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Kerri Broome, editor
February 2011

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In This Issue
CRS Celebrates African American History Month
Local Award Nominations Due
Federal Budget Update
Statehood Day in Ohio
New Study on Sustainability and Preservation
Cleveland Council Support Preservation Tax Credit
Sustainability at Home Resources
New Book about Demolition by Neglect
Historic Home for Sale
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CRS Celebrates African American History Month

In recognition of African American History Month, the Cleveland Restoration Society is presenting the program "Sleeping in Slave Cabins: A Personal Journey in Discovering History" by Joseph McGill. Mr. McGill, pictured left in the center kneeling, is a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation' s Southern Office in Charleston, S.C.  He  spent overnights in slave dwellings in South Carolina as part of what he calls the "Slave Cabin Project." He got the idea for the project after he took part in the documentary Unfinished Civil War. He wanted to bring attention to the dwellings and honor the memories of the people who lived in them.  


The program will take place on Sunday, February 20 at Karamu House, 2355 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Bracy Lewis, CRS Honorary Life Trustee, is the event chair. Come experience this extraordinary presentation, which has been acclaimed across the country. Supporting sponsors are The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Cleveland Chapter; Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF); Western Reserve Historical Society; Joan Southgate and Restore Cleveland Hope; Blacks in Management; Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell; Karamu House, Inc.; Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation; and University Circle Inc. Refreshments will be served.  "Sleeping in Slave Cabins" is FREE and open to the public. Please reserve your spot at the event by contacting CRS today via email or by calling 216-426-1000.


Hanna TheatreStageNominate Outstanding Local Preservation Projects
Nominations 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 2011Celebration of Preservation. 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 Breanna Boulton for more information.


US Capitol BuildingFederal Budget Update 

The House approved a GOP rules package (H Res 38) this week authorizing Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) to set the budget cap for FY'11 spending bills at FY'08 levels or less, with Defense, Military Construction, Veterans' Affairs and Homeland Security spending exempt from any reductions. The House plans to formally vote on its budget resolution cap the same week the President's Budget is released in mid-February. President Obama also proposed a five-year spending freeze for discretionary spending in his State of the Union address last week. Given the bleak congressional proposals for FY'11 spending and the President's proposed five-year freeze, preservation funding will be challenged to keep budget cuts to a minimum that could affect funding to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Save America's Treasures, Preserve America, and national heritage areas. Preservationists will use Lobby Day in early March to make the case for keeping any budget cuts to historic preservation fund to a minimum. Sign up here to receive updates from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 



John Glenn Statehood Day in Ohio is March 1

Are you concerned about the role of history in Ohio? Voice your concerns on March 1 during Statehood Day in Ohio! Statehood Day participants meet at the Statehouse to learn about the history-related issues facing Ohio; network with colleagues; and then meet with their state elected officials in the afternoon to discuss legislative priorities affecting history and preservation. Former Ohio Sen. John Glenn will be the keynote speaker. Ohio Statehood Day, March 1, is one of the most significant dates in Ohio history - it is the date in 1803 that Ohio officially became the nation's 17th state. Learn more and register at the Statehood Day Site.


Over-the-RhineNew Study on the Intersection of Sustainability and Historic Preservation

In 2009, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office commissioned a study on how historic preservation is compatible with "sustainable building practices." The results of this study are now available online. Four properties in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati were used as a case study. See the report here.



Capitol Theatre Interior

Cleveland Council Supports Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit

On January 10 Cleveland city Council passed a resolution urging the Ohio General Assembly to renew the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit (OHPTC). Councilman Joe Cimperman sponsored the resolution. Since July 2007, the OHPTC has positively impacted every region of the state; 111 projects have been initiated using the tax credit generating a projected $1.2 billion in private investment. Coupled with federal tax incentives such as the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit and New Market Tax Credits, the OHPTC has been a dynamic economic development tool. In Cleveland, the OHPTC has assisted 37 projects that will receive more than $104 million in tax credits, leveraging close to $500 million in private investment, including the Capitol Theatre (shown here), Union Gospel Press Building and St. Luke's Hospital. The reuse of historic buildings stands to make Ohio competitive in the global market as we create vibrant communities that attract and retain young, creative entrepreneurs. With a significant untapped resource of 3,700 National Register-listed properties - 3rd most nationally - Ohio holds a tremendous opportunity with the renewal of the OHPTC. We are all thankful to Councilman Cimperman and the Cleveland City Council for supporting this important resource.





Sustainable Cleveland 2019 logoWhat Can You Do to be More Sustainable at Home?

Our friends at GreenCityBlueLake have put together a great blog about the work of Sustainable Cleveland 2019's Green Building Retrofit Group. CRS participates in the Green Building Retrofit Group, and is proud of the work being done to kick off the 2011 Year of Energy Efficiency. GreenCityBlueLake shares the group's list of actions and resources for energy efficiency at home and at the office here.


Demo bookNew Booklet on Demolition by Neglect

A common problem faced by preservation advocates is how to protect historic buildings from demolition-by-neglect. A new publication by Julia Miller, special counsel and education coordinator for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, explores some of the regulatory approaches used by communities to ensure that properties are regularly maintained. In Doing Away with Demolition-by-Neglect, Miller addresses affirmative maintenance requirements and demolition-by-neglect procedures in historic preservation ordinances as well as approaches that may be used to resolve maintenance problems, enforce ordinances and deal with violations. The booklet also examines the role of historic preservation boards in preventing the needless demolition of historic structures under laws designed to protect the public against unsafe buildings. The booklet is available from


Upson HouseRare Opportunity to Own History

CRS offers the historic Upson House, 19027 Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights, for sale.  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 Cuyahoga County. Remodeled in the Colonial Revival style in 1940, this landmark residence exudes charm and has been lovingly maintained and updated. See the MLS listing. For more information contact Michael Fleenor at 216-426-3109.

 Upcoming Events


February 4

PechaKucha Night

House of Blues Cleveland

AIA Cleveland 


February 8

Winter Networking Session

Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

5:00 - 7:00 p.m., FREE

Register at

 NEO Chapter of the US Green Building Council


February 17

Reimagining Cleveland Vacant Land ReUse Forum and Photo-Documentation Exhibition Opening

Cleveland State University, Glickman-Miller Hall, 1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

4:00 - 6:30 p.m., FREE

Register online or by calling 216-523-7330

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs


February 19

Annual Meeting

St. Mary's Church School Auditorium, 15519 Holmes Ave., Cleveland

6:00 p.m., FREE

For more information contact or call 216-486-1298

Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society


February 20

Sleeping in Slave Cabins: A Personal Journey in Discovering History

Celebrating African American History Month

With Joseph McGill of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Karamu House, 2344 E. 89th St., Cleveland

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

RSVP via email or by calling 216-426-1000

Cleveland Restoration Society


February 24

"Behind Bayonets": The Civil War in Northern Ohio

Oberlin Public Library, 65 S. Main St., Oberlin

3:30 p.m.

RSVP to Karyn Norwood via email or by calling 440-774-1700

AmeriCorps Ohio History Service Program

Oberlin Heritage Center



Save the Date


March 25 - May 21

Don Hisaka, FAIA: The Cleveland ERA

Beck Center for the Arts

Cleveland Artists Foundation 


April 26-28

2011 Annual Preservation & Revitalization Statewide Conference

"Rehabbing Ohio's Economy; Leveraging Your Local Resources"


Heritage Ohio




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Cleveland, OH  44115

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