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  Kerri Broome, editor
January 2014  

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In This Issue
2014 Community Luncheon
SNOOP! of the Schweinfurth Exhibit
CRS Accepting Award Nominations
Call for Papers for the Legacy Cities Conference
Volunteer Surveyors Wanted
IRS Issues Historic Tax Credit Safe Harbor Guidance
National Preservation Award Nominations Open
Trust Taking Nominations for 11 Most Endangered List
National Trust Moves to Watergate
Round 11 Ohio Historic Tax Credit Recipients Announced
Ohio Vacant Facilities Funds Available
New Director for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office
Cleveland Foundation Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Support Renewed
Historic Preservation Position Open
Office Space Available at the Sarah Benedict House
Meetings Scheduled for Ohio Young Preservationists
More About CRS

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Chris Connor 2014 Community Luncheon

The Cleveland Restoration Society announces Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sherwin-Williams Company, as keynote speaker for our 2014 Community Luncheon.  Almost 150 years ago, two Cleveland entrepreneurs partnered to offer ready-made paint to "Cover the Earth" in full color.  They were on the cusp of the American industrial revolution powered by places like Cleveland, Ohio, an American Legacy City.  The Sherwin-Williams Company has remained loyal to its commitment to manufacture paints and coatings that protect all types of structural surfaces while calling Cleveland its global home.  The corporate headquarters of The Sherwin-Williams Company have been housed in the Landmark Office Towers, part of the Terminal Tower Group, since 1930.  Truly earning the distinction as a venerable Cleveland enterprise, Sherwin-Williams is not only the number one producer of paints and coatings in the United States, but is among the largest producers in the world.  Mr. Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sherwin-Williams  Company since 1999, will share with us the company's abiding commitment to historic preservation as an economic revitalization tool.  The Community Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the beautifully restored ballroom of the Tudor Arms Hotel in Cleveland's University Circle.  Individual tickets start at $75 per person.  Table hosting and program advertising opportunities are available. Click here for more information.



SNOOP! of the Charles F. Schweinfurth Exhibit on  

January 12

Join CRS Trustee and Schweinfurth Exhibit curator Anthony Hiti for a talk and tour of "Charles F. Schweinfurth, Uncompromising Architect of Cleveland's Valiant Age" at ARTneo. This exhibit encompasses the work of one of Cleveland's most important early architects.  It features photographs of Schweinfurth buildings (many now destroyed) and architectural plans as well as items from the Cleveland Public Library's Schweinfurth Collection including public park plans, plans for Schweinfurth's own home, photographs, early student drawings, and additional artifacts. The exhibit will pay particular attention to "lost Schweinfurth," as these buildings now outnumber those existing, and it will highlight the connection to area institutions and draw on the collections at these institutions, such as Cleveland State University, the Western Reserve Historical Society, and Trinity Cathedral. 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).  The SNOOP! takes place on Sunday, January, 12 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ARTneo is located within the Beck Center for the Arts on Cleveland's near West Side in Lakewood, Ohio. This event is FREE for CRS members. RSVP here.  You must be a CRS member to attend.  Not yet a member?  Click here.





Submit Preservation Award Nominations to CRS by January 31 

The Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland will once again hold a Celebration of Preservation during historic preservation month in May 2014.  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 are due by January 31, 2014 and 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.



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February 1 Deadline for Papers for  

Legacy Cities Conference 

The Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Restoration Society are convening an interdisciplinary meeting to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America's legacy cities, where long-term population loss and economic decline present significant challenges for the future of the urban built environment.  These cities have significant cultural heritage and a large stock of historic buildings, yet vacancy and abandonment are very pressing realities and, at times, demolition may be the best course of action.  This convening will be an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas, and devise solutions. We invite policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and scholars from a range of fields, including urban planning and design, community and economic development, urban policy, and historic preservation.  The convening will take place at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University June 5 - 7, 2014 and will include speaker sessions, roundtable discussions, and tours. Proposals are invited on any topic that addresses the role of historic preservation in America's legacy cities.  Click here for more information.  Submissions must be received by February 1, 2014.



Volunteer Surveyors Wanted

Would you like to volunteer your time and help survey mid-century modern architecture?  The Ohio History Service Corps, a program of the Ohio Historical Society working with AmeriCorps members, is conducting history-related projects within communities throughout Ohio.  As a part of this effort, a surveyor for the Ohio Historic Preservation Corps is surveying historic properties and neighborhoods of the mid-twentieth century, from 1940-1970, in Cleveland, co-sponsored with the Cleveland Restoration Society.  Properties will include residential, commercial, religious, civic, and cultural sites reflecting important themes and architecture associated with mid-twentieth century Cleveland and its suburbs.  This work is being conducted by AmeriCorps member Petra Knapp. She is gathering information to complete an Ohio Historic Inventory form for the 150 properties selected to be included in the survey.  The Ohio Historic Inventory is an ongoing statewide survey of buildings, sites, structures, and objects of historical and architectural significance. The Ohio Historic Inventory is used to record basic visual exterior features and details and information from historical research for historic resources in Ohio. Since 1974, more than I 00,000 historic properties in Ohio have been entered into the Ohio Historic Inventory. The Ohio Historic Preservation Office in Columbus maintains the survey forms and reports generated by the Ohio Historic Inventory. If you are interested in volunteering to assist with this survey, contact local project director Michael Fleenor, CRS's director of preservation services, at 216-426-3109 or [email protected].



IRS Issues Historic Tax Credit Safe Harbor Guidance

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a revenue procedure providing a safe harbor to those who invest in renovations of historic commercial buildings. This comes in response to an August 2012 federal appeals court decision involving historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. 

Revenue Procedure 2014-12 establishes the requirements under which the IRS will not challenge partnership allocations of rehabilitation credits under Section 47 of the Tax Code. The revenue procedure takes effect for the allocation of HTCs made by a partnership to its partners beginning December 30, 2013.  Read more here.




National Preservation Award Nominations Open

What do the Empire State Building, a South Carolina Gullah Geeche house, a San Francisco YMCA building, and the Cleveland Restoration Society have in common? They've all received National Preservation Awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation!  Now is your chance to nominate a deserving project, individual, organization, or agency to receive one of these prestigious, national awards!  Each year the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated excellence in historic preservation.  Do you know of a project that deserves to join this group and be recognized as one of the best in preservation?  Nominate that individual, organization, agency, or project now for a National Preservation Award.  The nomination deadline is March 3, 2014.



Submit Places for the 2014 11 Most Endangered List

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Over the past 26 years, the National Trust's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has been instrumental in helping to sound the alarm for, and save, hundreds of America's most threatened places. Many places named to the list in recent years are already on the path to preservation, like Ohio's Zoar Village.  The deadline for submissions to the list is March 3, 2014. 



Watergate National Trust Moves to Watergate

The National Trust has moved from its beloved home at 1785 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC's Dupont Circle to the iconic Watergate Office Building.  While this new address was made famous by the 1970s presidential scandal, it is also one of the city's finest examples of modern architecture and the National Trust is proud to contribute to this architectural legacy.  The mixed-use Watergate Complex has five buildings, all of which were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.  The buildings of the Watergate Complex were designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti and the landscapes by noted DC-based landscape architect Boris Timchenko. Click here to learn more about the National Trust's new home.



Round 11 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Recipients Announced

On December 20, 2013, the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $33 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits to rehabilitate 31 historic buildings in 10 communities across the state.  The projects are expected to leverage nearly $400 million in private investments.  "The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit strengthens local communities by restoring a piece of its history," said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.  The awards will assist private developers in rehabilitating buildings in downtowns and neighborhoods.  Many of the buildings sit vacant today, meaning they will drive further investment in their surrounding neighborhoods once new businesses and residents move in.  Cleveland recipients are the George Worthington Company Warehouse building and the May Company building (shown above).  Read more about all of the recipients here.




Ohio Vacant Facilities Funds Still Available

Grant funds are still available from the Ohio Vacant Facilities Fund for businesses that create jobs in underutilized commercial and industrial sites.  The $2 million Ohio Vacant Facilities Fund provides a $500 grant for each new job created in a building that has been at least 75% vacant for a year.  The funds can be used for acquisition, renovation, or equipment for the building. Jobs must be full-time and meet or exceed minimum wage, but can be in any for-profit sector.  To learn more, click here.



New Director for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office

The Ohio Historical Society has named Amanda Schraner as the new director of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.  Currently the Georgia Historic Resource Section Chief and Deputy State Historic Preservation office, Schraner will start her new position on January 31, 2014.



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Cleveland Foundation  

Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The Cleveland Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country, is celebrating its centennial in 2014, and began a year-long celebration on January 2 with the announcement of the first in a series of monthly "Cleveland Foundation Day" birthday gifts to the community.  The foundation will be announcing gifts to the city of Cleveland on the 2nd day of every month.  The first gift will take place on January 16, when all rides on the RTA will be free.  The Cleveland Foundation, with assets of $2 billion and grantmaking of around $100 million annually, has played a key role in shaping Greater Cleveland over the past hundred years.  The Cleveland Restoration Society is grateful for the support of the foundation through the years.



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Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Operating Support Renewed

A big thank you to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) for continued support of the Cleveland Restoration Society.  On December 10, CAC announced that it will invest $13,700,000 in grants to 57 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County in 2014 through its General Operating Support grant program. Cleveland Restoration Society is one of the organizations that receives operating support from CAC through a competitive application process.  We are grateful for this support, and for the vision of the citizens of Cuyahoga County, who make CAC possible.  Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture in Cuyahoga County. Since 2007, CAC has invested $112 million in 237 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County. To read more about CAC, click here.




Historic Preservation Position Open

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has announced the availability of a Program Analyst/NRC Liaison position in its Washington, DC office. The successful candidate will serve as the primary ACHP staff liaison with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and will be responsible for implementing the scope of work in the interagency agreement between the commission and ACHP. The successful candidate will serve as principal point of contact for the commission's Section 106 project reviews and provide technical and expert assistance to the commission in the development and implementation of program alternatives under the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  These duties will require participation in consultations with State Historic Preservation Officers, Indian tribes, local governments, and the public.  To learn more click here.



Sarah Benedict House Office Space Available at Historic  

Sarah Benedict House

Available for lease right now 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 [email protected].




North Market Meetings Scheduled for

Ohio Young Preservationists

Are you looking to meet other young adults interested in historic preservation and discuss the future of Ohio Young Preservationists? Heritage Ohio has scheduled two planning sessions in Columbus at the historic North Market on January 17 & January 21.  These sessions will be part meet-and-greet and part discussion about what the future of a young preservationist movement could look like.  The meetings are free and open to any young preservationists in Ohio with an interest in helping to shape the future of historic preservation in Ohio. RSVP to the meetings in the events calendar in this issue of Perspectives, below. 





Upcoming Events    


Now through January 19

"Miniature Wonderlands" Exhibit

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

Tuesday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., $

Shaker Historical Society 


January 11

Introductory Volunteer Docent Training

Monroe House, 73� South Professor St., Oberlin

Noon -to 4:00 p.m., register by calling 440-774-1700 or email [email protected] 

Oberlin Heritage Center 


January, 12

SNOOP! of the Schweinfurth Exhibit

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

2:00 - 3:00 p.m., registration required, FREE for CRS members

Cleveland Restoration Society


January 15

Webinar: "Walkable Communities"

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

Heritage Ohio


January 17

Young Ohio Preservationists Meeting
North Market, 59 Spruce St., Columbus

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

Heritage Ohio


January 19

67th Annual Meeting of Members

With guest speaker Terry Schwarz, director of Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative discussing "Historic Preservation and Urban Regeneration"

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

4:00 - 5:30, open to the public, RSVP to [email protected], FREE

Shaker Historical Society


January 21

Young Ohio Preservationists Meeting

North Market, 59 Spruce St., Columbus

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., registration required, FREE

Heritage Ohio


January 28

"Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Me?"

HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Rd., Cleveland Heights

7:00 p.m., open to the public, reservations requested to 216-381-6100, ext. 16, FREE

Home Repair Resource Center


February 6

Community Luncheon

Featuring Christopher M. Connor

Tudor Arms Hotel, 10660 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., registration required, $

Cleveland Restoration Society




Save the Date    


February 27

Ohio Statehood Day


Heritage Ohio 


March 21, 2014

2014 Summit: "Bridging the GAPP: Honoring our History, Fueling our Future" 

Fairmount Hotel, Pittsburgh

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Registration required, $$$ 

Gas and Preservation Partnership


June 5 - 7, 2014 

Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities


Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Cleveland Restoration Society 





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