July 2010 - Vol. 24, No. 7
Kerri Broome, editor
In This Issue

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 Annual Membership Meeting
 join us on July 20

CRS logo The Annual meeting of the members of the Cleveland Restoration Society will be held on Tuesday, July 20 at 9:00 a.m. at the Sarah Benedict House. The house is located at 3751 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland. At the meeting we will review CRS's work in the past year and elect new trustees. Members are also being asked to approve changes to CRS's Code of Regulations. See the amended code online. Light refreshments will be served. Please register for the annual meeting. See you there!


 New Trust President Named
 takes office this month

Stephanie Meeks Stephanie Meeks, an experienced nonprofit leader, will become the National Trust for Historic Preservation's eighth president when she assumes office this month. Stephanie, 45, lives with her husband and three children in Falls Church, Virginia but hails from Colorado. Prior to joining the Trust, Stephanie served as president and CEO of Counterpart International, a nonprofit international development organization working in twenty-five countries. Before Counterpart, Stephanie held top leadership positions with one of the world's largest and most influential conservation organizations, The Nature Conservancy, for more than seventeen years, including acting president and CEO and chief operating officer. She currently serves on the board of directors of RARE, an organization that uses best practices in social marketing to achieve lasting conservation outcomes and is the secretary of the board of the Potomac Conservancy.


 Federal Historic Preservation Fund Update
 and your chance to advocate for it

House Natural Resources chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV) unveiled a revised draft of the "Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources" (CLEAR) Act (HR 3534) on June 22 that includes mandatory full funding of the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). CLEAR was introduced last September but originally did not include full funding for the HPF. The revised bill could not have come at a better time, as it was announced in late June that the Democratic leadership in both chambers was preparing a one-year budget resolution that would set FY'11 spending limits $7 billion below the Obama administration's proposed budget -- which zeroed out funding for Save America's Treasures and Preserve America program grants, as well as cut Heritage Areas funding by 50%. If enacted, CLEAR would allow appropriators to restore cuts to the HPF and fully fund the national preservation program up to its statutory level of $150 million annually.

A coalition of nearly 100 national, state, and local preservation organization has launched a new campaign for full and permanent funding of the HPF. You can show your support online through a connection to America's Great Outdoors Initiative, a multi-agency effort to enhance and conserve our country's urban and rural natural resources that was launched by President Obama in April. The AGO initiative includes a web forum through which the president's administration is actively seeking public comment. Here, Americans can post ideas "for protecting the places they love" and others can vote their approval (or disapproval) of these ideas and offer their own comments. Funding of the HPF has been suggested as an excellent way to protect the places that we love in America. Those of us who want to see funding for the HPF, including the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, encourage you to add your support through the AGO website. To do this, simply go to the AGO site, register, search for "Historic Preservation Fund," and then click on the link to "Promote" this idea!


 Act Now to Save Preserve America
 local communities would be affected

Preserve America was launched in 2003 to promote and support community preservation efforts. In the past four years, the program has supported more than 250 projects and awarded over $20 million. In Ohio, there are 19 Preserve America communities, including Canal Winchester, Hudson, Medina, Oberlin, and Olmsted Falls. For each of these communities, Preserve America provides national recognition and the opportunity for grants. Unfortunately, like Save America's Treasures, Preserve America will be eliminated from the federal budget next year unless enough of us show our support by contact our representatives. Now is the time to tell your senators and representatives how important this program is to you.

In related news, the White House dropped a budget bombshell in June when it instructed federal agencies to compile a list of their least important programs that add up to at least five percent of their budgets as the administration prepares for next year's FY'12 budget. The FY'11 appropriations cycle is already on hold as neither the House nor the Senate have produced budget resolutions and no mark ups have been scheduled in the appropriations committees to date. The Administration's announcement that cuts are being contemplated in FY'12 even before the completion of the current appropriations cycle is generating concern in the preservation community. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is closely monitoring this development to see if Save America's Treasures, Preserve America and Heritage Areas funding end up on this hit list of programs under the Park Service's budget. In the President's FY'11 budget, SAT and Preserve America grants were zeroed out and Heritage Areas funding was cut by 50%. We'll keep you updated.


 New Online Community for Old House Owners
 every home has a story - share yours today

@home logo The National Trust for Historic Preservation has created @home, an online community for people who love homes to share ideas, resources, and more. Whether you're restoring each detail of an 1850s Victorian to its original glory or respectfully rehabbing a 1950s modernist ranch to include another badly needed bathroom - you are part of the preservation community, and @home is for you! Getting started is easy. Just click the link above, register, and start sharing information about your pride and joy - post pictures and share your home's history. Let's put NEO on the @home map!


 Latest round of Tax Credit Projects Announced
 4 in NEO received $12 million

Schofield Building At a press conference last month Governor Ted Strickland announced the recipients of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit. Thirteen projects around the state garnered $28.3 million in tax credits, including four in Northeastern Ohio that received just over $12 million in credits. The Schofield Building at the southwest corner of east Ninth and Euclid (pictured here) will become a boutique hotel operated by San-Francisco based Kimpton Hotels, as well as luxury apartments. The governor quoted Mark Twain, who said Euclid Avenue was "one of the finest streets in America" in touting the impact the State Tax Credit had in Cleveland, which has received more than $100 million, more than any other city in the state. The other recipients locally include the Union Building at 1836 Euclid, a retail and office development that is part of "Collegetown" near CSU that received $3.3 million in credits; the adaptive use of the former congregational church at 33 Seminary Street in Berea as part of the expansion of the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music; and the Kaiser Building, the oldest building on Main Street in downtown Akron, which is being redeveloped by Tony Troppe. Franco Ruffini, deputy state historic preservation officer said, "These buildings aren't good because they are old, they are old because they are good" in reminding the enthusiastic crowd that the greenest building is the one that is already built.


 Heritage Ohio Holds Statewide Conference
 preservation awards, educational sessions

The PowerPoints presented at Heritage Ohio's annual conference, held last month in Athens, are now available online. Also available is a full description of the winners of the Preservation Awards presented during the conference. There are several notable local winners, including the Main Street Manager of the Year, Mary Anne Crampton of Lakewood Alive. Congratulations!


 State's Top Preservation Opportunities
 fourth year for list

Spitzer Hotel Heritage Ohio announced the state's Top Preservation Opportunities in June, with nine buildings selected. The organization hopes to draw attention to these under-appreciate or underutilized buildings through the listing, and to show that each could potential play an important role in its community's future. Heritage Ohio also hopes that by sharing technical assistance and resources that it can enable rehabilitation projects to move forward. Buildings on the list are located in Akron, Bucyrus, Bellefontaine, Ironton, Lancaster, Lisbon, Lorain, Wellington, and Xenia (the Spitzer Hotel in Lorain is shown here).


 Statewide Arts Survey
 what is important to you?

As part of its strategic planning process, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is conducting a statewide arts, culture and entertainment opinion poll of Ohio residents. Its purpose is to learn how the OAC can continue to best meet citizens' cultural needs in a changing environment for State government. It is important to reach as many Ohioans as possible through this online survey. All OAC constituents, including the Cleveland Restoration Society, are being asked to promote the survey with their constituents. All survey results will be reported only in the aggregate (individual responses will be anonymous). The survey is open until July 16. Click here to take the survey.


 Creative Workforce Fellowship Opportunity
 first part of application is due 7/30

Every day, artists are investing in the future of Cuyahoga County, from the architect that's transforming an urban neighborhood to the filmmaker who's in the middle of a groundbreaking feature. They're strengthening the face of our economy, our education system and our community's quality of life. Now the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture is investing directly in the future of these community champions through the Creative Workforce Fellowship (CWF). Applications are currently available for the 2011 cycle of the CWF, a program that will provide $20,000 awards to 20 Cuyahoga County craft, design, media and visual artists. Part 1 of the Application is due July 30 at 5:00 p.m. EST, and Part 2 is due September 10 at 5:00 p.m. EST. The CWF is made possible by the generous funding of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.


 Sacred Landmarks Update

St. Emeric's The Cleveland Restoration Society's Sacred Landmarks Task Force has been working for more than a year to help facilitate the preservation and adaptive use of these important community landmarks. If you have not checked out CRS's new website, you will find that there are a number of new resources on the adaptive use of religious buildings: case studies of adapted buildings, links to adapted buildings, and links to find buildings that are available for sale. The task force has identified ten sacred landmarks that we believe are especially significant and in need of our help to be sold to a preservation-friendly buyer and adapted in a way that continues to contribute to neighborhood strength and vitality. On Tuesday, June 22 the task force hosted a small open house at the Sarah Benedict House for Realtors, nonprofit leaders, and developers known for the creative adaptive use of neighborhood landmarks in inner-city and inner-ring suburban neighborhoods. We will continue to work for the preservation and re-use of these campuses.


 New Resource for Congregations

Need help getting started on your congregation's archives and records management program? The National Episcopal Historians & Archivists has a handy booklet, Archives for Congregations: An Introduction and Guide, that would be useful to congregations of all faiths. Contents include:
  • What records should be saved?
  • How can additional records be collected?
  • How should records be organized
  • How should records be preserved?
  • How should records be inventoried?
  • How can research records be controlled?
  • Retention recommendations.
The booklet is available for $5 plus shipping.


 Architectural Salvage Sale in Lakewood

The Lakewood Historical Society will hold an architectural salvage sale on July 31, 2010, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Items recovered from several recently demolished Lakewood buildings include leaded full size doors, cabinet doors, and windows; doors with panels; heat register covers; interior stair handrails; Victorian fireplace mantel and door casing corner blocks; fireplace tiles; door, window, and cabinet hardware in many styles; '50s vintage bathroom sinks; and sandstone pieces. The sale also includes light fixtures, chandeliers and globes, old and new; several unique items from the Lakewood Day Nursery; plus other accessories donated to the Historical Society. Bring measurements and samples for matching. The sale will be held at the Skate House in Lakewood Park (behind the Oldest Stone House), 14710 Lake Avenue. For more information call 216-221-7343 or lakewoodhistory@bge.net.


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

Where's Benedict - July Benedict is still staycationing! The style of this house might be rather familiar, but do you know where it is? Send in your guess; if you are the first to respond with 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

July 3
Green Expo
Part of the Larchmere Festival
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
12200-12500 Larchmere, Cleveland
Shaker Square Area Development Corporation

July 11
Western Reserve Classic
Vintage Baseball at the Oldest Stone House
Lakewood Park, 1:00 pm
Lakewood Historical Society

July 13
Wine Tasting & Silent Auction
The Canton Club Event Center, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
101 Central Plaza South, Canton, registration required, $$$
Heritage Ohio

July 14
Main Street 101 Training
Chase Tower, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Registration required, $
101 Central Plaza South, Canton
Heritage Ohio

July 14
13th Annual Walk & Dine
Cleveland, 5:30 - 11:00 pm, $$
Purchase tickets by calling 216-771-1994
Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation

July 14-15
Cleveland Furniture and Millwork Fair
Halle Building, 1212 Huron Rd. E, Cleveland
Open to the public 3:00 - 7:00 pm both days
Cleveland's District of Design

July 17
CAMP: Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program
CPO Training Facility, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration required, $$
933 East Gay Street, Columbus
Heritage Ohio
City of Columbus Historic Preservation Office

July 17
Community Day
Tony Brush Park, 2:00 -7:00 pm
HEART of Little Italy

July 18
Ice Cream Social
8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, 1:00 pm
James A. Garfield National Historic Site

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

July 23
Tax Credit Workshop
Ryan's Tavern, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
241 High St., Hamilton, OH
Registration required, $$
Heritage Ohio

July 31
Architectural Salvage Sale
Skate House in Lakewood Park, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
14710 Lake Avenue, Lakewood
Lakewood Historical Society

July 31
"A Taste of History" Wine Tasting
Black River Landing, 12:00 - 9:00 pm
421 Black River Lane, Lorain, $
Black River Historical Society, 440-245-2563

July 31
"The Way it Was"
Benefit with drinks and dinner
Woodland Rd., Shaker Heights, $$$
5:00 - 9:00 pm, RSVP by 7/27
Cleveland Restoration Society


 Save the Date!

September 12
"Come Home to Lakewood" House Tour
Tickets go on sale 8/7, $, 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Lakewood Historical Society, 216-221-7343

September 24-25
Cemetery Preservation Workshop
Bedford Historical Society

September 29
SNOOP! of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
Cleveland Restoration Society

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

October 27-30
National Preservation Conference
Austin, TX, discounted registration before 7/31, $$$
National Trust for Historic Preservation

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


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