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Kerri Broome, editor
February 2012

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In This Issue
John Marshall High School to be Demolished
Heritage Program More Affordable!
CLG Applications Due March 1
State Tax Forms Offer History Check-off
New Report from National Trust on Sustainability
League Park Restoration Going Forward
Cleveland Neighborhood Exhibit Opens in Columbus
Home Repair Resource Center Available
Cleveland Heights Looking for Volunteers
Book Focuses on South Euclid History
Oberlin Has Opportunities for Students
CRS Honorary Life Trustee Lauded
Office Space For Rent
More About CRS

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Cleveland to Lose Another Sturdy Landmark School with Indoor Pool, Jogging Track and Classic Auditorium


John Marshall High School exterior detail 

By a vote of 5-4, John Marshall High School, 3593 West 140th Street, was approved for demolition at the Cleveland Landmarks Commission meeting on January 12, 2012. Voting in favor of demolition were Director of City Planning Bob Brown, City of Cleveland Manager of Architecture and Site Development Robert Vilkas, Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland (who substituted at the last minute for Alan Dreyer), Councilman Anthony Brancatelli, and citizen member John Torres, owner of a construction company that sells structural building systems. Voting against demolition were citizen members Laura Bala, historian; Thomas Coffey, senior counsel with Tucker Ellis & West LLP, Howard Hanna Realtor Michael Rastatter Jr., and architect Bill Mason of URS Corporation. All of the citizen members who attended the walk-through of the landmark school voted against demolition, except for the chairman, who only votes in the case of a tie.  

 John Marshall High School pool

The meeting stirred up passionate debate about whether or not to demolish the neighborhood landmark. The voice of John Marshall alumni, neighborhood residents, historic preservationists, and heritage conservation enthusiasts was loud and clear - advocating for renovation, at least partial renovation, to utilize the original main building that fronts W. 140th Street, the indoor swimming pool and jogging track, and a fine classic school auditorium. The proposed new building will be about 33% smaller than the existing building. The cost of demolition of the school was never provided, despite the commission specifically requesting this information.


 Council President Martin Sweeney supported demolition and is eager for the new construction to round out the string of new K-8 schools in his Ward 18. The school is scheduled to officially close in June 2012 and the students will be relocated to a "swing school" until the new building is completed.


Be an informed citizen!  Click here to go to the Cleveland Landmarks Commission January 12, 2012 online agenda, which has additional pictures of the school and the presentation provided to the commission in two separate PDFs. Note that on slide 5 of the "John Marshall Masterplan Options" PDF, the cost of demolition is not included in this cost presentation. 


(Top image courtesy of the Save John Marshall High School Facebook group.) 





Cleveland Ward 5 house

The Heritage Home Loan is Even More Affordable!

In January's Perspectives we announced that homes with vinyl and aluminum siding are now eligible for the Heritage Home loan. Now we are excited to announce additional adjustments to make the program even more affordable! The After-Rehabilitation loan escrow fee is now $200 (reduced from $500) and the Technical Assistance Fee will be on a graduated scale. For loans of $3,000 to $10,000, the TA fee is waived. The TA fee is 1% for loans of $10,001 to $25,000 and 2% for loans of $25,000 or more.


Program NCouncilwoman Phyllis Clevelandow Available in Councilman Michael Polensek

Cleveland Wards 5 and 11

CRS is happy to welcome Ward 5, supported by Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, and Ward 11, supported by Councilman Michael Polensek, to the Heritage Home Program(SM).  



Please email the Heritage Home Program staff at or call 216- 426-1000 to learn more.





CLG Subgrant Applications Due March 1

Ohio communities that have been designated through the Certified Local Government (CLG) program are invited to apply for funding for a wide range of historic preservation projects. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, which provides financial support to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. This year, $110,579 has been made available to Ohio's CLG communities, with a required match of only 40%. More information is available on the OHPO website. The deadline for applying is March 1.






State Tax Form News For You

This year, for the first time, you can dedicate part or all of your state income tax refund to history-related projects in communities across Ohio. A tax check-off for the Ohio Historical Society has been added to Ohio's 1040 and 1040EZ tax forms. The society will use revenues generated by the tax check-off to create a grants program to support history-related projects, including historic preservation projects. The grant program will be unveiled this spring. The tax check-off was sought by the Ohio Historical Society and nine partner organizations including Heritage Ohio, the Ohio Academy of History, Ohio Archaeological Council, Ohio Council for Social Studies, Ohio Genealogical Society, Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, Ohio Local History Alliance, Preservation Ohio and the Society of Ohio Archivists.






NTHP Greenest Building Report

New National Trust Report on Sustainability

A study released in January by the Preservation Green Lab gives the most comprehensive research to date showing how preservation is good for the environment. Available online, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse shows how retro-fitting an old building almost always saves more energy than framing up a new one - even if the new building is eco-friendly.






League Park postcard

League Park Restoration to Begin 

A long time in the planning stages, the restoration of Cleveland's League Park baseball field appears set to begin. The park, located at East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue in the Hough neighborhood, is the former home of the Cleveland Indians and the 1945 Negro League champion Cleveland Buckeyes. The first game was played at the ballpark in 1891, with pitcher Cy Young playing for the Cleveland Spiders. Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run the park in 1929. League Park will undergo $5 million in renovations beginning this spring or summer, under the planning of City Architecture, Inc. A community building with museum, a youth baseball field, and a field for football and soccer are also part of the project. The work is expected to take approximately one year.




Cleveland Neighborhood Exhibit Open at Ohio History Center in Columbus

Currently on display at the Ohio History Center in Columbus is a provocative display of photographs featuring Cleveland's neighborhoods.In this remarkable exhibit, Cleveland photographer Chuck Mintz documents foreclosed homes in neighborhoods where he has lived, including his childhood home. Mintz incorporates data about changes in the neighborhood's median income and from the U.S. Census. Called "Every Place I Have Ever Lived: The Foreclosure Crisis in 12 Neighborhoods," the images will be on display through March 18, 2012. The center is located at 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus. Check the center's website for hours.





Home Repair Resource Center Open to Residents From All Communities

The Home Repair Resource Center in Cleveland Heights offers home repair and maintenance workshops, home finance education, a tool rental program, and educational resources. The home repair workshops are now open to residents of all communities. Spaces are limited, and reservations are a must! Also new is the Home Resource Center located at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Main Library where you can find videos, DVDs, and handouts about home projects. The center is a nonprofit organization established in 1971 as a mission outreach of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church to maintain and strengthen the houses of Cleveland Heights and to support the community's rich diversity.





Cleveland Heights historic image

Cleveland Heights App to be Expanded - Volunteers Needed

FutureHeights, the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, and the Cleveland Heights Landmarks Commission are partnering with Cleveland State University's Center for Public History + Digital Humanities to add 40 sites to the Cleveland Historical mobile app (available for iPhone and Android). The new places will be organized around four focal points in Cleveland Heights: Coventry Village, Dugway Brook, Euclid Golf, and Noble Road. Project organizers are looking for volunteers to research each site and contribute a 300-400 word narrative, and images with and short captions for the app. Training sessions will be conducted. The active research phase of the project will run from February through April. For more information, call FutureHeights at 216-320-1423 or send an e-mail to





South Euclid book cover

"Images of America" Focuses on South Euclid

The latest book in the Arcadia Publishing series "Images of America," South Euclid, was compiled by Bob McKimm and Frank Sillag. The book is $21.99 and can be purchased at Notre Dame College's Clara Fritzsche Library, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society and through Arcadia Publishing. To recognize the publication, Notre Dame's Library gallery is featuring an exhibit of photographs and artifacts from the collection of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society. The exhibit is free and will be open to the public now until February 29, 2012.




Oberlin Heritage Center

Got Students? Field Trip Ideas in Oberlin

Consider a spring field trip to make history come alive for students of all ages at the Oberlin Heritage Center. The center is currently accepting reservations for guided tours of its historic sites, history walks through nearby community neighborhoods or hands-on-history programs in its one-room, pioneer-era Little Red Schoolhouse. All tours and programs can be tailored to enhance school lessons and meet academic content standards. The award-winning Oberlin Heritage Center is located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland. The organization is accredited by the American Association of Museums and operates a site of three beautifully preserved historic buildings. Advance reservations are required for all field trips. For more information call Liz Schultz at 440-774-1700 or email





Judge Lillian Burke

CRS Honorary Life Trustee Judge Burke Honored

Judge Lillian Burke, one of the Cleveland Restoration Society's Honorary Life Trustees, was recently recognized for her years of groundbreaking service. Judge Burke was the first African American woman to sit on the bench in the State of Ohio with her appointment to Cleveland Municipal Court in January 1969. She was also was the first woman ever elected to serve as an Administrative Judge of a Municipal Court in Ohio. Judge Burke retired in 1987. She is regarded as having "paved the way" for African American women in Ohio's judiciary. African American women serve on every court in the State, including the Ohio Supreme Court with the appointment of Yvette McGee Brown. Judge Burke was an early member of CRS, which was created by a diverse group of individuals.  As a resident of the East Boulevard Historic District of Cleveland, she recognized the value of her neighborhood's solid housing stock and was instrumental in the creation of CRS's first program offering assistance to homeowners, our Neighborhood Historic Preservation Program. She playing a key role in the conversion of many of the co-ops on East Boulevard to condominiums, thereby stabilizing their value in the marketplace Photo courtesy Cleveland Municipal Court. 




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Office Space Available in MidTown

The historic Sarah Benedict House has a suite available for rent. Share the third floor with prestigious Cleveland nonprofits looking for a roommate. The house is well-located in an established neighborhood with easy access to highways and downtown and ample, free parking. In addition to the fully improved office space, there are meeting rooms on the first floor of the house available for use for free. The garden, open seasonally, can also be reserved for events, and is a wonderful spot for a restful lunch break.  A kitchen is provided for individual use or catering. To arrange a tour and find out more contact Felicia Hall.       





Upcoming Events


Now through March 30

Exhibit: "The Selling of Peaceful Shaker Village"

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights  

Tuesday - Friday, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 2: 00 - 5:00 p.m., FREE for members, $ 

Shaker Historical Society



February 1

Twitter Chat on Inter-generational Preservation

4:00 p.m., @PresNationLive

National Trust for Historic Preservation 


February 4

Public Tours of PlayhouseSquare

Tours start every 15 minutes from the State Theatre Lobby 

10:00 - 11:30 a.m., FREE 

PlayhouseSquare Foundation 


February 5

"The Famous Architects of Shaker Heights"

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

4:00 p.m., FREE for members, $

Shaker Historical Society


February 7

Winter Networking Session/"Library" Night

Battery Park Wine Bar, 7524 Father Frascati Ave., Cleveland

5:00 - 7:00 p.m., FREE but registration requested

NEO Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council


February 8

Cuyahoga Valley Civil War Roundtable

Peninsula Library, 6105 Riverview Rd., Peninsula

7:30 p.m., FREE

Peninsula Valley Historic & Education Foundation


February 10

PechaKucha Night Cleveland

Cleveland House of Blues, doors open at 7:00 p.m., FREE

PechaKucha Night Cleveland 


February 23

Annual Meeting & Dinner

Todaro's Party Center , 1820 Akron Peninsula Rd., Akron

5:30 p.m., $$, buy tickets online

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition


February 23

Annual Meeting

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 6928 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland

Dinner 5:30 p.m., meeting 6:30 p.m., RSVP to 216-961-4242 ext. 225, $

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization


March 1

Statehood Day


9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., registration required, $

Heritage Ohio




Save the Date  


April 1 - 4

2012 National Main Streets Conference

Baltimore, registration open, $$$

National Trust for Historic Preservation



Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000