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Kerri Broome, editor
July 2011

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In This Issue
Columbia Building to be Demolished
State Treasurer Doubles CRS Support to $10 Million
2011 11 Most Endangered
Preservation=Jobs Report Updated
State of Main Street
National Preservation Conference Registration Open
MidTown Cleveland to Rehab Euclid Avenue Buildings
Doan Classroom Building Slated for Rehab
ASM Landmark Project
Howe House in Akron to Connect to Towpath
See Architect-Designed Birdhouses at Botanical Garden
Welcome New Staff to CRS
CRS Summer Benefit
CRS Annual Membership Meeting
More About CRS

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Columbia Building

Columbia Building to be Demolished for Casino Parking   

After over two hours of heated discussion, the Cleveland Landmarks Commission approved the demolition of the landmark Columbia Building on Prospect Avenue in a close 4-3 vote. The demolition is part of a parking plan brought forward by Rock Gaming for a casino they are creating in the Higbee Building.CRS expressed our opposition to the demolition of the Columbia at this meeting, as we have at other meetings on this topic, and expressed our concerns over other problems we see with the parking plan. It is our strong belief that the other scenarios to meet parking needs are possible without demolishing and degrading Cleveland's heritage and robbing an urban neighborhood of vitality. Please review our full opinion on this topic: CRS Opinion Regarding Casino Parking Plan. 


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State Treasurer Doubles CRS Support to $10 Million Annually  

At the Celebration of Preservation in May, Deputy Treasurer of State Bill Bishilany announced that his office has doubled its financial support of the Cleveland Restoration Society's Heritage Home Program(SM), from $5 million to now $10 million annually.  The State Treasurer's Office, under Treasurer Josh Mandel, gives these funds to provide the low interest rate that is the hallmark of the Heritage Home Program(SM). This partnership is the result of a multi-year effort on the part of CRS to gain funding for the program at the state level, and allows us to offer the program to a greater number of homeowners in Northeast Ohio. The program terms emphasize energy efficiency improvements through Eco-Link, with attractive rates and terms. To learn more, visit



11 Most Endangered 2011

2011 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places« Released

While sensitive to the fact that there are many exceptional historic places across the country under threat, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has complied and released the 24th annual America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Click here to see the full list. Whether threatened by lack of funding, vacancy, energy technologies, or environmental changes, recognition of threat is the first step to helping save each treasured place. Advocacy, policy change, and thoughtful development will help progress the success of their fate.



Preservation=Jobs: Updated Report Available

In 2010, Rutgers University released a comprehensive report that analyzed the economic impact of the federal rehabilitation tax credit since its inception in 1976. The ground-breaking report provides detailed information about the program's strong job-creation and economic development impact. An updated report that includes 2010 data is now available for download. An abbreviated flyer, created by the Historic Tax Credit Coalition in conjunction with the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, is also available. To read more, go here. 



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State of Main Street offers insight & optimism

National Trust Main Street Director Doug Loescher reported on the State of Main Street at the 2011 Main Street Conference, held in May. His analysis of 500 plus local programs provides insight to the innovative perseverance Main Street communities are practicing through the economic downturn. Pop-up storefronts, or temporary leases, use of social media, and "green" initiatives have been at the forefront of their success. As a result, fifty percent of Main Street programs were holding their own against nearby commercial districts, while thirty-five percent were doing better than surrounding commercial strip centers. From Maine to Texas, inspiring examples abound in this summary.



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National Preservation Conference Registration Now Open

The Cleveland Restoration Society is excited to let you know about the 2011 National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, New York. This informative and enjoyable four-day event will take place in, and around, downtown Buffalo from October 19- 22. The Buffalo of today is a vibrant city that has been built upon a strong industrial heritage. The birthplace of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, it is where many influential architects practiced their trade and left their stylistic mark. During the conference, educational sessions in 14 different topic tracks will be offered that explore this year's theme of "Alternating Currents." Come meet and mingle with preservationists from all over and be a part of this year's action and dialogue - it's so close to Northeast Ohio this year! Hurry - discounted early-bird registration is available until July 31.



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MidTown Cleveland to Rehab Euclid Avenue Buildings

Progress will continue at MidTown Tech Park with the plans MidTown Cleveland Inc. shared at its annual meeting. Plans include rehabilitating a 40,000 square-foot building at 7000 Euclid Avenue and redevelopment of the Cleveland Agora and intersection of East 55th Street and Euclid Avenue. The development of MidTown Tech Park is to attract and retain business of all fields.



Doan Classroom

Doan Classroom Apartments in Glenville to be Rehabilitated

Rehabilitation of the 1904 Frank Barnum-designed Doan Elementary School has started by the Famicos Foundation, a Cleveland nonprofit community development corporation. In its new use, the Doan Classroom Apartments will provide 45 apartment units for low-income seniors and disabled persons. After purchasing the vacant property from foreclosure, Famicos has used funds from a variety of sources such as low-interest Neighborhood Stabilization Program loans and Federal Historic Tax Credits to finance the $7.4 million in construction costs. In addition to the complete restoration of the building's historic fašade, the interior of the Doan will be updated with all new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire-suppression systems. The project will meet the green construction standards set by the City of Cleveland, demonstrating that the adaptive re-use and recycling of buildings is truly environmentally friendly and aware green construction. Project architect Paul Volpe said, "This structure was so well designed and built, that even after more than 100 years it stands strong. There is no reason that, following this rehabilitation, it won't serve as a beautiful neighborhood landmark for another century."



ASM International Material Park

ASM International Headquarters to be Renovated

Located in the countryside of Geauga County stands an engineering feat and National Register listed historical landmark, the headquarters of ASM International, the Materials Information Society. Built in 1959, ASM headquarters was a vision of William Hunt, one of the ASM's founders and managing directors, prominent Cleveland architect John Terrance Kelly, and renowned architect R. Buckminster Fuller. The world's largest open-work geodesic dome is made of thirteen miles of tubular aluminum, stands 103 feet high and 250 feet in diameter and weighs 80 tons. Although the dome attracts the visitor's immediate attention, the office building underneath the dome is nothing to disregard. The semi-circular building has 50,000-square-feet of office space boasting floating staircases, large panel windows, copper doors and brass handrails. Working with the Chesler Group, a multi-million dollar renovation is underway to accommodate up-to-date technology, install efficient mechanical systems, a "green" grass and soil roof, and repairs to corrosion. The extent of these renovations is expensive, but will be offset by $1.4 million in tax credits afforded by the National Register Historic Landmark status.



Howe House

Akron Landmark Connects to Towpath

The Richard Howe House, built in 1836 for Ohio Canal Engineer Richard Howe, is one of two Federal style homes in the area. The regional landmark was relocated from its original location, next to the Akron Beacon Journal, to the current location at 47 West Exchange Street. At the new location on the canal, the Howe House will provide a visitor's center for the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway, a meeting center, and offices for the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. University of Akron senior Engineering students worked with the City of Akron and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition to design a connector trail from the house to the Towpath Trail, which is scheduled for completion before the end of the year.



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Architect-Designed Birdhouses on Display at Botanical Garden

A collaborative exhibit entitled "FOR THE BIRDS: Architect Designed Birdhouses is on display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden from now until October 1, 2011.  The Botanical Garden, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, Cleveland Chapter, has commissioned twenty professional architects to design birdhouses for this exhibit. In addition to the more whimsical designs, four of the birdhouses built by Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design students display distinct historical styles such as "shingle/stick," "prairie and beyond," "modernism" and "postwar suburbia." The fanciful avian abodes, which are located throughout the ten acres of outdoor garden, will be auctioned off on eBay in September.



Mary Ogle and Jessica Ugarte Welcome New Staff to CRS!

CRS is pleased to announce that two new staff members have joined the organization. Mary Ogle (left) and Jessica Ugarte (right) have been hired as program assistants. They will be helping out with day-to-day functions in the loan program, providing technical assistance, as well as assisting with a multitude of other responsibilities in many areas of our operations. Mary is a native Clevelander who has just graduated with a Master's in Historic Preservation from Ursuline College. Jessica has relocated to the area from Austin, Texas, where she graduated from the University of Texas with her Master's in Historic Preservation.  Both women bring terrific customer service and administrative skills to CRS, in addition to their preservation knowledge. Welcome aboard!



A Night in Rio CRS Benefit Goes South to Rio
Join us on July 23 for an exciting summer party to benefit CRS. Dinner, dancing, music and entertainment await you in one of Fairmount Boulevard's most beautiful historic homes. Come tour the home and gardens, taste the exotic flavors of South America, enjoy Caipiroska cocktails created just for this event, listen to the sounds of latin jazz by Los Gatos, see dance demonstrations, and even take some Mambo lessons!  There will also be raffle baskets and CRS's popular "Wine Cellar Raffle". Tickets are $175 per person, with VIP tickets available for $250 per person (VIP benefits include valet parking, a cocktail reception with the home's owners, reserved dinner seating, and more). RSVP today!


CRS Annual Meeting Annual Membership Meeting Notice
On Tuesday, July 19, the annual meeting of the Cleveland Restoration Society will be convened at 9:00 a.m. at the Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland.  The new slate of trustees will be elected and a report given of CRS's work in the past year. The business meeting will be followed by refreshments and a chance for informal conversation with trustees and staff. Please join us! RSVP here.


Party like it's 1883!
Are you looking for a unique venue for your next special event or business meeting?  Consider the historic Sarah Benedict House, located in the heart of the MidTown neighborhood at 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland. The house was built in 1883 for Sarah Rathbone Benedict, the widow of Cleveland Herald publisher George Benedict. The Sarah Benedict House offers 4 accessible rooms on its first floor, separate restrooms for men and women, and a kitchen for catering. A beautiful garden is just steps away, with both open grass and paved levels separated by a sculptural fountain. The house has ample, free parking and easy access to freeways. This fully restored gem is waiting for you. Contact Felicia Hall today!



Upcoming Events


July 6

Webinar: "Nonprofits: The Legal Landscape" 

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., registration required, FREE  

Heritage Ohio


July 12
Webinar: "How to Prepare Federal Historic Preservation Certification Applications"
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., registration required, $
Ohio Historic Preservation Office

July 13
14th Annual Walk & Dine

5:30 - 11:00 p.m., downtown Cleveland, call 216-771-1994 for reservations, $$ 

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation

July 13
"A Life Recorded One Day at a Time: Fannie Bailey, Oberlin, and The Civil War"
7:15 p.m., Kendal at Oberlin, Heiser Auditorium, FREE
Oberlin Heritage Center

July 19

Annual Membership Meeting 

Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland 

9:00 - 10:00 a.m., RSVP online or call 216-426-1000, FREE  

Cleveland Restoration Society   


July 23 

"A Night in Rio" Benefit 

2900 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights   

7:00 - 11:00 p.m., RSVP online or call 216-426-1000, $$$  

Cleveland Restoration Society    




Save the Date


August 4

Summer Networking Event

Clifton Martini & Wine Bar, 10427 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland

5:00 - 7:00 p.m., registration required 

Northeast Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council

National Preservation Conference


August 7

7th Annual Warehouse District Street Festival

12:00 - 8:00 p.m., West Sixth St. from Frankfort to Lakeside, FREE 

Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation  


October 19-22 

National Preservation Conference

Buffalo, NY, registration open, $$$

National Trust for Historic Preservation 





Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000