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  Kerri Broome, editor
November 2013  

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In This Issue
CRS Receives National Preservation Award
Celebrates 1,000th Loan
Mansfield Joins Heritage Program
Trust Introduces PastCast
Nurture an Idea Crowdrise Challenge
Survey for Young Preservationists
Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award Winners
Ohio Site Advances in UNESCO Nomination
Le Meridien Hotel Announced for Cleveland
FutureHeights Annual Online Auction
Schweinfurth Exhibits Expanded
News from the Sarah Benedict House
Office Space Available at the Sarah Benedict House
More About CRS

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CRS Receives National Preservation Award in Indianapolis 

 The Cleveland Restoration Society is pleased to announce that our organization has received the Trustees' Award for Organizational Excellence from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. CRS is one of 18 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2013 National Preservation Conference.  "Time and time again, Cleveland Restoration Society has demonstrated  the power of preservation though their outstanding grassroots programs and innovation," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "This group's passion, commitment and creativity has helped retain Cleveland's unique character, and made a positive difference in the lives of people throughout Ohio."   


The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation.  The award was presented to CRS at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Indianapolis on Friday, November 1.  Click on the image above to see the video about CRS created by the National Trust and shown during the awards ceremony. Information about the all of the winners of the 2013 National Preservation Awards is available at  www.PreservationNation.org/awards.




1000th loan celebration Heritage Home Program  

Celebrates 1,000th Loan! 

Twenty-one years ago, the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) developed the Heritage Home Program(SM) to assist homeowners in the restoration and rehabilitation of homes in targeted historic districts in Cleveland.  CRS is delighted to announce that the 1,000th loan has been facilitated through the program, its staff, and its financial partners.  CRS celebrated this milestone yesterday, November 4, with a brief event at the house of the 1,000th loan project, on West 58th Street in Cleveland. Cutting a ceremonial ribbon were CRS Honorary Life Trustee Bracy Lewis; Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone; homeowner Aimee Rogers, CRS Chief Operating Officer and Honorary Life Trustee Tom Jorgensen; and CRS President Kathleen Crowther. Rick Coppolino from KeyBank and Paul Herdeg from Cuyahoga County, partners of program, also gave remarks.  Staff members from Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization were also present.  The 1,000th loan project house is a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian in Cleveland's Franklin-West Clinton Historic District.  You can read more about the project in the upcoming issue of CRS's Facade magazine. To learn more about the Heritage Home Program(SM), visit www.heritagehomeprogram.org




Mansfield Joins  

Heritage Home Program

The city of Mansfield has joined the Heritage Home Program(SM). Owners of homes fifty years or older now have access to free technical assistance, personalized site visits, and access to financing as low as 1.85%.  For more information and a complete listing of the participating cities and villages, go to www.heritagehomeprogram.org. Welcome!



Introducing PastCast: A New Podcast for  

People Who Save Places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced the debut episode of PastCast, a show for the people who save places (hint: that's you!). The Trust's mission is to bring you great stories of cool preservation projects around the country - and let the people behind them tell you all about it in their own words. Segments in the first episode include:

  • Man on the Street: Hosts take to the streets to ask folks what's on their mind about preservation. This episode's prompt: Does saving places matter? Why or why not?
  • Placesavers: Hosts talk with local preservationists around the country doing cool projects. Included are interviews with Dana Saylor and Meghan Baco, two of the leaders behind I'm Steel Standing, a group formed to protect the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building in Lackawanna, NY.
  • Stuff We're Obsessed With: The name says it all -- Jason Clement, David Weible, and Julia Rocchi of the Trust dish on their most recent preservation crushes. And right now they love walkability, the Houston Astrodome, and the adaptively reused Pabst Brewhouse campus in Milwaukee.
  • Soundscapes: The Trust takes you to the rededication of the Comal County Courthouse in New Braunfels, Texas, as its bells once again echo through the town square.

The Trust acknowledges that calling this a "podcast" is a bit of an aspirational term right now. The goal for 2014 is to make the show a regular feature that you can download, stream, etc. if you have suggestions for content or feedback, send it to editorial@savingplaces.org.



Nurture an Idea  

Crowdrise Challenge

Support local preservation projects by donating now through Friday, November 8 to the project (or projects) that appeal most to you, as part of Enterprise community Partners, Inc.'s Nurture an Idea Crowdrise Challenge.  Two of the eleven projects, Edible History by St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and the Blueprint Initiative from Slavic Village Development, use historic preservation as a key element of their proposals.  The winner will be announced on November 12 at an event to be held at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.



Calling All Young Preservationists

Heritage Ohio has created a short survey to hear your thoughts on how you would like to shape the future of historic preservation in our state.  They'll report on the results of the survey in the near future and determine how Heritage Ohio can best help the next generation of preservation leaders.  Take the survey here.


Photo courtesy of ohiohistory.org

Tipping our Hats to the  

OHPO Award Winners

Each year, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office recognizes achievements in historic preservation by presenting awards in Public Education & Awareness and Preservation Merit.  OHPO bestowed this honor to sixteen recipients this year, local winners include the City of Shaker Heights, Shaker Heights Landmarks Commission, and the Shaker Heights Public Library for the creation of the publicly accessible digital record of Shaker Height's building history; Famicos Foundation, Marous Brothers Construction, City Architecture and Ted Sande, AIA for the preservation and rehabilitation of the 1904 Doan School at 1350 East 105th Street, Cleveland, as the Doan Classroom Apartments; and Cleveland State University, Arkinetics architects + urbanists and Liberty Development Company for the preservation and rehabilitation of the 1913 Union Building at 1836 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. CRS trustee Michael Chesler was honored for his company's rehabilitation of the1868 Market Block Building in Warren. For a full list of the 2013 winners, click here.  Congratulations to all of the winners!




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Ohio Site Advances in UNECSO's World Heritage List Nomination

National and international experts and local representatives convened in Ohio August 18 - 20, 2013, to discuss technical aspects of preparing the nomination of a number of Ohio sites collectively known as the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to UNESCO's World Heritage List.  The World Heritage List is an official roster of properties associated with the world's cultural and natural heritage, among them the Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, Acropolis, Chartres Cathedral, and Stonehenge.  Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks joins two other Ohio sites, Serpent Mound and Dayton Aviation Sites, on the United States' World Heritage 'tentative' list.  Click here to learn more.




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Le Meridien Hotel Coming to Downtown Cleveland

On October 17, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., announced its commitment to bring the Le Meridien brand to downtown Cleveland through the redevelopment of a vacant stretch of Euclid Avenue.   Environmental clean-up of the John Hartness Brown Building, a historic property between East 9th and East 12th streets, is complete and plans are underway for an interior demolition to create a central atrium.  The hotel has an expected opening of January 2016.  Click here to learn more.



2013 Shaker Heights award winner

Shaker Heights Landmark Commission Announces 2013 Preservation Awards

The following award winners have just been announced by the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission:

  • Ratner Residence, South Park Boulevard (HONOR AWARD-Retention of Original Materials) shown here
  • Martin Residence, Parkland Drive (HONOR AWARD-Excellence in Stewardship)
  • Lindow Residence, Winslow Road (MERIT AWARD-Retention of Original Materials)
  • Czapski Residence, Lynton Road (MERIT AWARD-Distinguished Landscape)

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 home or property in a manner that reflects the historic nature of the city.  Nominations for 2014 are now being accepted. Exterior projects completed within the last two years are eligible. Nominations can be submitted for any building in Shaker Heights, including homes and apartment buildings, commercial buildings and other structures.  Nomination forms are available online.  Contact Ann Klavora at 216-291-1436 or ann.klavora@shakeronline.com for more information.



Public History Forum This Week in Shaker

The Shaker Historical Society will be presenting a Public Oral History Forum entitled "Shaker Heights: The Evolution of the Van Sweringens' Utopian Vision" over three nights this week.  The series began last night and will continue through Thursday. Each evening session takes place from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Shaker Historical Society, 16740 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights.  Residents are invited to reflect, relate, and recount their personal stories and memories of living in Shaker Heights.  These are free and open to the public.  For Wednesday only there is a traffic advisory - visitors on that night only must enter on Shaker Boulevard and exit via South Park Boulevard, turning left only toward Lee Road. Call Ware Petznick at 216-921-1201 for more information.



FutureHeights Annual Online Auction

Starting on November 21 and finishing on December 8, FutureHeights will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to raise vital operating funds for their organization.   All proceeds go to community building programs in Cleveland Heights and University Heights.   Click here to preview auction items (including a Heritage Home Makeover donated by the Cleveland Restoration Society!).



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Schweinfurth Exhibits Extended 

Due to popular demand, ARTneo, the museum of Northeast Ohio art & architecture has extended the exhibit, Charles F. Schweinfurth: Uncompromising Architect of Cleveland's Valiant Age through November. The exhibit features, for the first time ever, original drawings, renderings, historic images, and contemporary photographs depicting Schweinfurth's work in greater Cleveland along with artifacts from Schweinfurth's personal library. Schweinfurth's work includes many of the city's most important and iconic buildings, such as the interior of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse (1912); the Flora Stone Mather Memorial Building at Case Western Reserve University (1912) the Rockefeller Park Bridges (1899-1900); the Union Club (1904); and Trinity Cathedral (1907).


A concurrent exhibit at the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library features items from the Charles F. Schweinfurth Memorial Library.  In 1925, upon the opening of the landmark Main Library building, Mrs. Anna Schweinfurth donated her husband's private architecture library collection and established a trust fund at the Cleveland Public Library.  On view will be selections from his private library collection and items purchased from the Schweinfurth Trust.  These will include rare early architectural works, trade catalogs, view books, treatises on home building, and titles related to Early Modernism. A tour and panel discussion will take place on November 8.  This exhibit will continue through December 2013.



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News from the Sarah Benedict House

CRS would like to welcome Nicholas Emenhiser as our AmeriCorps Local History Corps member.  His duties will include working with Cleveland's outstanding network of community development corporations; promoting CRS's Heritage Home Program(SM); implementing the educational component of CRS's 40th Anniversary Legacy project to survey African American landmarks in Cleveland; and aiding the facilitation of the national conference, "Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities".  Nick holds a B.A. in Political Science and Geography and plans to pursue a master's in city planning.  He will be with CRS through August 2014.




Sarah Benedict House Office Space Available at Historic  

Sarah Benedict House

Available for lease January 1, 2014 is the third floor level of the Sarah Benedict House.  The space includes approximately 1,500 SF of fully improved office space: five+ rooms, restroom, and storage facilities. The first floor meeting rooms of the Sarah Benedict House are also available for use by third floor tenants, as is the adjacent garden. A kitchen is provided for catering and tenant use. Click here for more information. To schedule a tour, contact Felicia Hall at (216) 426-3110 or felicia.hall@clevelandrestoration.org.





Upcoming Events    


Now - November 30

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

Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood

Wednesday-Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment

ARTneo: the museum of Northeast Ohio art and architecture


Now - December 

Exhibit: "The Schweinfurth Collection"

Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 325 Superior Ave., Cleveland

Special Collections, 3rd floor, in the John G. White Exhibition Corridor

ARTneo: the museum of Northeast Ohio art and architecture

November 5 - 7

Public Oral History Forum

16740 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights

6:30 - 8:00 p.m., FREE 

Shaker Historical Society


November 6

Community Meeting on the Plans for Development at Clifton Blvd. and West 117th St.

Louisa May Alcott Elementary School, 10308 Baltic Rd., Cleveland

6:00 p.m., contact Anita Brindza at anita@cudell.com with any questions 

Carnegie Companies

City of Cleveland


November 7

Celebrate Cleveland Past and Present

The Galleries at Cleveland State, 1307 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., registration required, $$

Heritage Ohio


November 7

"American Glamour: Modern Architecture, Marketing, and Popular Culture in the 1950s"

A lecture by Alice T. Friedman

Ford Auditorium, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

6:00 p.m., registration recommended, FREE

Baker Nord Center for the Humanities



November 8

Tour & Panel Discussion: "Charles F. Schweinfurth's Work & Collection"

Tour at 11:30 a.m., Panel Discussion at Noon

Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 325 Superior Ave., Cleveland

ARTneo: the museum of Northeast Ohio art and architecture


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


November 9

Woodland Cemetery Foundation Monthly Meeting

Presentation by Kevin Robinette, architect of the Gatehouse Restoration Project 

Cleveland Public Library, Woodland Avenue Branch

10:30 a.m., RSVP to Michelle Day at 216-319-2091 

Woodland Cemetery Foundation


November 12

Leadership in Community Innovation Award &  

Nurture an Idea Crowdrise Challenge Award Program

Cleveland State University, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

1717 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Roberta Steinbacher Atrium

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

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.  

Levin College Forum Program


November 15

"Dollars and Sense of Building Rehabilitation" Workshop

114 West Adams, Sandusky, Ohio

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., registration required, $$

Heritage Ohio


November 17

Tour of the College Club of Cleveland and Walking Tour of "The Overlook"

2348 Overlook Rd., Cleveland Heights

1:00 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by Nov. 13

Western Reserve Architectural Historians


November 19

Open House Celebrating the Cleveland Division of Fire Sesquicentennial Exhibit

Western Reserve Fire Museum, 310 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland

4:00 - 7:00 p.m., 216-664-6312

Western Reserve Fire Museum


November 29

Family History Festival

10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland  

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Western Reserve Historical Society 


November 30

Merchants' and Main Street Holiday Open House

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


MainStreet Wellington 





Save the Date    


December 8

Holiday Open House

Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

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

Cleveland Restoration Society




Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

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