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  Kerri Broome, editor
April 2012  

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In This Issue
New Lower Heritage Program Rates
Canton Site Visit Days
2012 Celebration of Preservation
2011 Federal Historic Tax Credit Report
Shaker Heights Preservation Awards Nominations Due
CAC Annual Report to be Released
In Memoriam: Judge Lillian Burke
State Preservation Conference Early Registration Extended
New Exhibit at Shaker Historical Society
Lakewood Old House Fair on May 5
History Walk Training in Oberlin
Office Space For Rent
More About CRS

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Heritage Home Program house under constructionNew Lower Loan Rates For Heritage Home Program(SM)

Planning work for your home this spring or summer? We can help!


The spring construction season has fully sprung, and the Heritage Home Program(SM) is ready to help you with your home repair and rehab needs, with loan rates that are more affordable than ever before!


Ask our qualified technical staff your questions about home rehabilitation and improvement that you've been thinking about all winter. We can help you with general maintenance tips, color consults, energy efficiency suggestions, and educational resources to help you with those around the house, do-it-yourself repairs.  


Contact us to find out more about our low-interest, fixed-rate home rehab loans. With the Ohio Housing Finance Agency's recent approval of a new rate for the program, homeowners in Heritage Partner areas outside of the City of Cleveland may now be eligible for home rehab financing as low as 2%, and qualified Cleveland homeowners can now attain 1.4% financing.


Call 216-426-1000 or send an email to to learn more. 


Stay tuned for more updates about our continued efforts to get even more of  Ohio's residents quality assistance and the best financing rates for home related projects!






Canton Site Visit Days

The Canton Heritage Home Program(SM) helps owners of older and historic properties (homes at least fifty years old) in the city of Canton to maintain and repair their homes. Owners can get free expert advice and may qualify for low-interest financing to complete many different types of repairs, from routine maintenance to a large renovation project. If you have questions about the rehabilitation or restoration of your home, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a site visit, call the program staff toll free at 1-855-897-1949. Site visits will be held in Canton on the following upcoming days: Friday, April 20 and Tuesday, May 1. This program is FREE for homeowners in the city of Canton. More information can be found at


Save the Date for the 2012 Celebration of Preservation when our architectural heritage takes center stage!  

Allen Theatre Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 16 and join us at the 2012 Celebration of Preservation. This year the event will be held at the newly renovated (and 2012 award nominee) Allen Theatre! Our jury has been meeting to determine the award winners and we know you will be pleased with the results. Tickets will be on sale soon. Advertising space is available in our event program. Contact us for details. If you would like a sneak peak at the winners, become a friend of CRS on Facebook. We will give you clues to the award-winning projects in the weeks leading up to the celebration!  Photo by Kevin G. Reeves - Photographer. 




2011 Report Cover2011 Statistical Report on the Federal Historic Tax Credit

The National Park Service has released its 2011 report on the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, announcing that last year $4.02 billion in rehabilitation tax credit work was approved and 55,458 jobs were created. To see the report click here.





Send in Nominations for Shaker Heights' 14th Annual Preservation Awards

The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission is now seeking nominations for the 2012 Preservation Awards program. Exterior projects completed within the last two years are eligible. Recipients are acknowledged for success in preserving, rehabilitating, restoring or interpreting the architectural integrity and cultural heritage of a Shaker home or building. Projects may be nominated in the following categories: Retention of Original Materials, Exterior Restoration, Excellence in Stewardship, Distinguished Landscape, and Architecturally Appropriate Addition. Property owners, architects, or contractors can nominate themselves and/or others. Nominations can be submitted for all residential and non-residential building types. The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission established its Preservation Awards program in 1998 to recognize and highlight efforts by property owners who have preserved and improved their properties. This awards program is mirrored after the program established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971. Nominations must be submitted by April 27 to the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission. Nomination forms and a list of previous award winners are available at or by contacting Ann Klavora at 216-491-1436 or





2011 impact

CAC Annual Report to be Released

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) funds arts and culture programs all over Cuyahoga County, in a wide range of places. In 2011, CAC's 120 cultural partners, including the Cleveland Restoration Society, provided programs in nearly every city in Cuyahoga County. In fact, 120 CAC-supported organizations served residents with arts and culture programs at 1,389 distinct locations in Cuyahoga County. Each dot on this map represents a location where CAC-funded programming took place in 2011. On Monday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m., CAC will release its Report to the Community at its annual meeting. Included in the report is additional information that shows the impact of the work being done by CAC and its partner organizations. The annual meeting is open to the public. See the calendar below for more information.




Judge Lillian Burke

In Memoriam: Judge Lillian Burke

Judge Lillian Burke, one of the Cleveland Restoration Society's Honorary Life Trustees and a charter member of the organization, died on March 27 at the age of 94. 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 was recently honored for her role in "paving 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. As a resident of the East Boulevard Historic District of Cleveland, Judge Burke 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 played a key role in the conversion of many of the co-ops on East Boulevard to condominiums, thereby stabilizing their value in the marketplace. Her husband died in 1982 and she is survived by a son. Services were held on April 2. Photo by Robert Mullerat.





State Preservation Conference Early Registration Extended

Heritage Ohio has extended early registration for the 2012 Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference until Friday, April 13. The conference will be held May 8 - 10 at the Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Toledo. CRS will be presenting the Heritage Home Program(SM) as one of the educational sessions.  Click these links to see the full conference schedule and complete list of sessions.







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New Exhibit at Shaker Historical Society

The latest exhibit at the Shaker Historical Society celebrating the centennial of the city of Shaker Heights will open on April 8. "Thriving Through Adversity" recognizes the fact that the 1929 stock market crash appeared to have little effect on the growth of this suburb. In 1935, 152 homes with a median cost of $10,400 were built; World War II united the community in creating victory Gardens; and in the '40s and '50s, neighborhood hangouts were established. The exhibit is open through June 29. The society and museum is located at 16740 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights. See the website for hours and fees.





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Annual Lakewood Old House Fair to be Held May 5

Come to Harding Middle School, at Hilliard & Madison Avenues in Lakewood, on Saturday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for the annual Lakewood Old House Fair. This event serves as a home improvement one-stop shop with special focus on areas unique to Lakewood's abundance of older homes and living spaces. Goods and services are all related to improvement, remodel, repair, beautification, and decorating of living spaces we call home. Unlike the larger home expos of the Cleveland area this event is a nonprofit community service purposely kept small in order to stay focused on sustaining century homes for another 100 years and respecting the integrity of old homes. Admission is free. It won't take long to make it through the sixty or so exhibitors but you will be pleased with the quality and expertise of the exhibitors when it comes to older homes. Make sure you stop by the Cleveland Restoration Society's table. Admission is free and there will be home-related door prizes and booth raffle giveaways. Two presentations are still being finalized and will be from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. For more information about exhibiting in this event you can visit or contact Lakewood Hardware, 16608 Madison Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-226-8822, go to , and watch for more information at





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Soldiers & Civilians History Walk Training in Oberlin

The Oberlin Heritage Center has created a new guided "history walk" to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and is looking for volunteers to assist with it. Volunteers must be willing to learn more about Oberlin's perceptions of the War, both on the battlefield and at the home front, and then become trained in how to present this information in the format of a 75-minute walking tour. The free training workshop will take place on Sunday, May 6, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., beginning at the Monroe House, 73 South Professor Street in Oberlin. Register by May 2 online at or by phone at 440-774-1700.







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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


April 9

Annual Meeting

Smith Studio at Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, 1375 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

4:00 p.m, FREE

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture


April 11

"Heritage Home Program 101"

Lyndhurst Community Center, 1341 Parkview Dr., Lyndhurst

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., FREE

 Cleveland Restoration Society 


April 14

SNOOP! Tour of the Tudor Arms

DoubleTree Tudor Arms Hotel, 10660 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., FREE for CRS members, RSVP online 

Cleveland Restoration Society


April 18

"Heritage Home Program 101"

Lyndhurst Community Center, 1341 Parkview Dr., Lyndhurst

7:00 - 8:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society 


April 25

"Behind the Scenes at the Oberlin Heritage Center"

Kendat at Oberlin, Heiser Auditorium

7:15 p.m., FREE

Oberlin Heritage Center




Save the Date  


May 5

Lakewood Old House Fair

Harding Middle School, 16601 Hilliard Rd., Lakewood

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., FREE


May 6

Soldiers & Civilians History Walk Training

Monroe House, 73 South Professor Street, Oberlin

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., register at or by phone at (440) 774-1700

Oberlin Heritage Center


May 8-10

Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference

Grand Plaza Hotel, Toledo

Registration is now open, $$ 

Heritage Ohio


May 16

Celebration of Preservation

5:30 p.m., Allen Theatre, $, RSVP online 

Cleveland Restoration Society 

AIA Cleveland


June 15

Third Annual Beer & Brats @ the Benedict

Friday, June 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., $$, RSVP to 

Cleveland Restoration Society







Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000