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  Kerri Broome, editor
September 2013  

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In This Issue
Experience the Magic of ASM International
Federal Tax Credit Update
Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Accepting Round 11 Applications
New Grant Funds for Community Revitalization
New Report Shows Good News for Downtown Cleveland
New Book Focuses on East Cleveland History
Anniversaries in Oberlin
Columbus Landmarks Seeks Executive Director
News from the Sarah Benedict House
Celebrate the New Neighborhood Progress
Free Admission at Museums
New Exhibit Showcases Schweinfurth
New Exhibit Explores Foreclosure Crisis
Rent the Sarah Benedict House
More About CRS

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ASM International

Experience the Magic of ASM International

In just a little more than a week, you have an unprecedented opportunity to tour this wonder of mid-century modern design, to be entertained by a little bit of scientific discovery, to enjoy amazing food from the Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen, and to marvel in the show under the geodesic dome as the night sky comes to life.  Join us on Saturday, September 14 for the Cleveland Restoration Society's "Mad about Mod" benefit at ASM International.  This incredible site is an icon of the 1950s, a time marked by the first big  successes in space exploration and generally a tremendous period of scientific advancement.  The scientists and engineers associated with the ASM were at the forefront of this expansion as undisputed international leaders.  This building expresses so well this time in history.  It has now been recognized as a national landmark and restored to its mid-century splendor. Tickets start at $175.  Click here to RSVP.  Call 216-426-3110 for more information.


A word about timing:  We made a big mistake in scheduling this event on Yom Kippur.  The holiday was not listed on the calendars we used when we discussed scheduling, which is a poor excuse but the truth.  Had we been aware before the majority of planning was completed, we would have changed the date of the event.  Please accept our sincere apologies.



Federal Historic Tax Credit Update 

Strong advocacy remains necessary to make the case for the continuation of the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC). The HTC is facing its most serious threat to date, as tax reform is forcing an examination of all government expenditures and sources of revenue, including tax expenditures such as tax credits and deductions. Members of Congress have proposed eliminating the HTC and other tax preferences to balance the budget. Retention of the HTC may rest upon the number of Senators that indicate the program as a priority in the face of leaders of the Senate Finance Committee seeking a "blank slate." Earlier this week, Dr. Clement Price, vice chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and advisor to CRS, came to Cleveland to join with Bracy Lewis, CRS Honorary Life Trustee, and meet with Congresswoman Marcia Fudge. Congresswoman Fudge is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 11th congressional district and the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.  The city of Cleveland has significantly benefited from the federal historic tax credit. It is essential to the economic viability of rehabilitating our city's older, well-built magnificent structures. Learn more here about how you can take action, too.



Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Round 11  

Open for Applications

The Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) has announced the availability of a $30 million allocation for Round 11 of its historic preservation tax credit program. The deadline to submit applications is September 30.  The DSA also has funding available to help defray the cost of listing properties in the National Register of Historic Places through its Pipeline Pilot Initiative. Click here for more information about both the tax credit program and the Pipeline Pilot Initiative.



New Grant Funds for Community Revitalization

Earlier this year, the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) announced the creation of the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation (OCIC) as its new philanthropic affiliate.  Focused on increasing the impact of investments on Ohio's residents and partners, $5.175 million will be committed over the next few years. Three million in funds will come from OCCH, and over $2 million will come from partners Huntington Bank CDC, Key CDC, and Fifth Third CDC. OCIC will significantly expand the philanthropic activities of OCCH and its partners through four initiatives: the Carol Mount Peterson Resident Development Fund, the Place-Based Impact Strategies Fund, Capital Fund for Partners, and CPO Impact.  The Resident Development Fund will distribute $750,000 in grants this year to partners to address the needs of residents in OCCH-financed properties.  The Place-Based Impact Strategies Fund will allocate $500,000 in grants to assist its local partners in their efforts to improve neighborhoods and revitalize communities. This fund will support initiatives focused on impacting the built environment.  Capital for Partners will provide funds to support events and other fundraising activities of OCCH partners and to support state and national trade and industry organizations.  The funding for CPO Impact will provide $500,000 to support programs that benefit residents and the communities served by Community Properties of Ohio.  Learn more about OCCH here.



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New Report Shows That Downtown  

Retail, Residential, and Office Markets Continue to Thrive

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance has released a report that provides an in-depth look at downtown's business development for the second quarter of 2013.  The report shows:

  • This quarter marked the ninth consecutive quarter of 95 percent or greater residential occupancy, with occupancy holding steady at 96.5 percent.
  • Downtown retail continued its high growth this quarter, with a total of 31 new shops and restaurants opening so far in 2013 and 22 slated to open later in 2013 and 2014.
  • Asking lease rates are on the rise Downtown, reflecting a national trend toward higher demand for office space in walkable, mixed-use areas near rapid transit and bus lines.
  • Five Downtown hotel projects are underway, with current hotel occupancy at 75 percent, and daily rates and revenue per available room are showing year over year increases.
  • Office occupancy has increased in eight of the last nine quarters, up from 76.7 percent in Q1 2011 to 80.3 percent in Q2 2013.

Click here for the full report.



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New Book Focuses on  

East Cleveland History

A new book detailing the history of East Cleveland has just been published as part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.  The book, East Cleveland, by Leah Santosuosso, is available from local retailers as well as, and, among others.




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Anniversaries in Oberlin

Executive Director Pat Murphy remembers that during her second interview for the job at the Oberlin Heritage Center back in 1993, then-board President Marianne Cochrane told her that the organization was a "sleeping giant which would soon awaken."  During the past twenty years, Cochrane's fairy-tale analogy has turned into a true story.  Members and friends of the Oberlin Heritage Center will be celebrating the highlights of the past two decades at a special event on the museum grounds on Sunday, September 8.  The occasion marks the 110th anniversary of the Oberlin Village Improvement Society (the early predecessor of OHC) and honors Pat and Assistant to the Director Mary Anne Cunningham, who both joined the organization in 1993 as part of the transition from an all-volunteer group to one led by professional staff.  The event also serves as a fundraiser to continue the growth of the Endowment for History Education at its ten-year mark.  We tip our hats to Pat in recognition of all that she and her loyal staff have achieved over the past twenty years.  Congratulations!




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Columbus Landmarks Seeks  

Executive Director

Columbus Landmarks Foundation is seeking an executive director to be the senior staff person, spokesperson, community representative, and principal fund raiser for the organization. The executive director reports directly to the Board of Directors, working closely with officers and committee chairs in a strong leadership style. Goal oriented, engaging and motivating, the executive director should have excellent communication skills, administration and management ability of staff and finances, experience in grant solicitation and fundraising, and ability to represent an organization with a focus of historic preservation, urban design, architecture, and knowledge of Columbus. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Founded in 1977, Columbus Landmarks Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of Columbus's architectural heritage. Address all correspondence to "Executive Director Search Committee," at  Only resumes submitted electronically will be considered.  Deadline for submission is Friday, September 13, 2013.



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News from the Sarah Benedict House

The Cleveland Restoration Society is pleased to welcome Ann Bish and Jessica Dawson to our staff.  Ann is an accounting professional with over fifteen years of experience who joins us as our new business & finance manager.  A board member of the Lakewood Historical Society, she has also chaired the Lakewood Chautauqua event in June 2013 and 2011.  Jessica joins CRS as our new database assistant and will be helping with membership and development activities.  Jessica has experience collecting data and managing databases for nonprofits.  She has taken some coursework in historic preservation in graduate school and is very interested in learning more about CRS's work.  Welcome, Ann and Jessica!



Celebrate the New Neighborhood Progress

You are invited to come celebrate the recent merger that took place within Cleveland's nationally renowned community development industry. Join staff, stakeholders and supporters of Neighborhood Progress, Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition and LiveCLEVELAND! to celebrate the merging of these groups. At this event, you will learn more about the new organization and receive important industry updates. Community development awards will also be presented to a number of Cleveland CDCs.  This will be an exciting event and will launch Neighborhood Progress and Cleveland's community development partners into a new phase of revitalizing Cleveland's neighborhoods.  Registration is required for this event, which will take place on Wednesday, September 25 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Tudor Arms Hotel, 10660 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland.




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Free Admission at  

Oberlin Heritage Center

If you have been curious about seeing the Oberlin Heritage Center, there will be a wonderful opportunity for you at the end of this month. The center will be participating in Smithsonian Magazine's 9th Annual Museum Day by providing free tour admission on Saturday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to visitors plus one guest.  All you need to do is present the Museum Day Admission Card, which is available at  Museum Day involves hundreds of museums around the country and allows for one day only the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian's Washington, D.C.-based properties to be emulated throughout America.  Don't miss this chance to take a tour of the Oberlin Heritage Center or to visit another participating museum on September 28!




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New Exhibit Showcases Charles F. Schweinfurth 

Cleveland's finest ecclesiastical, civic, academic, and domestic architecture is the work of a singular architect - Charles F. Schweinfurth (1856-1919). Schweinfurth's genius transformed the city's nineteenth-century urban landscape more than any other architect.  This important retrospective is a joint project of ARTneo, formerly the Cleveland Artists Foundation, and the Cleveland Public Library's Charles F. Schweinfurth Memorial Library.  The exhibit will reveal images of Schweinfurth's 100+ works in Cleveland, of which more than 60 have been demolished.  Many of the exhibit items come from the Cleveland Public Library's Charles F. Schweinfurth Memorial Library, a collection of archival material given to the Library in 1925 by Schweinfurth's widow, Anna M. Schweinfurth.  These items, along with material from the Western Reserve Historical Society, Case Western Reserve University Archives, Cleveland State University and Trinity Cathedral, will illustrate Schweinfurth's amazing body of work.  A native of Auburn, New York, Schweinfurth arrived in Cleveland in 1883 with a commission to design the home of Sylvester T. Everett, financier, city treasurer, and railroad magnate.  Everett's massive home, completed in 1887 (shown here), was the first of fifteen residences Schweinfurth designed for the city's "Millionaires' Row".  Schweinfurth's prolific career included numerous landmarks such as Trinity Cathedral, the Shoreby Club, the interior of the Cuyahoga County Court House, the Union Club, the Rockefeller Park bridges and nine buildings on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.   


ARTneo's retrospective, curated by Anthony Hiti, AIA, will present, for the first time ever, original renderings, drawings and historic images, along with contemporary photography.  The exhibit opens September 6 and continues through November 2, at the Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood.  Gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.




Mintz image New Exhibition Explores Foreclosure Crisis

"Every Pace I Have Ever Lived - the foreclosure crisis in twelve neighborhoods," is a new exhibition that has just opened at the Campbell Gallery of of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. In this display, photographer Charles Mintz explores the foreclosure crisis through documentation of the neighborhoods where he has lived throughout his life.  Most of Mintz's photos have been taken around his current home in Cleveland, but there are also images from locations in New Jersey, Indiana and Michigan.  There will be an opening reception on September 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the college, 1717 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.  The exhibition will be open through November 15, 2013.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.  There are numerous public parking lots located around the CSU campus. Click here for visitor parking information.



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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 Cleveland's MidTown neighborhood at 3751 Prospect Avenue.  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 plenty of free parking. Click here for more information.       





Upcoming Events    


September 6

"Charles F. Schweinfurth: Uncompromising Architect of Cleveland's Valiant Age" Exhibit Opening Reception

Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

ARTneo: the museum of Northeast Ohio art and architecture 


September 7

Hudson on the Green

27 East Main St., Hudson

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


September 7

SNOOP! of Doan Classroom Apartments

1350 E. 105th Street, Cleveland

10:00 a.m., registration required, FREE for CRS members

Cleveland Restoration Society


September 7

South Euclid Harvest Fest

Quarry Park, corner of Belvoir and Monticello, South Euclid

11:00 - 3:00 p.m.


September 8

"Two Short Streets Long on Character": Talk and Book Signing by Alan Dutka

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

3:00 - 5:00 pm., space is limited, call 216-921-1201 to RSVP, FREE for members

Shaker Historical Society


September 10

Day Trip to Put-in-Bay

$70 for ESA members, $80 for non-members, registration required by calling 440-899-1565 or by email to 

Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve


September 11

"Fostering Good Design in Public Space"

Part of the Main Street Revitalization Series

Norwalk High School Art Gallery, 350 Shady Lane, Norwalk

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

Heritage Ohio


September 12

"Every Place (I have ever lived)" Exhibit Opening Reception

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, 1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Dively Auditorium

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

Cleveland State University


September 14

"Mad about Mod" Benefit

ASM International Headquarters, 9639 Kinsman Road, Materials Park (Novelty)

5:30 - 9:30 p.m., RSVP required, $$$  

Cleveland Restoration Society


September 18

"Preservation 101"

Lakewood Main Library 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

7:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society


September 19-20

Historic Tax Credit Workshop

MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit

Registration required, $$$

Novogradac & Company LLP


September 21

Lyndhurst Council Coffee

Community Center 1341 Parkview Dr., Lyndhurst

9:00 a.m. - Noon

Cleveland Restoration Society


September 21

From the Schoolhouse: An Antique and Handmade Show

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $

Pittsfield Township Town Hall, Corner of State Routes 303 and 58

Pittsfield Township Historical Society


September 21

Tour of the Transformer Station Art Gallery

1460 W. 28th St., Cleveland

10:30 a.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by September 18

Western Reserve Architectural Historians


September 21 - 22

Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour

Preview party on Saturday, home tour on Sunday

Tickets are on sale now

Heights Community Congress 


September 22

Book Launch of  Erie to Cleveland by Trolley by Ken Springirth

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

3:00 - 5:00 pm., space is limited, call 216-921-1201 to RSVP, FREE for members

Shaker Historical Society

Shaker Heights Public Library


September 25

Neighborhood Progress Merger Celebration

Tudor Arms Hotel, 10660 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland

3:30 - 6:30 p.m., registration required 

Neighborhood Progress


September 25

"Recently Historic: Houses of the 1950s and 1960s"

Heights Libraries' Lee Road Branch, 2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

7:00 p.m., register by calling 216-932-3600 or online at, FREE

Heights Library

Cleveland Heights Historical Society

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission.


September 27

Heritage Home Program City & Village Officials' Breakfast

Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

8:00 - 10:30 a.m., register via email to Colin Compton, FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society


September 30

"University Circle: Creating a Sense of Place" Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Wolstein Building Auditorium

5:30 p.m., FREE

Case Western Reserve University Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities




Save the Date    


October 5

SNOOP! of the Union Building

1836 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., registration required, FREE for members

Cleveland Restoration Society


October 10-11

Ohio CDC Association 29th Annual Conference

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati

Registration required, $$$

Ohio CDC Association


November 9

SNOOP! of Franklin Circle Christian Church

1688 Fulton Rd., Cleveland

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., registration required, FREE for members

Cleveland Restoration Society




Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000