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  Kerri Broome, editor
December 2012  

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In This Issue
Holiday Happenings
CRS 40th Anniversary Luncheon
40th Anniversary Legacy Project
2013 Preservation Award Nominations Due
National Trust Seeking Nominations for 11 Most Endangered
Insider's Take on Federal Tax Reform
Final Push for CAPP Co-sponsors
Rypkema Receives National Award
Arts & Culture Roundtable
Public Notice of RFP for Stager-Beckwith Mansion
Dimit Architects in News
2013 Training Dates for Heritage Ohio
Volunteers for Marketing & Events Needed
Rent the Sarah Benedict House
More About CRS

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SBH door wreath Holiday Happenings


The Holiday Open House at the Sarah Benedict House for CRS members takes place this Sunday, December 9, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Enjoy a festive Victorian celebration with delicious food, good company, and a special visit from Santa! Bring the whole family for this wonderful holiday event! RSVP here.


Don't forget the preservationists on your list this season! Gift memberships in the Cleveland Restoration Society begin at $35 (family memberships are $55) with benefits that last for twelve months, making them excellent, affordable presents. Buy memberships at or by calling 216-426-1000.


CRS is also in the middle of our Annual Fund year-end campaign. Your gift in any amount is greatly appreciated. Donations and membership purchases can be completed securely online at And all donations to our organization stay in Cleveland and support our programs that save, reuse, and celebrate the legacy of our collective heritage of buildings and neighborhoods - the places that matter to us for their past, present, and future. 


Please note that CRS's office will be closed December 25 - January 1. Look for new events in 2013 and From our Sarah Benedict House to your house, we hope that you have a wonderful holiday!



40th Anniversary Community Luncheon Thanks for supporting our Community Luncheon! 

Our 40th Anniversary Community Luncheon at the Tudor Arms was a great success! Almost 300 were in attendance for this wonderful event, and they had a real treat. Not only was the venue spectacular - the Crystal Ballroom of the Tudor Arms Hotel, fabulously restored by MRN Ltd. - but the items on the program were all fantastic too.  We had the special recognition of CRS President Kathleen Crowther, new CRS Honorary Life Trustee Lin Emmons, and CRS volunteer Dorothy Bier and a very interesting and entertaining presentation by keynote speaker Jeff Greene of Evergreene Architectural Arts. You can see all of the pictures from the luncheon here.


Congratulation to the winners of our CRS membership baskets:


Phillip Taylor of Case Western Reserve University;

Donna Price of First Federal of Lakewood; and

Susie Barragate of Vocational Guidance Services


Thanks again to all of the sponsors and table hosts:


Sponsor Tables

First Federal of Lakewood 

Frost Architectural Preservation, Inc. 

Laborers' International Union of North America Local No. 860    

PlayhouseSquare Real Estate Services  

Turner Special Projects Division  


Patron Tables 

Benefits Resource Group  

The Chesler Group  

Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects, Inc. 

Cleveland Construction, Inc. 

Cleveland State University  

Coon Restoration and Sealants, Inc. 

Downtown Cleveland Alliance/Historic Gateway Neighborhood  

Corporation/Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation  

Lillian Emmons 

Grant Thornton LLP 

Herman Gibans Fodor Inc., Architects  

J & M Real Estate Advisors, Inc.  

Marous Brothers Construction  

National Trust Community Investment Corporation  

Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing    

The Sherwin-Williams Company  

Thompson Hine LLP  



NAACP conference 1919

CRS's 40th Anniversary Legacy Project

CRS is excited to announce that we are undertaking a survey of African American resources in Cleveland in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of our organization. The legacy of Cleveland's large African American population is under-represented in local surveys and in designated local and national landmarks. African American neighborhoods on Cleveland's east side have experienced a greater number of foreclosures and demolitions. A task force of local historians and content experts, chaired by CRS Honorary Life Trustee Bracy Lewis, will be convened in order to identify themes in African American history and resources or buildings under these themes that can be surveyed and documented.


Cleveland has been home to a number of distinguished persons in African American history, including poet Langston Hughes, Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, and inventor Garrett Morgan. Alexa McDonough has been assigned to CRS by Serve Ohio as part of the Ohio History Corps and will complete the survey and conduct research on the buildings identified.


In order to protect the buildings identified, CRS will work to get them designated. Over the past year, we have collaborated with Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson, who is systematically pursuing the designation of landmarks. We hope that other Cleveland City Council representatives will follow his lead in designating and protecting significant buildings in their wards and in using historic preservation as a means to distinguish their neighborhoods. (photo shown is the 1919 NAACP National Conference at St. John A.M.E. Church, photo courtesy of St. John A.M.E. Church



CRS & AIA Cleveland Seeking Nominations for 2013 Celebration of Preservation

The Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland will once again hold a Celebration of Preservation during historic preservation month of May, 2013. Nominations for the annual award program are now open. These Preservation Awards are bestowed upon individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence and outstanding commitment. Only a select number of recipients are chosen through a jury process, ensuring the best show of amazing transformations each year. Nominations may be made online here. If you have questions about the award program or a nomination, send it to Michael Fleenor, CRS director of preservation services.



National Trust Seeking Nominations for  

11 Most Endangered 

The National Trust is now accepting nominations for its 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. If you know of an important local site that would benefit from national attention, now is the time to take action. The deadline for nominating a site to the list is March 1, 2013. Additional information and the full nomination form are available here. To contact 11 Most program staff with questions, send an email or call 202-588-6141.



An Insider's Take on Federal Tax Reform Prospects

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Tax Credit Coalition comes this recent update on protecting and enhancing the Federal Historic Tax Credit: Tax reform remains a front-burner issue as a means to potentially provide a boost to American business or to help close the budget deficit. Many big decisions must be made and a lot of trade-offs will be necessary. Each and every tax expenditure will be considered and scrutinized, including the historic tax credit. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) has confirmed in a recent speech that his committees will take up tax reform in 2013. As tax reform moves forward, there is a real opportunity to protect the credit and improve it - addressing concerns and technical issues that have arisen over the course of the credit's history.



Final Push for CAPP Co-sponsors in the 112th Congress

Also from the National Trust comes an update of the CAPP Act. With Congress back in town to complete the lame duck session, a final push is on to gain co-sponsors for the Creating American Prosperity through Preservation (CAPP) Act, (S.2074 / H.R.2479). Adding co-sponsors at this late date will set the table for a strong push in the next Congress to protect and enhance the historic tax credit when Congress considers tax reform legislation. Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY), John Olver (D-MA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Susan Davis (D-CA), Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Ed Markey (D-MA) are among recent co-sponsors. Read more about this issue here.



Donovan Rypkema

Rypkema Receives  

Crowninshield Award

Donovan Rypkema, principal of Place Economics, was recently awarded the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's highest honor. Heritage Ohio recently posted Mr. Rypkema's award acceptance speech (click here to read). Place Economics is a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm that specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. Mr. Rypkema, no stranger to Ohio and CRS, will be featured at Heritage Ohio's 2013 annual conference.



Arts and Culture Roundtable

On November 20, an Arts and Cultural Roundtable was held with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. Mr. FitzGerald discussed his Western Reserve Plan and opportunities for engagement with the arts and culture sector. Everyone is encouraged to continue the conversation at the forum on Civic Commons.



Stager-Beckwith Mansion

Public Notice of RFP for Stager-Beckwith Mansion

The City of Cleveland is soliciting proposals from qualified firms interested in redeveloping the Stager Beckwith Mansion, located at 3813 Euclid Avenue. If your firm is interested, please request a formal Request for Proposals package using the contact information below or download the RFP from the City of Cleveland's website. Proposals must be submitted to Daniel Budish, Development Officer, no later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. Contact Mr. Budish via email with questions at Questions will be answered in formal written addendums issued several times over the course of the RFP timeframe.



Analia Dimit

Dimit Architects in News 

CRS Trustee Analia Nanni Dimit was recently featured in a write-up by Plain Dealer art & architecture critic Steve Litt. Click here to read the article in its entirety.







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Heritage Ohio Announces  

2013 Training Dates

Heritage Ohio has announced the dates for its 2013 Quarterly Revitalization Training Series. Workshops will be held in Painesville, Troy, Norwalk and Millersburg and will cover the topics of "Arts as Economic Development", "Diversity in Your Downtown", "Fostering Good Design in Public Space" and "Marketing Main Street". Click here for more information.



Celebration of Preservation

Volunteers for Marketing & Events

CRS is looking to engage supporters and raise awareness during our 40th anniversary year celebration. We need volunteers who can be part of our Events /Marketing Committee in 2013. Help us plan and execute fun events spotlighting our accomplishments, like our awards program, membership and networking events, neighborhood, annual benefit, snoops, and members receptions. Specific duties may include finding event venues, negotiating great rates, coordinating guests or speakers, and marketing & PR. Time commitment is up to 5 hours/week. Contact Felicia Hall for more information.  



wedding at the Sarah Benedict House

Rent the Sarah Benedict House  

for Your Event 

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.  Built in 1883, the house is fully restored and rehabilitated and offers four accessible rooms on its first floor, two restrooms, a catering kitchen, and a beautiful garden. There is ample, free parking. Contact Felicia Hall for more information.       





Upcoming Events    



December 5

Webinar: "How to Legally Maximize Your Leverage with Elected Officials!"

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

Heritage Ohio


December 5

13th Annual Warehouse District Holiday Tour

Kick-off Reception at Bridgeview Apartments Atrium, 1300 W. Ninth St., Cleveland

5:30 - 11:00, call 216-344-3937, $$

Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation


December 6

Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

Ariel International Center, 1163 E. 40th St., Cleveland

5:30 - 8:30 p.m., RSVP to or 216-664-3605

The Cleveland Citywide Development Corporation

Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition


December 6

2nd Annual Holiday Open House

Root Candles, 623 West Liberty St., Medina

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Main Street Medina


December 9

Dunham Tavern Holiday Tour

6709 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

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

Dunham Tavern 

December 9

Holiday Open House

3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

2:00 - 5:00 p.m., RSVP required, FREE for members 

Cleveland Restoration Society


December 22

Tour of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

3 Public Square, Cleveland

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., FREE

Woodland Cemetery Foundation


Save the Date    


January 24

Cleveland Ward 1 Club Community Meeting

Presenting on Heritage Home Program(SM)

Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Rd., Cleveland

7:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society


January 28

40th Birthday Party with Cake and Coffee

Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Ave. E, Cleveland

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland Restoration Society


February 11

Presentation: "Why Preservation?"

Cuyahoga County Public Library, 14600 State Rd., North Royalton

7:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society


February 21

Presentation: "Recently Historic: Houses of the 1950s - 1960s"

7:00 p.m., FREE

Perry Public Library, 3753 Main St., Perry

Cleveland Restoration Society


February 24

African American History Month Event

Featuring Dr. Clement A. Price

Karamu House

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Cleveland Restoration Society




Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000