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  Kerri Broome, editor
August 2014  

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In This Issue
Heritage Program Has 6,500 Technical Assists
New Report on Impact of Federal Historic Tax Credit
Apply for a 2015 History Fund Grant
How you can Help Cincinnati's Endangered Landmarks
Three AmeriCorps Positions Open
Vacancy on Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
CRS Welcomes New Staff Member
News from the Sarah Benedict House
Registration Open for National Preservation Conference

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Heritage Home Program(SM) Hits 6,500 Technical Assists

During July, the Heritage Home Program(SM) completed its 6,500th instance of technical assistance and its 3,400th site visit.  Many people gauge the program by the loans that are done (the 1,100th loan was done in July), but the heart and soul of the program is the technical assistance and site visits.  Our homeowner customers appreciate the unbiased, independent advice we give to any owner of a house that is more than 50 years old and located in a participating city (we now have 43 participating cities). To learn more, visit



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New Report on Impact of  

Federal Historic Tax Credit

As part of its Prosperity through Preservation campaign to protect and enhance the federal historic tax credit (HTC), the National Trust for Historic Preservation and its subsidiary, the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, retained economist Donovan Rypkema to undertake a study that could quantify the ways in which the historic tax credit serves as a catalyst for economic development. This report, The Federal Historic Tax Credit: Transforming Communities, was released in June. It demonstrates quantitatively the catalytic impact that the rehabilitation of historic buildings has on the community and effectively shows how, in the case studies, that none of those projects could have been successfully redeveloped without the use of the historic tax credit. Click here to see the report.




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Apply for a 2015 History Fund Grant

The Ohio History Connection Local History Office recently has announced that the application for 2015 History Fund grants is now available. To apply, visit and click on "History Fund Application." Applications are due September 3 by 11:59 p.m. To with the application process, there will be a webinar on August 6 at 10:00 a.m. The webinar is free, but registration is required.


Cincinnati 11 Most Endangered What You Can Do to Help in Cincinnati

The National Trust recently named both Union Terminal and Music Hall, Cincinnati landmarks, to its 11 Most Endangered list, highlighting the plight of these historic buildings. The Trust is currently circulating an online petition to encourage the Hamilton County Commissioners to allow a public vote on a sales tax, to help fund rehabilitation of these icons. Learn more and "sign" the petition here.


Three AmeriCorps Positions Open

The Ohio History Connection, State Historic Preservation Office is offering three AmeriCorps positions for 2014-2015. Two positions are for Community Surveyors in Piqua and Cleveland. A new position this year is for an Archaeology Survey and Outreach member in Columbus. The Archaeology AmeriCorps position will provide the member with practical experience on the practice of archaeology and the investigation of archaeological resources in Ohio through the archaeology programs of the Ohio History Connection. Click here for more information about the Community Surveyor positons available. The Archaeology Survey and Outreach position is not yet available through the AmeriCorps website. If interested in this position please contact Amy Rohmiller at or 614-297-2609.


Vacancy to Fill on the Cleveland Heights  

Landmark Commission

The City of Cleveland Heights is looking for interested parties to apply to the appointed volunteer position on the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission.  The Landmark Commission designates landmarks in the city in order to preserve, protect and perpetuate places, buildings, structures, and works of art having a special historical, community or aesthetic interest or value.  The Commission consists of seven members who have been residents of the city for at least five years prior to their appointments by Council for three-year terms. The City is looking for a candidate with an appreciation of history, architecture and preservation; knowledge of construction techniques is a plus.  Commission meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every other month.  Contact Kara Hamley O'Donnell for more information.  Click here for an application.




Abby Curtin

CRS Welcomes New Staff Member 
Please join us in welcoming new staff member Abby Curtin.  Abby joins staff as Heritage Home Program Intern and will be first point of contact for homeowners interested in the Heritage Home Program(SM).  Abby has an MA in Public History from Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis. Prior to coming to CRS, she completed a graduate internship at the Indiana State Historic Preservation Office.  Make sure to say hello at the next CRS event!




News from the Sarah Benedict House 

The Cleveland Restoration Society welcomes The Gaulding Law Firm and The Law Office of Robert Smith, III, LLC to the 3rd floor suite of the Sarah Benedict House. Welcome!




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Registration is now open for the 2014 National Preservation Conference in Savannah, Georgia, to be held November 11-14. Register before the early bird deadline of August 15 to save. The conference, PastForward, is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places. Preservationists, architects, planners, developers, environmentalists, students and scholars will come together to ask questions, challenge assumptions, debate solutions, and learn new skills and approaches. Make plans to attend today.



Upcoming Events    


August 2

Window Workshop

Cleveland Lumber, 9410 Madison Ave., Cleveland

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

Lakewood Alive


August 3

10th Annual Warehouse District Street Festival

West Sixth Street

Noon - 8:00 p.m., FREE

Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation


August 6

Webinar: "History Fund Applicant Help"

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Registration required, FREE

Ohio History Connection Local History Office


August 6

Webinar: "Preservation Green Lab"

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

Heritage Ohio


August 7

PechaKucha Night Cleveland, Volume 23

Part of AHA! Cleveland 

Cleveland Convention Center - Mall B

8:00 p.m., FREE

PechaKucha Night Cleveland 


August 8

"Dollars & Sense of Building Rehabilitation"

Waldo Peppers, 411 S. Main St., Findlay

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., registration required, $$

Heritage Ohio


August 10

"Archaeology in Your House and Neighborhood"

Alcazar Hotel, 2450 Derbyshire Rd., Cleveland Heights

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., FREE

Bluestone Heights

Cedar-Fairmount Summer Festival 2014


August 10

"The Marshall Greenhouses"

Part of the Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights: Garden Series 2014

16740 South Park Blvd, Shaker Heights,

3:00 p.m., register by calling 216-921-1201, $

Shaker Historical Society


August 15

"Building a New, Better Cleveland in a Post Foreclosure World"

Featuring Jim Rokakis, Vice President, Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Director, Thriving Communities Institute

850 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Noon, registration required, $

City Club of Cleveland


August 17

"Shaker Goes Modern" Bike Tour

1:00 p.m., register by calling 216-921-1201, $

Shaker Historical Society


August 19

2014 Cleveland Green Building Challenge - Deliver

Calfee Building, 1405 East 6th St., Cleveland

7:30 - 10:00 a.m., registration required, FREE

Northeast Ohio Chapter of the US Green Building Council

Cleveland 2030 District


August 25

"Heritage Home Program 101" 

Shaker Heights Library, 16500 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights

7:00 p.m., FREE

Shaker Heights Landmark Commission

Shaker Heights Public Library


Save the Date    


September 7

Gingerbread House Tour

Old Weymouth School, 3314 Myers Rd., Weymouth Village

1:00-4:00 p.m., tickets in advance at Medina Buehlers or the Convention/Visitors Bureau, $

Weymouth Preservation Society


September 19

"Creative Placemaking Across the United States"

Featuring Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America

850 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Noon, registration required, $

City Club of Cleveland


September 22-24

25th Silver Anniversary Annual Conference

University Hotel & Conference Center, 215 S. Depeyster St., Kent

Registration required, $$$

Heritage Ohio


October 11

CRS Benefit "10/11 at The 9"

5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Cleveland Restoration Society




Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000