where They Work Together and Where They Diverge', 'Historic Preservation and LEED for Neighborhood Development' and 'Going Green: Applying a Sustainability Lens to Historic District Guidelines'.


 Historic Preservation and the Global Economic Crisis
 Heritage Ohio Conference keynote speech

At this year's Heritage Ohio Conference in Cleveland, Donovan Rypkema gave a detailed and persuasive talk on the effectiveness of historic preservation as a strategy for revitalizing and transforming the American economy through the current difficult times and well into the future. Copies are available online.


 Scholarship Applications Taken Now
 attend the national preservation conference

The Diversity Scholars Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting applications for the 2009 Diversity Scholars. Selected candidates will receive a scholarship to attend the National Preservation Conference, taking place October 13-17, 2009 in Nashville, TN. Ideal candidates are community leaders from diverse social, economic, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The stipend covers registration and hotel accommodations for award recipients. The deadline for submitting applications is June 15, 2009.


 CAF Celebrates 25 Years
 special events planned

Hale House This summer Cleveland Artists Foundation will be kick off a series of social events in celebration of its 25th anniversary year. Known as "Silver Sundays," these events will take place at numerous venues around Northeastern Ohio and tickets will be offered at multiple, affordable price points. The first event, Cleveland Goes Modern II, will be held on June 28 and will include tours of four modern residences by architects George Dalton and William Morris (designer of Hale House, shown here), who will be present. Check the CAF web site to buy tickets or for information on additional Silver Sunday events.


 Akron Schoolhouse to be Restored
 local nonprofit leading project

PTP Schoolhouse Akron-based Progress Through Preservation announced in April plans to restore a one-room schoolhouse on the grounds of Judy Bear Isroff Park. The ca. 1870 schoolhouse will be used as a headquarters for the organization and will provide a gathering place for events and other activities. The group plans to hire Architectural Restoration and Renovation Consultants Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of the historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, to oversee the work. Mark Gilles, who heads the company and is a member of PTP, kicked off the restoration efforts at an April 14 news conference with a symbolic removal of a portion of the crumbling, original building siding.


 Job Opportunity

Preservation Buffalo Niagara, a local partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is looking for an executive director to direct a four person staff, coordinate a strategic planning process, direct and develop programs, and prepare Buffalo as a showcase for the National Trust's 2011 conference, among other duties. A foundation grant will support the director's salary for the first three years. To apply send a cover letter and resume to landmarksociety@gmail.com or 617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14201.


 2009 Benefit Update
 auction items being accepted now

Baldwin Water Plant We are continuing to gather items to auction for our October benefit, to be held at the Baldwin Water Works in Shaker Heights in October. If you have an item or service that you would like to donation, please download this form and return it to Felicia Hall at 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Contact Felicia with any questions at 216-426-3110.


 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.


 Herrick Mews SNOOP!
 CRS members can tour historic district

Herrick Mews Join your fellow members of the Cleveland Restoration Society on Saturday, June 13 from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon for a SNOOP! of one of the most unique historic districts around: Herrick Mews, and its new neighbor, Kenilworth Mews. Herrick Mews is a somewhat hidden lane, on the top of Cedar Hill in Cleveland Heights, between Cedar and Edgehill Roads. The term "mews" is British, referring to grouping of service buildings associated with large estates. Herrick Mews is a charming assemblage of carriage houses and former servants' quarters that form a very special enclave. In its day, impressive homes lined "The Overlook" - a prime location with a distant view of Lake Erie. Today only one of those homes remains. The Mews is now a prime example of preservation and adaptive reuse in action - with carriage houses and stables given new life through creativity and ingenuity. You'll see how contemporary architects distilled the arts and crafts style into brand new housing that combines the best of the old with the convenience of the new. As always, our SNOOP! is free for CRS members. RSVP to Ted Sande at 216-426-3103.


 Saturdays at the Schoolhouse in Oberlin
 fun for all ages

This summer children and their families will enjoy a chance to combine old-fashioned learning and family fun in Oberlin's pioneer-era one-room schoolhouse located on the grounds of the Oberlin Heritage Center. "Saturdays at the Schoolhouse" will be offered every Saturday afternoon June through August, except for July 4, from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. The Heritage Center will offer a variety of free activities for guests young and old in a "drop-in" style format. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors can explore the building, take part in historic school lessons, and play games.


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

June 3
Navigating Choppy Waters: What Retailers, Developers and Communities are Doing to Survive the Credit Crunch
Cleveland Botanical Garden, 2:30 - 5:15 pm
11030 East Blvd., Cleveland
Registration required, $$
International Council of Shopping Centers

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 4
Archwood Street Fair
Archwood Ave. between Pearl and Fulton, Cleveland
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Brooklyn Centre Community 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 9
University Circle RTA Station Design Presentation
Cleveland Heights Community Center, 7:00 pm
One Monticello Blvd. at Mayfield Rd.
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

June 10
"Credit, Capital and Community Building in Transitional Times"
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Registration required, $$
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

June 11
Proposed Commuter Rail Line Meeting
St. Rose of Lima Church Hall, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
11411 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
All Aboard Ohio
Ohio City Near West Development Corporation

June 13
Herrick Mews SNOOP!
Cleveland Heights, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
RSVP, FREE to CRS members
Cleveland Restoration Society

June 14
Ohio Historical Marker Dedication
Woodland Cemetery, 1:00 pm
6901 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland
Woodland Cemetery Foundation

June 17
Proposed Commuter Rail Line Meeting Castele Learning Center at Lutheran Hospital, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
1730 West 25th St., Cleveland
All Aboard Ohio
Ohio City Near West Development Corporation

June 20
Spring Clean-up
Woodland Cemetery, 10:00 am
6901 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland
Woodland Cemetery Foundation

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

June 24
Proposed Commuter Rail Line Meeting
St. Colman Catholic Church, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
2027 West 65th Street, Cleveland
All Aboard Ohio
Ohio City Near West Development Corporation

June 24
Maintaining Your Older Home"
Elyria Police Dept., 18 West Ave., 7:00 pm
Cleveland Restoration Society
Lorain County Preservation Network
Elyria Landmarks Commission

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

June 28
Cleveland Goes Modern II
Hour tours and brunch, $$
Cleveland Artists Foundation


 Save the Date!

July 11
Pilgrim Congregrational UCC: "A Gem in the City"
2592 W. 14th St., Cleveland, 10:30 am
Pilgrim Congregational UCC

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