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  Kerri Broome, editor
March 2013  

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In This Issue
CRS Awarded Grant from Ohio History Fund
Women in History Month Event
Heritage Home Program Update
Round 10 of the State Historic Preservation Tax Credit
Fifth Church of Christ Scientist Update
West Side Mark Update
Arts and Culture at the Heart of a Sustainable Community
Heritage Ohio's 2013 Preservation Awards
Ohio's Top Preservation Opportunities
New Sacred Landmarks Book
2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio
Building Doctor 2013
Women's Repair Course
Share Your Old CRS Photos
Rent the Sarah Benedict House
More About CRS

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CRS Awarded Grant from Ohio Historical Society Tax Check Off

The Cleveland Restoration Society is pleased to announce that it has received one of only eleven grants awarded in 2013 through the Ohio Historical Society's History Fund grant program, which is entirely funded through Ohio taxpayers' voluntary contributions. The grant funds will be used for CRS's 40th anniversary legacy project, to survey, identify, nominate and celebrate "Landmarks of Cleveland's African American Experience". The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) administers the History Fund, a competitive matching grants program that is one of four "tax check-off" funds found on Ohio's income tax forms. OHS reports that demand in this first year of operation was exceptionally strong. OHS received 64 applications totaling $891,000 in requests. The supply of grant monies available was $114,000, thanks to the nearly 17,000 Ohioans who voluntarily contributed to the History Fund in 2012 (tax year 2011). "There is a great demand for this grant, one solely dedicated to history projects", said Burt Logan, executive director and CEO for OHS. "We hope the high number of grant applicants will inspire more Ohioans to donate to the History Fund. It is a worthy program that helps Ohioans preserve and share their community's history." To learn more about the History Fund, click here. CRS is delighted to have received this funding. Thank you, OHS and Ohio citizens, for supporting history projects in our state!  Photo courtesy of St. John AME Church. 




Jane Edna Hunter Women in History Month Event  

 Please join us on Sunday, March 10 at Emeritus House in Cleveland as we celebrate Women in History Month by learning more about Jane Edna Hunter, a woman whose work improved the lives of many African Americans in our city.  Jacquelyn Bradshaw, executive director of the Phillis Wheatley Foundation, will share the organization's connection to Mrs. Hunter and provide an informative tour of its home, the Emeritus House.  The event will take place from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. Light Refreshments will be served. Emeritus House is located at 4450 Cedar Avenue in Cleveland. This Women in History Month event is FREE. RSVP by clicking here.     



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The Heritage Home Program is Ready for Spring! Are You? Let Us Help! 

Cities and villages in Northeast Ohio are clamoring to join the Heritage Home Program(SM).  We have already signed up nine new communities and have another dozen showing strong interest.  We welcome to the program:

  • City of Bedford
  • Village of Cuyahoga Heights
  • Village of Glenwillow
  • City of Highland Heights
  • City of Hudson
  • Village of Newburgh Heights
  • City of Pepper Pike
  • City of University Heights
  • Village of Woodmere

They join the following participating communities that participated in the Program in 2012, all of which are continuing in 2013:

  • Akron
  • Cleveland Heights
  • East Cleveland
  • Green
  • Lakewood
  • Lyndhurst
  • North Royalton
  • Shaker Heights
  • South Euclid
  • Westlake

Owners of homes more than fifty years old in participating communities are eligible for free technical advice from our staff, and may be qualified for a home rehabilitation loan as low as 1.4% fixed rate.


1.4% Fixed Interest Loans offered by KeyBank and First Federal of Lakewood


Yes, 1.4%!  KeyBank offers 1.4% loans in Cleveland.  A new partner bank, First Federal of Lakewood (First Federal), will soon offer 1.4% fixed rate loans to owners of owner-occupied residences located in Cuyahoga County for loans up to 10 years.  First Federal will also offer a 2% fixed rate on loans up to 20 years.  Now, homeowners in participating communities can choose between First Federal and KeyBank (currently at 2% fixed rate for up to 10 years outside of the City of Cleveland). Heritage Home Loans are the best financing tool for homeowners to finance improvements to older homes - bar none!  Visit or call 216-426-3116 to learn more.




Round 10 of State Historic Preservation Tax Credit Accepting Applications

The application period for Round 10 of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is now open. A total of $30 million in tax credit allocation is currently available for Round 10 applicants. All applicants are required to schedule pre-application meetings with both the Office of Redevelopment and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office prior to submitting an application. Applications must be submitted (not postmarked) to the Office of Redevelopment by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. Contact Nathaniel Kaelin at 614-728-0995 with questions or to schedule a pre-application meeting. Approved applications will be announced on or before June 30.




Fifth Church of Christ Scientist

Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist Update

There has been renewed concern about Cleveland's Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist since the Cleveland Landmarks Commission granted approval of a demolition permit for the neighboring shopping strip at 11604 Clifton Boulevard last November. The commercial buildings had structural issues and were demolished. Carnegie Companies plans to redevelop the site, and owns the entire block, except for the church. The City has asked that they examine developing the entire block, either by rehabbing the church or developing the parcel and incorporating elements into the new development. We believe this is a wise move on the part of the City, as the church lacks any additional land for parking, and, if it is to be redeveloped, it would need to be as part of the larger block. If the block is developed without the church, the likelihood of the church ever being redeveloped is slim.


The church, a major landmark on the Cleveland/Lakewood border since 1926, has been vacant for approximately twenty years and has a number of issues, including extensive corrosion of the framing. The City commissioned a redevelopment study in 2009. You can read it here (the appendices to the report are here). The councilman, local community development corporation, and city administration  have worked to find a developer for the building since it was sold to the city for $1in 2002. CRS hosted a series of meetings between the owner of the adjacent block and the developer who had the redevelopment agreement with the City in late 2006 and early 2007. All of the efforts to market the building can be read here. A new group, formed to help find a buyer for the church, is called Neighbors in Action. You can read about their efforts here. We wish every endangered building had neighbors and political leaders this engaged in finding a positive solution and hope for the very best outcome possible.




West Side Market

West Side Market Update

Congratulations to all those involved in getting Cleveland's beloved West Side Market back open. A fire, thought to be electrical, closed the market on January 30, 2013. Thanks to the leadership of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who expedited the process for approvals, merchants were back in business a little more than two weeks later. The contractor hired by the Department of Public Works to do post-fire cleanup did a beautiful job. When the market reopened on February 18, it looked better than ever. The glazed brick interior absolutely shimmers and the tile that surrounds light fixtures, some in the shape of fruits and vegetables, may have even escaped notice until now. We encourage you all to check it out for yourselves. Market hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.




Arts and Culture at the Heart of a Sustainable Community

At Community Partnership for Arts and Culture's recent roundtable, Hunter Morrison, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, spoke about the arts in creating sustainable communities. Morrison shared five key points about the role of arts and culture in developing vibrant and resilient places. His group, NEOSCC, was established in January 2011 to manage the three-year planning process of developing a regional sustainability plan. The plan will develop a coordinated and integrated approach to planning efforts for land use, transportation, economic and workforce development, and infrastructure investments for a twelve-county area that includes Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit, Stark, Trumbull and Wayne Counties. You can see the slides from Morrison's presentation to the roundtable here.




Heritage Ohio Accepting Nominations for  

2013 Annual Awards

Heritage Ohio is currently taking submissions for the 2013 preservation awards. Winners will be named from 17 award categories, covering a wide array of preservation and revitalization activities. The wards will be presented at the organization's annual conference, to be held May 21-23 in Columbus. Visit to nominate your best projects, people and activities. The deadline for all nominations is March 29.




Heritage Ohio Taking Suggestions for Ohio's  

Top Preservation Opportunities

Heritage Ohio is also seeking the top preservation opportunities for 2013 from across the state. New for this year, the program is focused on public buildings such as schools, courthouses, jails, and libraries. Nominations must be submitted by the owner. Click here for more information.




Guide to Greater Cleveland's Sacred Landmarks

New Guide to Greater Cleveland's Sacred Landmarks

Look for a new book, A Guide to Greater Cleveland's Sacred Landmarks by Lloyd H. Ellis, Jr., in local bookstores and at online retailers. The book, published in November, is a wonderful update and expansion of the 1992 guide of local sacred landmarks by Foster Armstrong, Richard Klein, and Cara Armstrong. The new book adds landmarks outside of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, together with three mosques, two Unitarian churches, and additional Jewish institutions. The book's author, Dr. "Sandy" Ellis, will be speaking at an event on Saturday, April 6 in the Gries Memorial Chapel of the Temple - Tifereth Israel, 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland. The afternoon will include a presentation of the planning process for the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple - Tifereth Israel and a reception will follow. The event, which begins at 3:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Friends of Art. RSVP via email to or by calling 216-368-4118.




 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and  

Arts Day Luncheon

The 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. Awards are given to Ohio individuals and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the arts statewide, regionally and nationally. Awards are given for Arts Administration, Arts Education, Arts Patron, Business Support of the Arts, Community Development & Participation and Individual Artist. Individual tickets for the awards program are $50 and include lunch and a dessert reception. Click here for more information.




Building Doctor logo Building Doctor 2013

The Ohio Historic Preservation office has announced its schedule of Building Doctor clinics for 2013. The Building Doctors provide expert technical assistance to building owners, with examination for both problems and cures. Each Building Doctor clinic begins with a free seminar on topics like peeling paint and failing plaster, wet basements, deteriorating masonry, windows, wood issues. On the following day, the Building Doctors make the rounds of ailing buildings to examine problems and prescribe cures. Their consultations are free, however they are limited and you must ask for an appointment with the Building Doctor when you register for the clinic in advance, and attend the free seminar to qualify. The Building Doctors visit all kinds of pre-1955 buildings: schools, churches, factories, stores, offices farm buildings, and homes. The list of communities for 2013 and more information can be found here.




2013 Women's Repair Course Accepting Registrations

Women homeowners who want to know more about repairing and maintaining their homes are encouraged to check out the Home Repair Resource Centers' Home How-To for Women course. The first module in this year's curriculum, "Home Maintenance 101," will run from April 6 through May 22. Classes will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Rd., Cleveland Heights. Home Maintenance 101 will include exterior and interior home systems; scheduling home maintenance; reducing energy consumption; how to contract repairs; and an intro to hand tools and power tools. Subsequent modules will cover carpentry and electrical and plumbing repairs. Class size is limited and early registration is suggested. Tuition for each module is $120 for Cleveland Heights residents ($150 for all others); scholarships are available for eligible Cleveland Heights residents. Find out more here or by calling 216-381-6100, ext. 16.


Judge Burke at the Dining Decor Event In Search of Old CRS Photos

We're on the lookout for photos from Cleveland Restoration Society events of years past. Did you go on one of our SNOOP tours in the 1990s? (Yes, we had them even then!) How about a Fireside Chat? Did you take a tour during the 2002 National Preservation Conference and take a picture? If you captured any of these earlier CRS events on film, we'd like to hear from you! Contact us! 




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    


March 2

Annual Firematic Flea Market

Cleveland Fire Training Academy, 3101 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., $

Western Reserve Fire Museum at Cleveland, Inc.


March 6

"Hope for the City Series" Featuring Jennifer Coleman, chair of the Cleveland Landmarks Commission

Old Stone Church, Public Square, Cleveland

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


March 6

Webinar: "Retail Trends" presented by Boulevard Strategies

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., registration required, FREE for Heritage Ohio members

Heritage Ohio


March 12

"Utilizing Multicultural Assets to Strengthen the Vitality of our Communities"

Part of the Main Street Revitalization Series

Morley Library, 184 Phelps Street, Painesville

10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., registration required 

Heritage Ohio  


March 12

"Why Preservation?"

16500 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights

6:30 p.m., 216-991-2030

Cleveland Restoration Society 


March 14

Overview of the Heritage Home Program(SM)

Hudson Heritage Association

Cleveland Restoration Society


March 16

Docent Training Workshop

Monroe House, 73 South Professor Street, Oberlin

Noon - 4:00 p.m., register by calling 440-774-1700 or by email, FREE

Oberlin Heritage Center 


March 17

"The 1934 Westinghouse House of Tomorrow" Lecture

Dunham Tavern Museum Red Barn, 6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

2:00 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by March 14

Western Reserve Architectural Historians


March 17

"Ethnic Churches of Lorain County"

Part of the Lorain County Historical Society's general membership meeting

Lorain County History Center, 284 Washington Ave., Elyria

3:00 p.m., or 440-322-3341, FREE

Lorain County Historical Society


March 20

"Hope for the City Series" Featuring Anthony Coyne, chair of the Group Plan Commission

Old Stone Church, Public Square, Cleveland

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






Save the Date    


April 3

Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Banquet

Oberlin Inn, 7 N. Main Street, Oberlin

5:00 - 8:00 p.m., reservations required, 440-774-1700, $$

Oberlin Heritage Center 


April 3

"The Church of St. James: The Architectural History of a Distinctive and Exotic Landmark"

Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

7:00 p.m.

Lakewood Historical Society 


April 6

Lecture by author Sandy Ellis on "A Guide to Greater Cleveland's Sacred Landmarks"

Gries Memorial Chapel at The Temple - Tifereth Israel, 1855 Ansel Rd., Cleveland

3:30 p.m., reception following, RSVP email to or by calling 216-368-4118

A Friends of Art Special Event


April 17

"Edgewater 'Industrial' Park, It Could Have Been"

Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

7:00 p.m.

Lakewood Historical Society 


May 12

Mother's Day Tea & Tour of Sacred Landmarks 

Cleveland Restoration Society


May 15

Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon

Columbus Athenaeum, Columbus

Register by April 15, $$

Ohio Arts Council 

Ohio Citizens for the Arts


May 30

Celebration of Preservation

Allen Theatre

Cleveland Restoration Society

AIA Cleveland 



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