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  Kerri Broome, editor
June 2014  

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In This Issue
Legacy Cities Conference
CRS Honored for Cozad-Bates House
Lucas County to Start Heritage Home Program
South Euclid Hosts Real Estate Professionals Day
Mayfield Heights Joins Heritage Program
CRS Position Open
New Resource for Vacant Commercial Properties
History Fund Reaches Goal
2014 Shaker Photo Contest Winners
Hudson Celebrates Historical Markers
Oberlin Heritage Center Offers Free Admission
News from the Sarah Benedict House
Job Opening at the National Trust
Oberlin Heritage Center Seeks Collections Manager
Tour Shaker from your Bike

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Legacy Cities Welcome
Legacy Cities Conference Has Begun

It's finally here! "Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities: An Interdisciplinary Convening" kicked off today at 1:00 p.m.  with welcoming remarks in the atrium of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Co-hosted by the Cleveland Restoration Society and the Levin College, this event is a gathering to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America's Legacy Cities.  You can follow along at #LegacyCities and #hplc. Click here to see the final program.  CSU has provided tips for transportation and parking here.  The registration table is located in the atrium of the Levin College, immediately inside the main doors to the college, at 1717 Euclid Avenue. We look forward to seeing you there!  



Cozad-Bates House CRS Honored for Cozad-Bates House

On Monday, June 2, the Cleveland Restoration Society was honored by Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell for its role in saving the historic Cozad-Bates House.

At one time, the historic house was an endangered landmark. The only antebellum structure left in University Circle, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.  For decades, CRS monitored the property and advocated for its protection as a Cleveland Landmark.  In 2006, Councilman Kevin Conwell responded to CRS's concerns and shepherded through the local designation of the structure.  Local designation is important because it provided for oversight by the Cleveland Landmarks Commission. Hunter Morrison, then Cleveland Planning Director, conducted primary research which indicated that the early section of the house, built before the Civil War, was vacant for years.  The Cozads were known to be abolitionists, and other homes that they owned are documented safe houses. The entire area, in fact, was a hotbed of anti-slavery families.  Shortly after the designation, University Hospitals generously donated the Cozad-Bates House to University Circle, Inc. Joan Southgate, founder of Restore Cleveland Hope, has walked the routes of the Underground Railroad to honor these heroic people.  She is actively working to establish an educational center within the house.



Lucas County to Start its Heritage Home Program

The Lucas County Land Bank has entered into an agreement with Cleveland Restoration Society to license the Heritage Home Program.  For the next three years, CRS will train the staff of the Lucas County Land Bank on how to operate the Program.  After three years, Lucas County will operate it on its own with minimal website and database assistance from CRS.  Lucas County Land Bank is truly a visionary pioneer since it recognizes that rehabilitation of older houses is a viable alternative to demolition. 




South Euclid Hosts Real Estate Professionals Day

On May 12, South Euclid hosted approximately 100 real estate professionals to learn about the City, the Schools and the Heritage Home PURCHASE Program (HHPP).  The HHPP is a partnership between CRS and First Federal Lakewood where a prospective homeowner can apply in a single application to obtain a home purchase loan and a Heritage Home rehabilitation loan.  That way the prospective homeowner will know how much will be available to rehab a house before actually buying the house.  South Euclid Mayor Georgianne Welo describes the HHPP as a "game changer" in today's world of vacant properties all over the county.



Mayfield Heights

CRS Welcomes Mayfield Heights to the  

Heritage Home Program

Mayfield Heights has become the 43rd city to join the Heritage Home Program.  "We are delighted to have Mayfield Heights join the program," said Kathleen Crowther, president of CRS. To learn more about the Heritage Home Program, visit



Cleveland Restoration Society Position Open (Full-time)

The Cleveland Restoration Society has a position open for a Heritage Home Program intern eager to learn the ropes in working for a successful, fast-paced historic preservation non-profit organization.  The Cleveland Restoration Society is a member of the National Trust Partners Network.  The intern will assist senior staff members with a range of tasks, primarily in the Heritage Home Program(SM), including administrative and clerical ones.  The successful candidate will have a firm grasp of the historic preservation field, its role in city planning and economic development, and excellent workplace skills, including communication, internet and business software facility, including Microsoft Office Suite and digital camera work.  A competitive hourly rate will be paid, with no additional benefits.  This full-time position is viewed as a short-term opportunity for the organization to assess the capacities of the intern for a longer term employment relationship.  Applying candidates are expected to have conducted their due diligence on the mission and programs of the Cleveland Restoration Society in order to envision how they may play a successful role in our operations.  Please respond by email only with a (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) college and/or university transcripts, and (4) a writing sample to Thomas A.Jorgensen, Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Restoration Society. Indicate the position "Heritage Home Program Intern" in the subject line.  Your email communication will be acknowledged within 48 hours.  Responses must be submitted no later than June 20, 2014.




Redeveloping Vacant Properties cover New Resource for Vacant Commercial Properties

"Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties in Legacy Cities: A Guidebook to Linking Property Reuse and Economic Revitalization" by Marianne Eppig and Lavea Brachman is a new guidebook available for download that offers a comprehensive set of tools and strategies for redeveloping commercial vacant properties and business districts in legacy cities. It is designed as a "how-to" manual for local leaders, identifying practices and policies that take advantage of the link between available commercial properties and needed economic re-growth strategies in legacy cities. This guidebook has been developed by the Greater Ohio Policy Center in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and with support from the Center for Community Progress. Click here to learn more information or to download the guide.



mastodon plate Ohio's History Fund  

Reaches Goal

The Ohio History Connection has announced that contributions to the History Fund through the tax check-off have exceeded the mandated goal $150,000. This means that History Fund grants will be available in 2015. To date, 16,843 Ohioans have contributed some of their tax refunds to the Fund.  OHC and CRS, as the recipient of a History Fund grant, would like to thank anyone who has contributed to the History Fund. There's still time to contribute, if you haven't already - the cut off is December 31, 2014. You can also support the Fund when you renew your license plates this year: $20 from the sale of every "Preserve Ohio History/Mastodon" license plate goes to support the History Fund. 



2014 Shaker photo contest winner

Shaker Announces 2014  

Photo Contest Winners

Recently, the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission announced the winners of its second annual Preservation Month Photo Contest. The Landmark Commission selected a first place winner and runner-up in each of five categories. New this year was a People's Choice winner, selected from a field of 20 options in an online survey garnering 500 votes ("Lynnfield Rapid Station" by Austin McGuan shown).  Eighty-one entries were received, nearly double the entries received in 2013. Thirty different photographers submitted photos.  Winning photos can be viewed at and will be published in a future issue of Shaker Life magazine. All contest entries can be viewed by joining the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission Flickr group.




Hudson Celebrates New Historical Markers

Members of the community joined Hudson Heritage Association Wednesday, June 4 to celebrate the installation of six markers identifying the boundaries of Hudson's national historic district. In 1973, members of Hudson Heritage Association worked with the Ohio Historical Society to create the National Register district, recognizing that portion of the city originally established by David Hudson in 1799 as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve.  At the time, there was no precedent in Ohio for creating such a district and Hudson Heritage established a special task force to begin identifying and cataloging the historic properties within its boundaries.  Today, nearly 150 properties in Hudson have been researched by Hudson Heritage Association and bear plaques reflecting their historic significance to the community. With the help of the city, the six new enameled cast aluminum markers will be installed. Founded in 1962, Hudson Heritage Association works to protect historic buildings, the village streetscape, and the city's Western Reserve architectural aesthetic.  It encourages the preservation of historic buildings by providing research, resources and education to homeowners who wish to maintain their historic homes and co-sponsors the city's work with the Cleveland Restoration Society. For more information, visit



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Oberlin Heritage Center Offers  

Free Admission This Summer through Blue Star Museum Program

The Oberlin Heritage Center has partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.   Guided tours of the Monroe House (1866), the Jewett House (1884) and the Little Red Schoolhouse (1836) are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., or at other times by appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome, although larger parties are requested to make a reservation by calling 440-774-1700 or sending an e-mail to [email protected]. Learn more about the Blue Star Museum Program here




News from the Sarah Benedict House 

CRS welcomes Michelle Reynolds to the Benedict House.

Michelle is a participant of Cleveland State University's Summer in the City  Internship Program, which began June 2 and ends on August 8. Michelle expects to graduate in December 2014 with her Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies and has an interest in community development and nonprofit management. She has over ten years of experience in banking. Welcome, Michelle! 



NTHP logo Job Opening at National Trust

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is looking for candidates to fill the position of Vice President for Historic Sites.  The Vice President for Historic Sites plays a key leadership role within the Trust's Preservation Division and throughout the entire Trust. The position reports to and partners with the Chief Preservation Officer and provides leadership to staff and volunteer stewards of the Trust's 27 diverse historic sites.  National Trust Sites are places of national significance or impact where a variety of ownership, stewardship, business, use, and engagement practices flourish to advance the National Trust mission and model the many options for preservation. Working within the framework of the National Trust's vision for historic sites, the Vice President for Historic Sites provides strategic and operational direction and guidance to the site directors, professional staff, and boards. See more about this opportunity here.


OHC logo Oberlin Heritage Center Seeks  

Collections Manager

The Oberlin Heritage Center in Oberlin, Ohio seeks applicants for the part-time position of Collections Manager.  The Collections Manager manages, processes, acknowledges, catalogs, stores and cares for the museum's three dimensional objects, as well as its archival and library collections in accordance with professional standards to preserve them for education, outreach, exhibition and research.  See a full position description at



Tour Shaker from your Bike

The Shaker Historical Society & Museum has announced the return of Bike Shaker Tours. There are four tours, each one featuring a different facet of the city's history or architecture.  These are guided tours led by SHS Board Members and avid cyclists, Rick Smith and Greydon Petznick. Each tour requires a reservation, made by calling 216-921-1201, and costs $15 if you use your own bike or $20 if you want to rent a bike. SHS Members receive a $5 discount. A corresponding exhibit, "On Your Bike!" will be on display at the historical society through August 31. Click here to learn more.





Upcoming Events    


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


June 7

Doan Brook Gorge Natural History Walking Tour

12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland

3:00 p.m., reservations by calling 216-325-7781, $ 

Doan Brook Watershed Partnership 


June 11

June Network Meeting: "The Sustainable Value of Preserving Urban Places"

Featuring Kathleen H. Crowther

Musica, Akron

5:30 p.m.

Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability 


June 12

"Building a Better Board"

Part of the Main Street Revitalization Series

Andrews Hall Great Room

Marietta College, 215 5th St., Marietta

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., registration required, $$

Heritage Ohio


June 13

Twilight Garden Party

7:00 - 10:00 p.m., ticket required, $

Medina Community Design Committee


June 14 - 15

10th Annual Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights Weekend

Fair at Shaker Historical Society, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m., FREE

Twilight in the Garden Party, Saturday 6:00 - 10:00p.m., $$$

Gracious Gardens Tour, Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., $

Shaker Historical Society 


June 22

Shaker Bike Tour: "East View Tour"

1:00 p.m., reservations required by calling 219 - 921- 1201, $

Shaker Historical Society


June 24

2014 Cleveland Green Building Challenge - Target

Advanced Technology Training Center @ Tri-C Metro

7:30 - 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


June 28

CLE City Life Tour

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

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress


June 29

Cleveland Goes Modern Tour: "Modern Masterpiece" 

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

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., registration required, $



July 1

Caring for your Collections Workshop II - Textiles

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., registration required, class limited to 15, $

Shaker Historical Society




Save the Date    


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

July 15

Caring for your Collections Workshop III - All that Shines

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., registration required, class limited to 15, $

Shaker Historical Society


July 20 

Cleveland Goes Modern Tour: "Collinwood Collection" 

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

2:00 - 6:00 p.m., registration required, $


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

July 22

Caring for your Collections Workshop IV - Furniture & Wood

16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., registration required, class limited to 15, $

Shaker Historical Society




Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000