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  Kerri Broome, editor
May 2014  

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In This Issue
2014 Preservation Month
Legacy Cities Conference Update
2014 Preservation Award Winners
Heritage Home Program Update
Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist Update
New National Treasures
Ohio History Connection
Joe Marinucci Honored
In Memoriam: Ray Shepardson
CRS Seeks Database Developers
Heritage Ohio Call for Award Nominations
Heritage Ohio Issues RFP for New Program
Heritage Ohio 2014 Photo Contest
CAC Annual Report
Lakewood's Annual Scavenger Hunt
South Euclid Real Estate Workshop
Cleveland City Life Tours
New ARTneo Tours

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Preservation Month 2014
The New Age of Preservation

May is Preservation Month, and throughout the month, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and state and local preservation organizations (like the Cleveland Restoration Society are showing how we celebrate and save historic places all year-round! CRS started our Preservation Month festivities with our annual Celebration of Preservation awards program. You can read about the winners later in this issue of Perspectives. The theme of Preservation Month for 2014 is "New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage." May always offers many activities in Northeast Ohio. Check out our events calendar for some great ideas!


Another event that you can start planning for now is the annual National Preservation Conference. The 2014 conference, PastForward, will take place November 11 - 14 in Savannah, Georgia at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.  Savannah is a great American city that warrants a second, or for the National Preservation Conference, a third visit (1968, 1998 and now in 2014). From its commitment to historic preservation to its forward thinking and innovative approaches, there's so much to learn from this city, its community and its people. More details will be available in June and registration will open July 1. Be sure to join the Facebook PastForward event page and follow the conference at Twitter @PresNationLive (#presconf).



Legacy Cities Conference Update

Registration is open for "Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities: An Interdisciplinary Convening." This conference will be held at Cleveland State University June 5 - 7, 2014. Hosted by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Cleveland Restoration Society, this event will be a gathering to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America's Legacy Cities.  You can view the preliminary program and the session descriptions online here. Don't miss this opportunity! Click here for registration.




2014 Celebration of Preservation Announcing the 2014 Preservation Award Winners!

Last Thursday, the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland recognized eleven projects at the annual Celebration of Preservation award program at the Union Club. These awards are bestowed upon organizations, companies, and individuals whose contributions demonstrate excellence and outstanding commitment to our communities. Our 2014 award winners are:

  • Cleveland Architects Database
  • Weymouth Preservation Society
  • Langston Hughes House
  • 1103 Starkweather
  • The Transformer Station
  • Cleveland Heights Residence
  • St. Patrick Church
  • Victory Center
  • University Tower Apartments
  • Charles F. Schweinfurth: Uncompromising Architect of Cleveland's Valiant Age
  • St. Luke's Manor

Winners were selected by a jury of AIA and CRS representatives. The selection criteria included the overall quality of work, adherence to preservation standards, the risk taken by project partners, the use of innovative project tools, and impact on the greater community. The Celebration of Preservation event is a joyful, colorful gathering that shows what a difference preservation is making in the communities of Northeast Ohio. To see more about this year's awards, click here



Joe Cimperman

Heritage Program Welcomes  

New Communities

Since the beginning of the year, Brook Park, Brooklyn Heights, Chardon, Olmsted Falls, Russell Township, Warrensville Heights and Cleveland's Ward 3 (Councilman Joe Cimperman, shown here) have become the latest communities to join the Heritage Home Program(SM).  Owners of homes fifty years or older now have access to free technical assistance, personalized site visits, and low interest fixed rate financing for repairs and renovations.  For more information, and a complete list of the participating communities, go to



Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist Update

Following an RFP from the City of Cleveland, three proposals were submitted for the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist. The church building is located at Lake Avenue and W. 117th Street. It is currently owned by the City. Two of the ideas submitted propose to demolish the church and create residential units along Lake Avenue. The third submission proposes to rehabilitate the church to create an indoor climbing facility. You can view the three proposals here.



New National Treasures

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently announced a new round of National Treasures.  National Treasures are historic places with national significance, or their protection sets an important national precedent; are threatened; and where the National Trust can make a distinctive contribution to a successful outcome.  These Treasures focus on geographic diversity.  The new National Treasures are:

  • Antiguo Acueducto del Rio Peidras (San Juan, PR)
  • Painted Desert Community Complex (Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona)
  • Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
  • Villa Lewaro (Irvington, New York)
  • New York State Pavilion (Queens, New York)
  • Whitney Studio (New York, New York)
  • James River (Virginia)
  • The Palisades (New Jersey)
  • Fort Huachuca - Mountain View Officers' Club (Arizona)

There will be two more rounds of Treasures in this calendar year, so if you have sites you feel might meet the criteria to be a National Treasure, send your suggestions to the National Trust at  Your email should include name or a description of the site; location; brief explanation of the site's significance; brief explanation of the threat; contact person; and a photo of the site. It's that simple!



OHC logo Ohio Historical Society Rebranding as 

Ohio History Connection

The Ohio Historical Society is about to make history of its own with a brand new name: the Ohio History Connection. Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio Historical Society, said the name change is the result of two years of research both nationally and in Ohio. Logan said an overwhelming majority of respondents enjoyed the services and historical sites in Ohio, but those same people felt the words "historical" and "society" were too exclusive and antiquated. "That is the exact opposite of what we are and what we aim to be," he added. "We believe the Ohio History Connection communicates our service in the simplest way possible: assisting people with accessing, preserving and sharing Ohio's past."  The new name will take effect Saturday, May 24 with a celebratory event. 



Joe Marinucci Sauted Joe Marinucci Honored  

for Charity

Joe Marinucci, president & CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Inc. and immediate past president of the Cleveland Restoration Society, will be honored by the Ohio Cancer Research Associates on May 8 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The event, called the Grand Illusions Saute, raises funds for basic cancer research, public information and awareness. When it comes to the frying pan, Joe is no slouch. We have been grateful for his expertise in manning CRS's grill at the annual Beer & Brats @ the Benedict, and even more so for his support and wisdom with countless board-related issues. Joe is an incredible asset to Cleveland.  The board and staff of CRS wish him and the Ohio Cancer Research Associates the best of luck in their fundraising efforts.



Ray Shepardson

In Memoriam: Ray Shepardson

The Cleveland Restoration Society honors the spirit and dedication of Ray Shepardson, who passed away last month. Ray rallied Clevelanders to save the historic theatres in Playhouse Square. He was the first and prominent voice to save our city's beautiful and irreplaceable theatre district. After leaving Cleveland, Ray continued to work for and to inspire the revitalization of historic theatres across the country. We send our condolences to his family and friends. Photo by Lois Bernstein/AP. 




binary-beams-abstract.jpg CRS Seeks Database Developers

CRS is looking for a Database Developer to update its Access Database containing information from its Heritage Home Program for the past 22 years. Persons that are interested should go here for the complete Request for Proposals containing details about our database and the changes we are hoping to achieve. RFPs are due May 25, 2014.  Please pass this information on to any computer whiz who you think might be interested in the project.



Heritage Ohio Call for Award Nominations

Heritage Ohio's annual awards recognize the best in the state for historic preservation and downtown revitalization in categories such as Best Public/Private Partnership, Spirit of Main Street, Best Commercial Rehabilitation, and (new this year) Historic Farmstead of the Year.  They are accepting nominations now through Friday, May 23, in order to honor award winners at a special ceremony during the organization's annual conference in September.  If you have a project or person that deserves special recognition for historic preservation or downtown revitalization, complete and submit a nomination form, available here.



Heritage Ohio issues RFP for New Program

Heritage Ohio has begun laying the groundwork for their new brick & mortar fund, Save Ohio's Treasures. They've issued an RFP to retain a consultant to help write an implementation plan for the program. RFPs are due May 30. View the RFP here.



Heritage Ohio 2014 Photo Contest

It's Preservation Month, and that means it's time to vote for your favorite image in Heritage Ohio's Preservation Month 2014 Photo Contest. You can view the finalists and vote here. Voting closes May 22 and the winner will be announced May 23.



CAC Releases Annual Report  

to the Community

In April, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) released new data demonstrating that public funding for arts and culture continues to have a positive impact on the residents of Cuyahoga County. The data, as well as stories highlighting the impact of funding on CAC-funded organizations, are highlighted in CAC's 2013 Report to the Community, "Your Investment. Strengthening Community." A PDF of the report is available here. CAC provided $13.7 million in operating support to 57 nonprofit organizations in 2013, including the Cleveland Restoration Society. Since Cuyahoga Arts & Culture was created by voters in 2006, it has invested more than $112 million in 259 arts and culture organizations throughout Cuyahoga County.



Lakewood Scavenger Hunt detail

Lakewood's 5th Annual Preservation Month Scavenger Hunt

The Lakewood Historical Society is hosting its 5th annual scavenger hunt to celebrate National Preservation Month. The scavenger hunt of twenty historic architectural features, all found throughout Lakewood, will run between May 10 and May 20, 2014. The downloadable entry form will be posted on the Lakewood Historical Society web site and Facebook page, Vintage Lakewood, on May 10.  Completed entries must be submitted by 7:00 p.m. on May 20 at Rozi's Wine House (14900 Detroit Avenue) or Lakewood Hardware (16608 Madison Avenue).  For more information, click here.



South Euclid Real Estate Professionals Workshop

The City of South Euclid is hosting a Real Estate Professionals Workshop on Monday, May 12.  Consider attending if you are a licensed real estate professional interested in earning two continuing education credits, enjoying a delicious lunch at the Mayfield Sand Ridge Club, and learning about the many new and exciting developments that will change the way you think about and sell South Euclid.  This includes the brand new Heritage Home Purchase Program from the Cleveland Restoration Society and First Federal Lakewood that will open up a new market of prospects for properties in need of renovation. RSVP here.


City Life Tour

Discover Cleveland's Neighborhoods this Month

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is offering citywide bus tours to introduce (or re-introduce) you to some of the coolest and most unique places to live in Northeast Ohio. Join them and see why Tremont and Ohio City receive so much publicity; why University Circle is considered the most intellectual square mile in the nation; and why demand is so high for downtown Cleveland living options.  Each tour will also include stops at select available residential units.  These "City Life Tours" will boost your love and passion for Cleveland. Each tour takes approximately 2.5 hours. Tours are scheduled for May 10 and May 31. Reserve your spot here.



New Series of Home Tours Planned Through ARTneo

Throughout 2014, ARTneo is presenting a series of exclusive tours of beautiful homes and spectacular art collections. This series is being called "Elegant Domesticity: A Celebration of the Art & Architecture of Cleveland". Tours are $35 per person individually or $150 for the entire series. The first event is planned for May 18 and tours three of the modern homes highlighted in the ARTneo exhibition "Cleveland Goes Modern: Designs for the Home 1930-1970". For information, call 216-227-9507 or visit




Upcoming Events    


May 8 - 9

Great Lakes Renaissance Symposium on High-Performing Building Enclosures

Renaissance Cleveland, 24 Public Square, Cleveland

Registration required


AIA Cleveland


May 8

S-M-L-XL Hard Hat Tour: Fairmount Creamery

2306 West 17th St. & 1720 Willey Ave., Cleveland

5:30 - 8:00 p.m., registration required, $

AIA Cleveland Associates Committee


May 10

CLE City Life Tour

2:00 - 4:30 p.m., reservations required, $

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress


May 12

South Euclid Real Estate Professionals Workshop

Mayfield Sand Ridge Club, 1545 Sheridan Rd., South Euclid

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., registration required, FREE  

City of South Euclid


May 14

11th Annual Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon

Featuring Dr. John Crompton

The Westin Cleveland Downtown

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., reservations required, online or 216-344-3937 $$

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation

PlayhouseSquare District Development Corporation

Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation


May 14

"Millionaires Row" presentation

Lee Road Branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, 2345 Lee Rd.

7:00 p.m., registration required, FREE

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission

Cleveland Heights Historical Society

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library


May 15 - 16

Ohio Courthouse Symposium

Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, 65 S. Front St. and Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N. Fourth St., Columbus

Registration required, $$

County Commissioners Association of Ohio

Ohio Historical Society

Supreme Court of Ohio

Heritage Ohio

AIA Columbus


May 17 - 18

2014 Flag Decorating

Woodland Cemetery, 6901 Woodland Ave., Cleveland

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Woodland Cemetery Foundation 


May 17

Coventry Walking Tour

Coventry Village Branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, 1925 Coventry Rd.

10:00 a.m. - Noon, registration required, FREE

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission

Cleveland Heights Historical Society

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library


May 18

"Cleveland Goes Modern" Tour

Part of the "Elegant Domesticity: A Celebration of the Art & Architecture of Cleveland" Series

1:00 - 5:00 p.m., registration required, $



May 18

St. Luke's Tour

Shaker Blvd. & E. 116th St., Cleveland

2:00 p.m., registration required by 5/14 to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820

Western Reserve Architectural Historians


May 20

"Perspectives on Growth and Economic Development"

With William Friedman, President & CEO of the Port of Cleveland

Crowne Plaza Cleveland South, Independence

7:30 - 9:00 a.m., registration required, $

Cleveland Engineering Society


May 20

"We are just wild about Harry Shupe!" Presentation

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

6:30 p.m., registration required, 216-921-1201 or, FREE

Shaker Historical Society & Museum


May 21

"Fixing Your Wood Windows" with CRS's Mary Ogle

Lee Road Branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, 2345 Lee Rd.

7:00 p.m., registration required, FREE

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission

Cleveland Heights Historical Society

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library


May 24

2014 Flag Decorating

Woodland Cemetery, 6901 Woodland Ave., Cleveland

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Woodland Cemetery Foundation 


May 25

Cleveland Mass Mob III

St. Adalbert's, 2347 East 83rd St., Cleveland

11:00 a.m.


May 31

CLE City Life Tour

2:00 - 4:30 p.m., reservations required, $

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress


June 5 - 7

Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities

Cleveland State University

Registration required, $$$

Cleveland Restoration Society

Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs


June 5

PechaKucha Night Cleveland - Volume 22

Flats East Bank, 3rd Floor Terrace

8:00 - 10:30 p.m., registration required, FREE

PechaKucha Night Cleveland


June 6

Beer & Brats @ the Benedict

3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., reservations required, $$

Cleveland Restoration Society




Save the Date    



June 14 - 15

10th Annual Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights

Shaker Historical Society 


June 24

2014 Cleveland Green Building Challenge - Target

Location TBD

8:00 - 10:00 a.m., registration required, FREE

Northeast Ohio Chapter of the United States Green Building Council

Cleveland 2030 District


June 26

134th Annual Meeting & Celebration

Western Reserve Historical Society: Crawford Auto Museum

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

Cleveland Engineering Society

July 12
Summer Garden Party
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cleveland Restoration Society

July 22
Annual Membership Meeting
3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Cleveland Restoration Society




Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000