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Kerri Broome, editor
November 2010

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In This Issue
Green Building Experts and Preservationists: Let's Talk!
Take Advantage of Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Before Year-End
Wrap Up Your Holiday Gift Giving
Historic Home For Sale
Call for Local Tour Guides
FutureHeights Online Auction Open
Ten Years of NTCIC
State Organization Changes Name
New CEO for NPI
Lakewood is Newest CLG
Where is Benedict?
More About CRS

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Green Building Experts and Preservationists:  Let's Talk!

Join the Cleveland Restoration Society and the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council at the 37th Community Luncheon on November 23, 2010. The lunch will convene people committed to sustainable design and historic preservation to hear speaker Mike Jackson, FAIA, of Chicago. Jackson will discuss the natural alliance between advocates of sustainability and preservation. The lunch will take place at the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 23. Continuing Education Credits are available through AIA-Cleveland Chapter.  U.S. Green Building Council CMP units expected to be available as well. To obtain the credits, an additional hour-long session will follow the luncheon. Tickets begin at $60 per person. RSVP to CRS today at 216-426-1000.

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Take Advantage of Energy Efficiency Tax Credits before Year-End

If you purchase an energy-efficient product for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $1,500. Don't delay! Tax credits for biomass stoves, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, insulation, roofs, non-solar water heaters, windows and doors are set to expire on December 31, 2010. Not all ENERGY STAR qualified products qualify for this tax credit so be sure to check out for specific details. The Cleveland Restoration Society has trained staff members that are available to help you determine what energy efficiency upgrades you can make to your home.  And don't be so sure that buying those expensive new windows is going to get you the best bang for your energy buck. Talk to us first!  We also offer a low-interest loan for homeowners interested in energy-efficiency upgrades, available in many communities. Keep your house nice and warm for winter by calling us today at 216-426-1000 for more information!

CRS gift basket Wrap up Your Holiday Gift Giving

It's not too early to think about holiday shopping. Let CRS help this year! We are putting together creative, fun, and festive holiday gift baskets that are sure to please. Choose from three different basket options to make the perfect selection for each person your list. We have a Cleveland Neighborhoods basket with a beautiful Franklin Boulevard poster and a copy of Those Wonderful Old Houses; an Arts & Culture basket featuring Creative Essence and the gorgeous Cleveland Sketchbook; and a Fireside Chat basket featuring a bag of coffee and two ceramic mugs to share it in. Each basket comes with a one-year household membership to the Cleveland Restoration Society ($55 value). Baskets are a real value at $65 each and come beautifully packaged - perfect for gift giving! See one at the Community Luncheon and place your order there, or contact us today at 216-426-1000 for more information or to place your order today!

Upson House

Historic Home For Sale

One of the Oldest in Shaker

CRS is proud to offer the Historic Upson house for public sale to an individual who will appreciate its significance and will honor its heritage.  Constructed ca. 1836 by Asa and Chloe Carter Upson, this early farmhouse typifies the upright-and-wing architectural form that was common in the developing Western Reserve.  It is a rare property; one of the oldest remaining in Shaker Heights and in Cuyahoga County. Remodeled in the Colonial Revival style in 1940, this landmark residence exudes charm and has been lovingly maintained and updated.  It will provide a classic and timeless home through the seasons and years.  See the MLS listing. For more information contact Kerrington Adams at 216-426-3101.

Call for Local Tour Guides for Frank Lloyd Wright Houses Before 11/7

Volunteers are needed to provide tours of three privately owned Frank Lloyd Wright homes located in Northeast Ohio next spring. The houses open for the April 9, 2010 tour are the Staley House in North Madison (1950); the Dobkins House in Canton (1953); and the Penfield I House in Willoughby Hills (1953). This special event is a fundraiser for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, a national organization whose mission is to preserve the architectural heritage of Frank Lloyd Wright. Prospective volunteers are invited to an introductory meeting at the Penfield I House in Willoughby Hills on Sunday, November 7 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Tour guides will then participate in three study sessions at each of the three houses during February and March 2011. For more information and to register for the introductory session on November 7, contact Palli Davis Holubar of the Taliesin Perforated Board Project at 440-965-7114.

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FutureHeights Online Auction Open Through 11/21

Future Heights is looking for your help to raise $15,000 this fall. The organization, which promotes a vibrant and sustainable future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights through innovative ideas and civic engagement, launched its annual online auction on October 15. You can bid on locally donated goods and services and the proceeds will go towards general operating funds for the organization. Looking to get in shape for 2011? Bid on Yoga and spinning lessons at Baddhaful Spin. Your kids would love a behind the scenes tour of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Architectural services, jewelry, books, Cavs tickets, and much, much more are up for bidding. There is something for everyone! The auction ends on November 21 at 10:00 pm.

Cleveland Institute of Art

Ten Years of National Trust Community Investment Corporation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Community Investment Corporation Program (NTCIC) is celebrating its tenth anniversary! Founded in 2000 as a for-profit subsidiary of the Trust, NTCIC has made investments exceeding $380 million in restoration projects that qualify for historic rehabilitation tax credits. NTCIC has worked with local governments, nonprofits and developers across the country, focusing on projects that have a high economic impact on the surrounding community. The Cleveland Institute of Art's current $55 million project, which includes rehabilitation of the Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts, a former Ford Model T factory on Euclid Avenue, shown here, is being completed with the help of the NTCIC.

State Organization Changes Name

Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) is the new name for an established organization, the former Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums. The organization, which works cooperatively with the Ohio Historical Society's Local History Office, is a network of local historical societies, history museums, archives, libraries, genealogical societies and historic preservation groups throughout Ohio involved in collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio's history. Oberlin Heritage Center executive director Pat Murphy is OLHA's current president.

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New CEO for Neighborhood Progress Inc.

Neighborhood Progress Inc. (NPI) has announced the selection of a new president and chief executive officer. Joel Ratner, formerly with the Raymond John Wean Foundation, will become the new head of NPI. He will work to refine NPI's strategic direction and help build the organization to support a variety of neighborhood programs and initiatives to improve the quality of life in Cleveland.  NPI's current initiatives include addressing vacant property issues, foreclosure and land assembly opportunities and strengthening and expanding their sustainability initiatives throughout Cleveland. CRS welcomes Mr. Ratner as a partner in revitalizing Cleveland's neighborhoods.

Lakewood - Northland

Lakewood is Newest Certified Local Government

The City of Lakewood has been named Ohio's newest Certified Local Government (CLG). Ohio's CLG Program recognizes the importance of a federal-state-local partnership that enables communities to provide a wide range of preservation resources. Ten percent of the historic preservation funds that the state receives from the federal government each year is set aside for CLG's to identify their historic resources through surveys, nominate eligible properties and districts to the National Register of Historic Places, further community education on historic preservation; and preserve and rehabilitate historic properties. The Ohio Historic Preservation Office and CRS encourage communities to apply for CLG certification. If your community is not yet a CLG, learn more about becoming one by clicking the link above.

November "Where's Benedict?" Where is Benedict?
Time is running out for Benedict the Owl.  Only two more months remain in this year-long contest that has shown the spotlight on some of our area's landmarks. Do you know where our friend has landed this month?  If you know where Benedict is today, be the first to send it in and you could win a complimentary one-year membership to the Cleveland Restoration Society! What are you waiting for?
Send in your guess right now!

Upcoming Events

November 3

Entrepreneurial Development Training

Stuarts Opera House, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

52 Public Square, Nelsonville, register, $$

Heritage Ohio

November 3

"Recently Historic: Houses from the 1930s-1950s"

Featuring Kerrington Adams

Lakewood Public Library, Main Auditorium

Detroit Ave., 7:00 pm

Cleveland Restoration Society

Lakewood Historical Society

November 4-6

Bioneers Cleveland

Beaming site for the national convention

Cuyahoga Community College

Metropolitan Campus, Cleveland

November 4

"Ok, So You've Always Wanted to be an Architect?"

Featuring Peter van Dijk, FAIA

Thwing Ballroom, 11111 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 6:00 pm

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

Case Western Reserve University

November 4

"Urban Photography: The City in Black and White" Opening Reception

An exhibit of selected photographs by Lauren Pacini

Loganberry Books, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

13015 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland

November 6

Ohio Historic Preservation Office Awards

Lincoln Theater, 12:00 pm

Columbus, registration required

Ohio Historic Preservation Office

November 9

LakewoodAlive Community Forum: Bailey Building & Beyond

Bailey Building, 7:00 pm

14725 Detroit Ave., Lakewood


November 12

2010 AIA/IIDA Cleveland Design Awards

Cleveland Playhouse, Bolton Theatre, 5:30 - 11:00 pm

8500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Register, $$$

AIA Cleveland

IIDA Cleveland Akron City Center

November 13

"How to be a Good Ancestor Workshop"

"Collecting and Preserving Your Family History, Stories, Photograph, and Artifacts"

Oberlin Depot, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

240 S. Main St., Oberlin, Register by 11/5, $$

Oberlin Heritage Center

November 18

Retirement Party for Frank Piccirillo and Tim Barrett

PJ McIntyre's, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

17119 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, $

For tickets call Terri Sandy at 216-664-4031

November 20

Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in Historic Preservation at Ursuline College

Bari Oyler Stith, speaker

Ursuline College, Pilla Center, Room 101

2550 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike, 10:00 am

RSVP to Barbara Flinn at 216-371-5917 by 11/13

Western Reserve Architectural Historians

November 23

37th Annual Community Luncheon

Wyndham Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

1260 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Register by calling 216-426-1000

Cleveland Restoration Society

NEO Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council

Save the Date

December 4

Christmas a Century Apart

Free activities with two workshops that require registration

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Century Village, Burton

Geauga County Historical Society

Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000