February 2010 - Vol. 24, No. 2
Kerri Broome, editor
In This Issue

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 Award Nominations Due
 deadline is 3/1

Langston Hughes Center Nomination are now being accepted for the 2010 Preservation Awards, presented by the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland. These awards will be given at the Celebration of Preservation, to be held Thursday, May 20 at the Hanna Theatre in Playhouse Square. Nomination forms are available online. This document opens in Microsoft Word. Please save it to your computer in order to fill it out and submit it. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 pm, March 1. Contact Michael Fleenor for more information.

Pictured above is the Langston Hughes Center in Cleveland, the winner of the Honor Award for Preservation Achievement at the 2009 Celebration of Preservation. CRS members can SNOOP! around the center on February 27 at 10:00 am. Contact Felicia Hall for more details.


 National Trust Call for Nominations
 deadline is 3/1

Do you know a preservation leader, agency, or project that deserves a high level of commendation? Nominate them for a National Preservation Award! Five categories of awards are presented every year during the Trust's fall conference, which will be held this year in Austin, Texas. See last year's award winners and download this year's nomination brochure here. The nomination form can be completed electronically, but must be submitted by mail. The deadline for submissions is March 1.


 Federal Preservation Funding Slashed
 budget just released

In a shock to the historic preservation community, President Obama's 2011 Budget Request, released February 1, slashed funding for several key components of the national preservation program. It proposes to completely eliminate funding for Save America's Treasures and Preserve America grant programs. Proposed funding for National Heritage Areas is reduced by 50%. The National Trust for Historic Preservation states that the elimination of the Save America's Treasures program is the most concerning, as it has enjoyed broad, bi-partisan Congressional support, and has played a vital role in successfully saving over 700 of America's most significant places in all 50 states. The next few weeks will be a critical time to contact Congress members to send the message that these programs are both effective and essential to federal preservation efforts. Please stay tuned to see how you can help in these efforts.


 Celebrating Black History Month
 Trust highlights African-American heritage

Cozad Bates House The National Trust for Historic Preservation is highlighting African-American historic places and communities throughout the month of February. African-American Heritage in Preservation has been refreshed in celebration of Black History Month with new content including stories, profiles, videos, and the places that matter to all of us. Also look to Saving African-American Historic Places, a new site geared toward preservation leaders.

Be on the lookout throughout the month of February for a National Trust Blog article on the Cozad-Bates House, pictured above. Written by CRS staff member Kerry Adams, the story features Joan Southgate's efforts to raise awareness about the University Circle site's history and the plans for its rebirth.


 Preservation Magazine's Editor Talks Weatherization
 link to the video here

Fox TV video In mid-January the National Trust for Historic Preservation had a terrific opportunity to share the sustainability message with folks throughout the Washington DC metro region when Preservation magazine editor James Schwartz appeared on the local Fox Morning News there to talk about home weatherization. From caulking to audits to making the most of historic windows, James' tips save both energy and money. Check out online videos of the pieces that aired.


 Community Murals Being Documented
 submit yours by 3/31

An online record of America's collection of outdoor murals is being assembled, and artists and art organizations are invited to contribute images. Rescue Public Murals is seeking to expand the mural images available for educational use in the Rescue Public Murals (Heritage Preservation) collection of the ARTstor Digital Library. The images will serve as a valuable record of murals in the United States. Artists and art organizations with photographs of significant murals are encouraged to make these images part of this important national collection. Images may be submitted online, where you can find specific details about submission digital file requirements. Submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2010. If you submit a mural, let us know!


 Statehood Day to be held March 3
 "History Works in Ohio"

Statehood Day logo Travel to Columbus on March 3 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm to celebrate the state's founding with other history lovers and urge our elected representatives to support history initiatives in Ohio during Statehood Day! Our Greek Revival Statehouse sets the scene for Wes Cowan, host of PBS's History Detectives and Antiques Road Show, who is guest speaker during a very special luncheon held in the Statehouse Atrium. The afternoon forum provides attendees with the opportunity to advocate for heritage preservation via small group meetings with state representatives and senators. The early registration fee is $25 and ends February 19. For more information, contact Jerolyn Barbee.


 State Historic Preservation Tax Credits
 round 4 applications accepted through 3/31

Yes, they are back! Applications for Round 4 of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits program are now being accepted. This extremely popular funding program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development, in partnership with the Ohio Historical Society and Ohio Department of Taxation, has been streamlined with improvements to the application and scoring processes from Round 3. Applications for Round 4 will be accepted through March 31, 2010. If you applied during Round 3 but were not funded, your submission will automatically be considered in Round 4. You can contact the Urban Development Division to make changes or additions to the application. New applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Department of Development before submitting applications to ensure a smooth process.


 Three Ideas for Public Square Redesign Presented
 what do you think?

Public Square Idea #2 In 2008, ParkWorks and Downtown Cleveland Alliance began the first ever comprehensive redesign process for Cleveland's historic Public Square. On January 21, 2010 a public forum was held at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at which James Corner, noted urban designer and landscape architect, unveiled 3 design strategies for the city's most prominent public space. Participants were able to view the plans, ask questions, and share their ideas. The "Transforming Public Square" forum is now available on iTunes, for video download, or for streaming audio online.


 Cleveland Proposes Landmark Designation for Churches
 six sacred landmarks considered

St. Adalbert Cleveland City Council members Anthony Brancatelli and Mamie Mitchell are sponsoring the landmark designation of six Catholic Churches, four of which are either shuttered or due to be closed by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. The houses of worship are St. Adalbert (pictured here), Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Lawrence, St. Hyacinth and St. John Nepomucene. If designation is approved, these structures will join the list of 31 Catholic churches that are already landmarked. A full article appeared in the Plain Dealer on this subject - read it here.


 Avon Joins Heritage Home Program
 assistance available to homeowners

Nagel House In mid-January, we welcomed the City of Avon as the Cleveland Restoration Society's newest Heritage Partner City. Work has already begun in compiling a mailing list of over 1,500 residences built prior to 1961 in the city that are now eligible for complimentary technical assistance and the low-interest loan product financed through KeyBank. Avon joins Oberlin to become our second Heritage community in Lorain County, and we are very excited about this expansion to the west. As always, we extend sincere thanks to our preservation partners - the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Ohio State Treasurer Kevin Boyce, KeyBank, the Lorain County Preservation Network, the Avon Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Avon Historical Society! Avon residents who are interested in setting up a site visit with one of our Historic Preservation Specialists should contact J.P. Kilroy at 216-426-3116. If you live in a house built 50 years ago or more, you might live in Heritage Partner community and might be eligible for the Heritage Home Program (sm).


 New Exhibits at the Lake County Historical Society
 open through next month

Winterich exhibit Head to Painesville to the home of the Lake County Historical Society to see two wonderful new exhibits of interest. The first, about the work of the Winterich Company, runs until the beginning of March. The Winterich Company was founded by Joseph Winterich in 1913, operating first in Cleveland and now in Garfield Heights. John Winterich is the fourth generation president of the company, which designs and fabricates interior decoration in sacred landmarks. The exhibit concentrates on work done in Cleveland churches. All artwork shown is original and rarely seen by the public. The second exhibit at the historical society is a display by artist Lynn Vandevort of buildings and homes in Mentor and Painesville. The historical society is located at the Lake County History Center, 415 Lakeside Drive, Painesville Township. Hours are posted on the society's web site.


 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.


 Garden Level Office for Lease
 1,800 SF of fully improved space

Are you looking for affordable, beautifully improved office space in a great location with easy access to the Inner Belt and free parking for your employees and visitors? The Cleveland Restoration Society is making available for lease the garden level of its historic building the Sarah Benedict House for the first time ever. This flexible space in the Midtown Cleveland neighborhood features a private entrance onto Prospect Avenue, three rooms, a restroom, and storage facilities. It is fully accessible by elevator. A kitchen is available for employee use and for catering. As an added benefit, the lovely, restored first floor rooms of the house and the garden, open seasonally, may be reserved for meetings or events. Contact Felicia Hall for more information.


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

February Benedict Where is our favorite plastic friend on this cloudy, winter day? If you know, be the first to send the correct response. The winner will receive a one-year membership in the Cleveland Restoration Society. Good luck!


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

February 3
Discussion on the Future of the Oakwood Club Property
Cleveland Heights Community Center, 7:30 pm
Severance Neighborhood Organization

February 8
Wine Tasting "Fun"-raiser
Fleming's Restaurant, Montrose, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, $$
Progress Through Preservation, 330-374-3787

February 11
"A Crack in the Pavement, Fix it First?"
Cleveland State University, Glickman-Miller Hall, Atrium
1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, register, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium

February 11
Interurban Train Presentation
Rocky River Senior Center, 7:00 pm
21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River
Lakewood Historical Society
Rocky River Historical Society
West Park Historical Society
Fairview Park Historical Society

February 19
First Annual Meeting
Lithuanian Hall, 6:30 pm
877 East 185th St., Cleveland
Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society

February 23
"Freedom's Friends: Oberlin, the Underground Railroad, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument"
Kendal at Oberlin, Heiser Auditorium, 7:15 pm
Oberlin Heritage Center

February 27
SNOOP! of Langston Hughes Center
2390 E. 79th St., Cleveland
Free to members, RSVP, 10:00 am
Cleveland Restoration Society, 216-426-1000

March 4
"Freedom's Friends: Oberlin, the Underground Railroad, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument"
Lorain County Metroparks' Vermilion River Reservation
51211 North Ridge Road, Vermilion, 7:00 pm
Oberlin Heritage Center


 Save the Date!

April 7
"Exterior Painting and Historic Color"
With CRS's Kerrington Adams
Lakewood Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 7:00 pm
Cleveland Restoration Society
Lakewood Historical Society

April 17
2010 Broadway Slavic Village Neighborhood Summit
Bohemian National Hall, 12:00  3:00 pm
Slavic Village Development

May 12
"Designing an Appropriate Addition for an Old House"
With CRS's Kerrington Adams
Lakewood Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 7:00 pm
Cleveland Restoration Society
Lakewood Historical Society

May 20
Celebration of Preservation
Hanna Theatre, 2067 E. 14th St., Cleveland
Cleveland Restoration Society
AIA Cleveland


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