June 2010 - Vol. 24, No. 6
Kerri Broome, editor
In This Issue

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 CRS Launches New Web Site
 check it out!

CRS web page Have you seen our web site recently?

We are very happy to announce the relaunch of www.clevelandrestoration.org, full of graphics, less heavy on text, and very easy for you to navigate. Please take a few minutes and look, and then give us your comments about the redesign. We are grateful to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for a grant and their assistance during the project. In the coming months we will be adding even more features in phase two, such as photo galleries, slide shows, videos, interactive forms, and the ability to renew memberships online and make online donations. There will be many more resources that allow you to experience preservation in different sensory ways. Stay tuned!

P.S. We're on Facebook officially now too! Look for our bright green logo and join us there!


 2010 Celebration of Preservation Winners
 13 projects lauded

Terminal Tower during rehabilitation Thursday, May 20 marked the annual awards program held by the Cleveland Restoration Society with AIA Cleveland and AIA Akron. Thirteen awards were given this year to Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Center; Hiram College; University Lofts; Tremont Place Lofts; East Cleveland Township Cemetery Foundation; Cogswell Hall; Emerson & Horace Mann Elementary Schools; The Gothic Building; The Capitol Theatre; Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument; Carroll Residence; Meyer Residence; and Terminal Tower (shown here with construction in progress). Look for more information soon about these excellent award winners on our web site. We'd also like to thank our generous event sponsors: The Sherwin-Williams Company; Kiczek Builders, Inc.; and Marous Brothers Construction.


 Hands-on Help for Your Wood Windows
 still time to register!

window workshop Does your home have wood windows that are in need of repair? Older wood windows often have a bad reputation for being drafty or hard to use. In reality, they are made from superior materials and are of durable construction making them easily repairable (and yes, inherently sustainable!). Come learn how to repair them and make them more efficient at a hands-on workshop at Preservation House, 2074 West Market Street, Akron, on June 12 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Preservation Carpenter Bill Hoose will take you through the process of repairing a window step by step, explain all of the parts of a window and its operation, replacement of sash cords, glazing, weather stripping, and many other general repair issues. The workshop costs $10 for members of any the sponsoring organizations and $20 for non- members. RSVP to Sara Hobbs, 216-426-3108. This workshop is made possible by a the partnership of Cleveland Restoration Society and Progress Through Preservation, with funding support by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


 Brown Appointed Acting President of the Trust
 effective June 1

David Brown The Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has appointed Executive Vice President David Brown to the position of Acting President of the National Trust effective June 1. The Trust's presidential search committee has been at work since late 2009 and is now in the process of interviewing candidates following an enormous response. David Brown has more than three decades of experience in the preservation field, the last fourteen of which have been with the National Trust. We will keep you up to date on any further developments as they are available.


 11 Most Endangered Announced
 and the opportunity to support Ohio history

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 23rd annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Since 1988, the Trust has used this list as a powerful alarm to raise awareness of the serious threats facing the nation's greatest treasures. It has become one of the most effective tools in the fight to save the country's irreplaceable architectural, cultural, and natural heritage. First on the 2010 list is America's State Parks and State-Owned Historic Sites.

The Ohio Historical Society is Ohio's partner in preserving and maintaining the largest network of state-owned historic sites (58) in the United States. Last year when state budget cuts stripped the Historical Society of more than 40 percent of its state support, many feared that some of these historic sites and museums would be closed, at least temporarily. Despite the cuts, the Ohio Historical Society is proud to say that not one historic site or museum within its network has closed during this economic recession, and in fact the Society has developed many exciting partnerships with local organizations and public entities that are engaging the community in new ways. CRS joins with the Ohio Historical Society in encouraging our members to take advantage of the many opportunities available at the state's historic sites and museums this summer. Support history in Ohio!


 TakePart Grant Winners Announced
 close contest to the end

National Trust thank you! Did you vote for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the American Express TakePart grant competition? It's been just over a week since the contest ended, with everyone eagerly awaiting final word on the outcome. At the end of voting period (actually, throughout much of it), the Trust was neck-and-neck with another organization, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Because of that, the generous people at American Express decided to award $200,000 to both organizations! The Trust plans to use the funding to expand its online education programs and reach new, younger, and broader audiences with preservation's message of sustainability and economic vitality.


 State Historic Tax Credit Annual Report
 huge success statewide

ODOD Annual Report Cover The Ohio Department of Development has released its 2009 report on the state's Historic Tax Credit Program. This program has been a huge success for Ohio, spurring over $1 billion in private investment, and creating thousands of jobs. Read the report online.


 Cleveland Plans to Demolish 25 Schools
 district announces new plan

A B Hart cafeteria A few weeks ago the Cleveland Metropolitan School District released a plan that calls for the demolition of 25 school buildings, including 13 of the 16 buildings that are to close this month. The plan is a response to the district's $53 million deficit. The state is expected to pay two-thirds of the demolition cost. Affected schools that are designated city landmarks are Audubon, Mount Auburn, Robert K. Fulton, Watterson-Lake, and Willson. Empire and Henry W. Longfellow are in the process of being landmarked. The cafeteria of Albert B. Hart School, which is slated for demolition in phase 3 of the plan, is shown in the picture above. Demolition of the schools is expected to begin this summer.


 Habitat for Humanity Tool Drive
 through June 30

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity has launched its Second Annual Tool Drive. This event asks residents, organizations and businesses to donate new and used tools, cabinets, sinks, building materials, and appliances to Habitat for Humanity. The donated items will be sold at the organization's ReStore, a recycled building materials store located at 2110 West 110th Street, Cleveland. Proceeds from sales will be used to help Habitat build and rehabilitate homes for those in need. Small tools can also be dropped off at the 14 area Do-it-Best locations. Donors of large items can schedule a pick-up through the ReStore. The Tool Drive runs through June 30.


 Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Survey
 how we see ourselves now and in the future

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is a grassroots program championed by local leadership from the public and private sectors and driven by a volunteer army of hundreds of people across a wide spectrum of the local community. As part of the 2019 strategic planning initiative a survey has been created to help establish the brand look and messaging for the initiative. The survey asks sixteen multiple choice and short- answer questions.


 Oberlin Heritage Center Offers Free Admission
 summer-long program for active duty military

Monroe House The Oberlin Heritage Center has partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010. Guided tours of the Monroe House (1866) (pictured here), the Jewett House (1884) and the Little Red Schoolhouse (1836) are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, or at other times by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, although larger parties are requested to make a reservation.


 In Memoriam

The Cleveland Restoration Society is sad to note the recent passing of two friends of the organization.

Artha Woods, a longtime Cleveland city councilwoman and council clerk, was one of CRS's Honorary Life Trustees. Also known as "Lady Artha", she led a very full life and died May 10, 2010.

Allan Zambie, a former CRS trustee and current community advisor, died on May 11, 2010 at the age of 74. His knowledge and interests were particularly helpful to CRS through our preservation programs committee.


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

June "Where's Benedict?" Do you know where Benedict has landed this month? You might not be quite as familiar with this location, which is a little farther afield than he's gone before. Here's a hint: if he'd flown there in the past, he might be hungry for some breakfast when got there. Any idea? If you have a guess, send it our way. If you are the first to send us the correct location, you will receive a one-year membership to the Cleveland Restoration Society. Good luck!


 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.


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

June 3
Tour of Oberlin's LEED for Neighborhood Development Project
65 E. College St., Oberlin, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
For NEOUSGBC members, RSVP to Michele Kilroy
NEO Chapter of the USGBC

June 5
Grand Re-Opening Ceremony of Soldiers' and Sailor's Monument
3 Public Square, Cleveland, 11:00 am
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Support Group

June 6
Moreland Courts: "Living in a Landmark"
Contact Felicia Hall for more information
Cleveland Restoration Society

June 6
Cleveland Goes Modern Home Tour
1:00 - 3:00 pm, RSVP to Lauren Hansgen, 216-227- 9507
Cleveland Artists Foundation

June 6
Architectural Walking Tour
2:00 pm, $
Lake View Cemetery

June 7
Creative Voices Summit & Arts Education Day Luncheon
PlayhouseSquare, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Registration required
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Cleveland State University

June 7
Housing Policy and Community Development Corporations
Glickman-Miller Hall, 4:00-6:00 pm
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, registration required
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

June 8
"Maintenance & Efficiency for Your Old House"
Featuring CRS's own Jamie Bertram
Lyndhurst Community Center, 7:00 pm
1341 Parkview Dr., Lyndhurst
Cleveland Restoration Society

June 9
Using Arts to Create a Sense of Community Workshops
With Artist Lily Yeh
10:00 - 11:30 am and 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Senior Outreach Services, 3290 E. 79th St., Cleveland
Free but registration is required
Neighborhood Connections

June 12
Window Restoration Workshop
Preservation House, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2074 W. Market St., Akron, $
Contact Sara Hobbs for more information
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Progress Through Preservation
Cleveland Restoration Society

June 12
"Schweinfurth Collections at the CPL and the WRAH Annual Meeting"
Cleveland Public Library, Main Building
325 Superior Ave., Cleveland, 3rd Floor
RSVP 6/9, call 216-280-6293
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

June 12
Parade the Circle
University Circle, Cleveland, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

June 15-17
Heritage Ohio Annual Conference
"Cultivating Community & Tending to Tradition"
Athens, OH, registration is open
Heritage Ohio

June 18
Beer & Brats @ the Benedict
RSVP to Felicia Hall, 216-426-3110, $$
Cleveland Restoration Society

June 23
Mid Year Membership Meeting
Brothers Lounge Music Hall, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
11609 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, RSVP to Michele Kilroy
NEO Chapter of the USGBC

June 27
Living History Tour
Woodland Cemetery, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
6901 Woodland Ave., Cleveland, $
Pre-register by June 19
Woodland Cemetery Foundation of Cleveland


 Save the Date!

July 13
Wine Tasting
Heritage Ohio

July 20
Annual Membership Meeting
Sarah Benedict House, 9:00 am
3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
Cleveland Restoration Society

September 24-25
Cemetery Preservation Workshop
Bedford Historical Society

October 13-15
" Reclaiming Vacant Properties" Conference
The Intersection of Sustainability, Revitalization, and Policy Reform
National Vacant Properties Campaign
Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

November 23
37th Annual Community Luncheon
Featuring Mike Jackson, FAIA on the topic of historic preservation and sustainability
Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square
Contact Felicia Hall for more information
Cleveland Restoration Society