January 2010 - Vol. 24, No. 1
Kerri Broome, editor
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 Rightsizing Shrinking Cities
 Richard Moe addresses issue

Cleveland Skyline On January 3 Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, presented a column in the Plain Dealer on dealing with population loss and the "complicated process of shrinking a city." Read the full column here.


 National Preservation Award Nominations
 now being accepted

The National Trust for Historic Preservation invites you to nominate a deserving individual, organization, agency, or project for a 2010 National Preservation Award. The postmark deadline for all award nominations is March 1. You can download the nomination brochure from the Trust's website, but you must submit it by mail.


 Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awards Announced
 round three has three projects in NEO

Apollo Theater Governor Ted Strickland and Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel on December 10, 2009 announced 12 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit awards to owners planning to rehabilitate historic buildings throughout the state. Projects located in Greater Cleveland include:

1305 Euclid Project (Cowell & Hubbard Building)
Total estimated project expenditures: $8 million
Estimated qualified rehabilitation expenditures: $6.4 million
Total value of credit: $1.6 million

The rehabilitation of the 1305 Euclid building and arrival of its first tenant, Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, marks the pivotal starting point for the District of Design at Playhouse Square. As part of the Euclid Avenue Retail Plan and District of Design Initiative, this 'shovel ready' project is considered a major catalyst to attracting future design firms, retailers and restaurateurs to downtown Cleveland. The District of Design is a node on The Euclid Corridor, which connects Public Square, Cleveland's financial center, with University Circle, Cleveland's cultural hub. The proposed rehabilitation will preserve and restore significant exterior and interior features of the historic Cowell and Hubbard Building while augmenting secondary spaces to incorporate new uses while maintaining the historic mezzanine, grand staircase and vault. The first floor will serve as retail and/or restaurant space and offices will occupy the mezzanine level.

Apollo Theatre
Total estimated project expenditures: $9 million
Estimated qualified rehabilitation expenditures: $8 million
Total value of credit: $2 million

The Apollo Theatre is an early 20th century movie theater that has serviced for years as the only commercial theater operation showing first and second run pictures in the Oberlin area. The theater will be renovated to create a mixed-use space for movies, live performances, Cinema Studies academic programs from Oberlin College and a 21st century media education center. In its new role, the Apollo Theatre will be a major community attraction, further escalating the ability of the City of Oberlin to attract new residents and businesses.

ASM Headquarters & Geodesic Dome
Russell Township
Total estimated project expenditures: $5.8 million
Estimated qualified rehabilitation expenditures: $5.5 million
Total value of credit: $1,388,496

Home to the headquarters of ASM International, this structure is surrounded by the world's largest open- work geodesic dome. The headquarters building, which is semi-circular in shape and aligned with the western perimeter of the dome, is 50,000 square feet. The open air space dome is of exceptional architectural detail, consisting of 65,000 pieces of extruded aluminum tubes and rods. The dome rises 103 feet above the ground and stretches 274 feet across. The renovation will ensure that ASM continues to be a part of Ohio's future in technological leadership in manufacturing and the sciences.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered by the Ohio Department of Development's Urban Development Division with assistance provided by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Department of Taxation.


 New Markets Tax Credits for CIA
 McCullough Center to be rehabbed and expanded

Joseph McCullough Building National New Markets Fund LLC, a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) fund created by Los Angeles-based Strategic Development Solutions and Boston-based Economic Innovation International Inc., has closed $13 million in NMTC allocation to help redevelop the Cleveland Institute of Art's historic Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts into a state-of-the-art facility. Located in University Circle, the 168,000 square foot building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was built by Ford Motor Company in 1913 as a Model T assembly plant and was acquired by the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1981. The $32 million McCullough Center project will restore many of the building's historic features while making the building a showcase for the latest innovations in green building techniques. It is designed to meet Silver LEED Certification. When complete, the $32 million project will permit enrollment to expand up to 20 percent above the current 500 students per year.


 LaSalle Theater Open House
 tour the 1927 theater and discuss ways to reuse it

LaSalle Theater Cleveland's Northeast Shores Community Development Corporation invites you to an open house at the LaSalle Theater on E. 185th Street Monday, January 11 at 6:30 pm. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes to take a look around this neighborhood landmark, which has much potential but currently no heat. It also wouldn't hurt to bring your own flashlight to see some areas of the building that do not have working lights. Immediately following the open house there will be a visioning session for reuse of the LaSalle at the Federated Auto Parts training room, immediately adjacent to the theater, with refreshments. RSVP to jboksansky@northeastshores.org or call (216) 481- 7660.


 Lakewood Protects Historic Interiors
 amends preservation ordinance

Hilliard Theater interior In December Lakewood City Council unanimously voted to adopt the amendments to Lakewood's historic preservation ordinance, extending its protections to the interiors of historically and architecturally significant structures. Lakewood joins Columbus as one of the very few municipalities in Ohio to protect interiors.

The Hilliard Square Theatre (photo above by Michael Fleenor), 16200 Hilliard Boulevard, is a building with a significant interior which could be protected through Lakewood's revised preservation ordinance. Designed by Braverman & Havermaet and finished in 1926, the interior is an atmospheric auditorium, with wall and ceiling decoration intended to place patrons in an outdoor courtyard setting. There is both painted plaster and tilework. The theater has been closed for a number of years and is currently used for storage. Both the City and Lakewood Historical Society have worked to help plan for the theater's stabilization and potential rehab.


 Oberlin Leader Appointed to National Position
 will serve five-year term

Patricia Murphy The American Association of Museums has announced the appointment of the Oberlin Heritage Center Executive Director Patricia Murphy to serve on its nine-member Accreditation Commission for a five-year term. The Washington, DC-based commission is responsible for rendering decisions regarding accreditation status for all museums. Commissioners are senior museum professionals with significant experience in all aspects of museum management and operations. Pat has been with the Oberlin Heritage Center since 1993 and led the work to obtain museum accreditation for the center, which was achieved in 2005. She has served as a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums for five years. Congratulations on this appointment!


 Where is Benedict?
 be the first to give his correct location and win!

Benedict January With the new year the Cleveland Restoration Society is beginning our new membership promotion featuring Benedict the Owl. All year long Benedict will be traveling around the city visiting interesting landmarks. If you are the first Perspectives reader to tell us where Benedict is this month, you will receive a complimentary twelve-month CRS membership. So, let's get the party started - can you figure out the Cleveland landmark located behind Benedict on this snowy January day? If so, submit your answer now. Good luck!


 Craftsman Style Oak Entry Door Available

Craftsman Door Are you looking for a ca.1920 entry door to complete the restoration of your historic Foursquare or Bungalow? This fine example may be just the right style and size! The door is finished in an oak veneer over a hardwood substrate. It features an original Chicago Style lockset including a "Pexto" brand deadbolt lock and three hinges with ball steeple pins in an antique copper finish. While the door is structurally sound, there are several small areas along the bottom stile that require veneer re-gluing. The older exterior varnished finish could be cleaned and restored. The interior surface has been painted white but could be stripped to reveal the oak veneer below. Nine beveled glass lights create the textbook "Craftsman" look and are in very good condition, free from chips and cracks. The door measures 1 6/8" thick, 35 5/8" wide, and 79 1/8" high. Suggested donation is $150. Contact Kerry Adams at 216-426-3101 if you would like more information.


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

January 11
LaSalle Theater Open House
823 E. 185 St., Cleveland, 6:30 pm
RSVP to jboksansky@northeastshores.org or 216-481-7660
Northeast Shores Community Development Corporation

January 15
Arts and Cultural Roundtable
"Cuyahoga County Reform"
Cleveland Public Theatre's Gordon Square Theater, 8:30 am
6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, register
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

January 19
"Oberlin Heritage Center Goes Modern" Architecture Program
Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium, 7:15 pm
Presentation by Anthony Hiti, AIA based on the Cleveland Goes Modern exhibit
Oberlin Heritage Center

January 20
Cudell Improvement 35th Annual Meeting
Brennan's Party Center, 13000 Triskett Rd., Cleveland
Keynote by Judge Raymond L. Pianka, 6:45 pm
Cudell Improvement, Inc.

January 21
"Green Historic Preservation Symposium"
Indianapolis, free but registration is required

January 30
"The American Home Interior: Treatment and Transformation"
Workshop for CRS Members, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
RSVP to Felicia Hall
Cleveland Restoration Society