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  Kerri Broome, editor
April 2013  

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In This Issue
2013 Celebration of Preservation
Vista Hunt
Mother's Day Tour and Tea
Heritage Home Program Update
Statehood Day 2013
New Historic Preservation Tax Credit Pipeline Pilot Initiative
Annual Heritage Ohio Photo Contest
Historic Rehab in Detroit-Shoreway
Doty & Miller Featured in National Trust Blog
Historic Rehab in Detroit-Shoreway
Lakewood Old House Fair
Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation Conference
Preserving Modern Architecture in the Midwest Symposium
Rent the Sarah Benedict House
More About CRS

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Allen Theatre Save the Date for the  

2013 Celebration of Preservation

When our architectural heritage  

takes center stage!

Join us on Thursday, May 30 for the 2013 Celebration of Preservation. Our jury has been meeting to determine the award winners and we know you will be pleased with the results. The celebration takes place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the 2012 award winner Allen Theatre, in Cleveland's magnificent PlayhouseSquare. Tickets will be on sale soon. Advertising space is available in our event program. Contact us for details. Photo by Kevin G. Reeves - Photographer.



Vista Hunt graphic Let's Go on a Vista Hunt!

City Beautiful, the Cleveland Restoration Society, and the Cleveland Young Professional Senate are coming together on Saturday, April 27 to hold a "Vista Hunt". Meet at 11:00 a.m. at City Beautiful's studio in the 5th Street Arcades, 530 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland and then get out and explore our city! You will be given an introduction to what urban vistas and viewsheds are, then go out with fresh eyes to see downtown Cleveland firsthand and capture its vistas with your smartphone camera. Email your photos back to the City Beautiful studio, where volunteers will be printing them out and pinning them up on the wall, next to a map of downtown Cleveland. Return to the studio so that you can see the compilation of the entire group's efforts! The theme of this hunt is "It's all about the spaces in between!" As vista hunters spread out downtown, they will be encouraged to check out the public spaces - the spaces between the buildings - and note how they are just as important as the buildings themselves. To read more about City Beautiful, click here.



St. James sanctuary Join us for a Mother's Day Tour of Sacred Landmarks

Mark your calendars now for the return of CRS's popular tour on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12. The theme of the tour will be "Transitions." Tour-goers will start at 1:30 p.m. at CRS's headquarters, the Sarah Benedict House, where they will board a bus and be transported to three churches designed by Edward T. P. Graham of Boston. One of the stops will be the magnificent St. James in Lakewood. St. James, built during the Great Depression, was closed for two years until the decision was reversed by the Vatican. The tour will take approximately 3 hours, with the bus bringing you back to the Benedict House for tea and refreshments. Tickets are $40 for CRS members and $50 for non-members. This will be a wonderful opportunity to treat those who are dear to you to a special afternoon event! Space is limited, so RSVP for the tour today! Photo of St. James by Tim Barrett.



house under construction

The Heritage Home Program Welcomes New Cities in Time to Help Homeowners with Spring Projects  

The Heritage Home Program(SM) is growing again!

The program welcomed three new participating cities during the month of March. The City of Berea, Mayfield Village, and Orange Village have officially joined the program and are now able to offer qualified residents free technical assistance, personalized site visits, and access to fixed-interest financing at rates as low as 2.0% over a 7-10 year term.  Program staff is looking forward to working in these new areas!  


Do you have home improvements to make? If you reside in a Heritage Home Program(SM) partner city and have spring construction projects on your mind, call the Heritage Home Program(SM) at 216-426-3116 or email Not sure whether your house is in a partner city? Visit to see the list of participating areas and to get more information about this wonderful, and expanding, program!




Statehood Day
Statehood Day 2013

The first ever recipients of the History Fund grants were announced at the Statehood Day event at the Ohio Statehouse on February 27, 2013. Felicia Hall represented the Cleveland Restoration Society at this wonderful occasion, and accepted the really big check on our behalf.  Shown above, left to right, are Ohio Historical Society Executive Director & CEO Burt Logan, CRS Director of Administration Felicia Hall, State Representative Bill Patmon (District 10), and Glenda Greenwood, president of the Ohio Historical Society board of trustees. Learn more about the History Fund here. CRS will be using the History Fund for our 40th Anniversary Legacy Project, "Landmarks of Cleveland's African American Experience". We are so grateful to the citizens of Ohio and the Ohio Historical Society for this funding. Thank you!  



New Historic Preservation Tax Credit  

Pipeline Pilot Initiative

Applications are now being accepted for the new Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Pipeline Pilot Initiative. The primary goal of the Pipeline Pilot Initiative is to develop a pipeline of properties that are eligible for redevelopment assistance through the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program. The initiative will provide funding and technical assistance to help in nominating buildings, districts, and areas to the National Register of Historic Places. Funding will be prioritized for projects that create the greatest potential for commercial and multi-family housing redevelopment. Applications will be accepted on an open-cycle and funded on a first-come, first-served basis, based on funding availability. Click here for more information.




2012 Heritage Ohio photo winner

Heritage Ohio Preservation  

Photo Contest

Heritage Ohio is now accepting entries for its annual Preservation Month Photo Contest. The theme of the 2013 contest is "Saving Ohio's Treasures". Heritage Ohio wants to see you with the places that you consider Ohio's Treasures and they've created a sign for you to download and hold in the photograph. They'll accept entries through Friday, April 26 and then choose the finalists and open the online voting for the winner on May 1. Online voting will close on May 22. The winning entry will be announced at Heritage Ohio's annual  conference on May 23. To learn more, click here. (2012 winner David Wilding's entry "Veteran's Day Tribute" pictured.)  






Historic Rehab in  


Click here to read about the revival of the Trenton multi-unit residential building on Franklin Boulevard in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. The rehab of this great property, facilitated with a loan through our Heritage Home Program(SM), was recently featured in Fresh Water Cleveland.




Doty & Miller office

Doty & Miller Architects Featured in National Trust Blog

The 2007 rehab of the 1934 post office in Bedford by architecture firm Doty & Miller was the recent subject of a blog entry by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Doty & Miller is led by Chuck Miller, who has a long-standing association with CRS. The rehab earned a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and was, in fact, the first Gold certification in the country for a freestanding architect's office. You can read the entire post here.




South Euclid house

House For Sale

This great rehab candidate is available from the City of South Euclid's community development corporation, One South Euclid. Eligible for the Heritage Home Program(SM) low-interest rehab financing, this unusual home has a double lot, interesting French Norman interior details, oak floors, leaded glass windows, built-in china cabinets, and a newer boiler. It is located in South Euclid's desirable Historic Bluestone District Neighborhood. For more information, contact Sally Martin, Housing Manager, City of South Euclid at (216) 691-4219 or or visit




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Annual Lakewood Old House Fair to be Held April 27

Come to Harding Middle School, at Hilliard & Madison Avenues in Lakewood, on Saturday, April 27 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. Fifty-five exhibitors will give their quality expertise on older homes. Bring photos of your projects for free consultation! Admission is free and there will be booth raffle giveaways. A presentation on exterior paint dilemmas will be held at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. and a presentation about trees will be given at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Get current event news at




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Registration is Open for Heritage Ohio's Annual Conference

Registration has been opened for Heritage Ohio's annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference, to be held at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Columbus May 21 - 23. Donovan Rypkema of Place Economics will be the keynote speaker and will also present three educational sessions. The theme of the conference is "Local Spirit" and conference partners are the Columbus Landmarks Foundation and the German Village Society. Click here for more information.



Rauh House

Preserving Modern Architecture in the Midwest

Interested in preserving modern architecture? The Cincinnati Preservation Association is presenting a two-day symposium on April 24 - 25 to address the challenges and opportunities of preserving the architecture of the recent past. The first day will focus on identifying the Modernist legacy, the forces that shaped it, the design objectives of pioneers, and the defining characteristics. The focus of day two will shift to conserving the legacy by reviewing current preservation work throughout the Midwest, challenges to saving modern architectural landmarks, and emerging opportunities for preservation. The symposium will take place at the newly restored Rauh House in Cincinnati (shown here). The cost is $140 for both days. Click here for more information.





garden party

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    



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"

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

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

A Friends of Art Special Event


April 10

"Engaged Learning Dialogues: The Urban University as an Economic and Social Anchor"

Cleveland State University, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, 1717 Euclid Avenue

4:00- 6: 00 p.m., FREE

Levin College Forum


April 10

Reception Celebrating Two Sacred Landmarks Books in The Kent State University Press's Sacred Landmark Series

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights

4:00 - 6:00 p.m., RSVP by April 3 to or 330-672-8099, FREE 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

The Kent State University Press

Cleveland State University  


April 10

"Building the Circle 2035: Height, Density, and Social Equity"

Cleveland Museum of Art, Gartner Auditorium

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., RSVP required, 216-707-2527 or 

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Women's Committee of the Cleveland Orchestra

Western Reserve Historical Society

Women's Council of The Cleveland Museum of Art


April 11

Cleveland Climate Action Plan Public Meeting

Tri-C Metro Campus

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., registration required 

Sustainable Cleveland 2019


April 12

"Envisioning Home" Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Cleveland State University, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, 1717 Euclid Avenue

4:00- 6: 30 p.m., FREE

Levin College Forum


April 17

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

Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

7:00 p.m.

Lakewood Historical Society  


April 24

Portrayal of Historic Women's Rights Advocate Antoinette Brown Blackwell

Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium, 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin

7:15 p.m., FREE

Oberlin Heritage Center


April 27

Vista Hunt

5th Street Arcades, 530 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 

11:00 a.m., FREE 

City Beautiful

Cleveland Restoration Society 

Cleveland Young Professional Senate 


April 27

Lakewood Old House Fair

Harding Middle School, 16601 Hilliard Rd., Lakewood

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

Lakewood Observer

Lakewood Hardware

Lakewood City Schools


April 28

Uptown Condo Tour followed by a tour of the new Museum of Contemporary Art

Euclid Avenue & E. 115th Street/Euclid Avenue & Mayfield Road, Cleveland

1:00 p.m. condo tour; 2:30 p.m. MOCA tour, RSVP to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by April 24

Western Reserve Architectural Historians


April 29

Discussion of the book: "Dedication : the work of William P. Ginther, ecclesiastical architect"

Led by author Anthony J. Valleriano

Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Library, Meeting Room 2

7:00 p.m., FREE

Akron-Summit County Public Library's Science & Technology Division

Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron


April 30 - May 2

VibrantNEO 2040 Workshops

Six locations around Northeast Ohio

All workshops begin at 6:30 p.m., registration is now open 

Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium 




Save the Date    


May 1 

Historic Nightlife: East 4th/St. Vincent, presented by Alan Dutka, author 

Part of Preservation Month 2013 Program Series

Lee Road Library, Cleveland Heights

7:00 p.m., registration required (begins April 17 at or 216-932-3600

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
Cleveland Heights Historical Society
Heights Library

May 12

Mother's Day Tea & Tour of Sacred Landmarks 

Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

1:30 - 5:30 p.m., RSVP required, $$ 

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 18 

Cedar Hill Walking Tour 

Part of Preservation Month 2013 Program Series

Meet at upper parking lot behind (south of) Heights Medical Building

10:00 a.m. - Noon, registration required, 216-291-4878

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission 
Cleveland Heights Historical Society 
Heights Library


May 21 - 23

Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference

Westin Hotel, Columbus, registration required 

Heritage Ohio 


May 29  

Lee Road History, Walking Tour & Beer/Whiskey Tasting

Part of Preservation Month 2013 Program Series

Lee Road Library, Cleveland Heights

7:00 p.m., registration required (begins May 15 at  or 216-932-3600

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission 
Cleveland Heights Historical Society 
Heights Library

May 30

Celebration of Preservation

Allen Theatre

Cleveland Restoration Society

AIA Cleveland 



Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000