Perspectives Winter Banner
  Kerri Broome, editor
March 2015  

CRS logo
In This Issue
Dr. Clement Price

Attending "Curating Black America" and Honoring Dr. Clement Price

"Curating Black America" was an energy-booster for history and historic preservation sponsored by Rutgers University, as part of its Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series. Started by Dr. Clement Price in 1981, the workshop has become perhaps the most important convening during Black History Month in any American city. It attracts top scholars and thought leaders to Newark, New Jersey for a day of presentations and discussion among an audience of approximately 600 people. This wonderful event is attended by a real mix of people, young and old, black and white. Dr. Clement Price, a close friend to the Cleveland Restoration Society, was lost to the historic preservation field suddenly last year. CRS Honorary Life Trustee Bracy Lewis and President Kathleen Crowther attended this year's conference, which was held on February 21 and dedicated to Dr. Price. African-American history is fully embedded in the American experience, yet many of us are just beginning to understand that. CRS's legacy project, "Landmarks of Cleveland's African-American Experience", was an extraordinary personal experience of deeper understanding on our local history, which is certainly part of the larger American story. To learn more about "Curating Black America", click here.


Calling All Contractors!

Home repair contractors are invited to the Heritage Home Program Contractor Open House tomorrow, Friday, March 6 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Join us to talk shop, get updated on the Heritage Home Program and meet new Preservation Construction Manager Jim Blocksidge. The Heritage Home Program helps owners of older homes with home maintenance and improvement across Northeast Ohio. Heritage Home Program staff complete home site visits to discuss maintenance issues and help solve repair problems. Staff also helps connect homeowners to electricians, plumbers, masons, carpenters, roofers, general contractors, and more who can get the job done right. Whether you are a seasoned HHP contractor or just discovering HHP, join us this Friday, March 6 at the Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland! For more information, contact Abby Curtin.


New Report about Neighborhood Schools

The Center for Community Progress recently posted a blog entry with information about a noteworthy initiative coming out Philadelphia. The Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania recently proposed a school redevelopment initiative to the Philadelphia School District, as the district prepared to close seven more schools in a city where eight other school buildings are already empty. The report acknowledged that lack of funds and changes in neighborhood demographics may lead Philadelphia to close as many as 50 more schools in the next 10 years. Urban school districts, including Cleveland's, are seeing schools close due to population declines, the buildings' age, and other factors. As buildings deteriorate, nearby residents are often left to wonder what can, or will, be done, while local leaders grapple with financial, market, and other constraints. Nationally, of approximately 99,000 schools, between 1,200 to 2,200 schools have closed every year since the 2001-02 school year, according to information from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. See the full blog entry here.


ICOMOS logo A Statement from ICOMOS

We share with you a statement from the International Council on Monuments and Sites, issued on Saturday, February 28:  

"Just when the outer limits of one's ability to be shocked by the depths of human iniquity seem to have been exceeded, something more cruel and brutal comes along that defies the definitions of outrage and horror. Such is the case with the recent videos released by the Islamic State featuring a cruel orgy of killings and now followed by the wanton destruction of universally valued cultural treasures in Iraq. Of course, the orchestrated intention behind these videos is precisely that: to continue to shock the world through an endless broadcast of increasing of brutality. At the risk of a unintentionally abetting the aim of the Islamic State to publicize their escalating crimes against humanity, ICOMOS cannot remain a silent witness to the arbitrary and unjustified massive extermination of individuals, communities and our shared cultural heritage and memory. A simple expression of repudiation on our part is futile and no longer an adequate response given the magnitude of the atrocities being perpetrated. The shared task to be assumed now is to stop the insanity through whatever means may be available. For this reason, ICOMOS fully supports the call issued by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council in the hope that the international community can put in place the means to end this downward spiral into savagery."


National Preservation Awards Nominations  

Due by March 16

The National Preservation Awards honor the very best in preservation taking place across America. Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presents a select number of major awards. The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award recognizes an individual's outstanding lifetime achievement in the preservation field. The Trustees' Award for Organizational Excellence recognizes a nonprofit organization, large or small, that has demonstrated sustained and superlative achievement in historic preservation. The Driehaus Preservation Awards recognize and celebrate the country's best preservation projects-projects that highlight cutting-edge preservation approaches or technologies. These exclusive awards, given at the National Preservation Conference, serve to educate and inspire and raise the visibility of the preservation movement. Nominations for these awards are due by March 16. Note that the nomination process has changed from previous years. To review the guidelines, eligibility requirements and learn how to apply, click here.


OHC logo

Grants for Properties Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

The Ohio History Connection is accepting applications for grants that will fund projects related to preservation of historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. OHC expects to award $300,000 in grants to assist historic preservation projects in Cuyahoga and Ashtabula counties, the two Ohio counties that received a disaster declaration as a result of this storm. This may also include projects to improve preparedness for future disasters. For construction projects, properties must be listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The minimum grant award is $2,500. These grants have no requirement for the applicant to provide matching funds. Retroactive costs may be eligible for reimbursement provided damage is documented as hurricane-related and federal procurement standards were met. All projects must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Applications are due to the Ohio History Connection, State Historic Preservation Office by May 1, 2015. Click here for more information.


Your Ohio Tax Return can  

Make History!

It's easy to make a tax-deductible donation to Ohio History!  Look for "Ohio Historical Society" on your Ohio tax return and designate a dollar amount. Your tax-deductible donation goes to support history projects in local Ohio communities. In its first two years, the History Fund has created grants that help support local history and preservation-related projects all across Ohio. "Last year, Ohio taxpayers helped repair leaking roofs across the state, conserve rare Wright Brothers photos in Dayton and preserve Slavic heritage in Cleveland," says Andy Verhoff, History Fund grants manager.  To learn more about the program, click here.


camera Shaker Heights Photo Contest

The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission invites submissions based on what photographers love about Shaker Heights in the third annual Preservation Month Photo Contest. The City looks for striking images that preserve the best of Shaker Heights. The Commission wants to see images of what makes the city special and beautiful to the community. One or more winners will be selected in the categories of Architecture/building; Landscape/nature; and Community (event, street/sidewalk scene, etc.). Submissions will be accepted online February 1 through March 31, and winners will be announced May 1, at the start of National Preservation Month. Winners will be recognized across the spectrum of City media, such as press releases, website, Facebook, etc. The contest is free and open to all. View past winners and the complete Call for Entries here. Contact Ann Klavora for more information.


NPS logo
Student Summer Employment Opportunity

The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey), a division of the National Park Service, is seeking applications from qualified students for summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, engineering and landscape significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field work and the preparation of measured and interpretive drawings and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Projects last twelve weeks, beginning in May/June. Salaries range from approximately $8,000 to approximately $20,000 for the summer, depending on job responsibility, locality of the project, and level of experience. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen. Applications are due March, 9. Click here for more information.


Diversity Scholarship Program

Diversity Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The National Trust is currently accepting applications for its Diversity Scholarship Program. Program participants will receive complimentary registration and lodging to attend the 2015 National Preservation Conference, to be held in Washington, DC in November. The Trust seeks emerging preservation professionals and community leaders new to the preservation field whose attendance at the conference, PastForward 2015, will strengthen their commitment to historic preservation and benefit their communities. The deadline to apply for a Diversity Program Scholarship is May 5, 2015. Click here for more information.


Where's Benedict?

Benedict is very busy visiting the "hoot"est spots around the city. He is a night owl, after all. If you are the tenth reader to respond and correctly tell us "Where's Benedict?" in this photo, you'll win a complimentary twelve-month membership to the Cleveland Restoration Society! Do you know where our feathery friend has landed this month?  Send in your guess right now!





Mahon Green

Community Design Charrette this Saturday

LAND studio is gathering ideas for improvements that could be made to Jim Mahon Green, a city-owned public park that runs along the north side of Detroit Avenue in the area between West 29th and West 45th streets. As part of this project, a community design charrette will be held on Saturday, March 7 at St. John's Church, 2600 Church Avenue in Cleveland. At the charrette, anyone interested will be able to contribute ideas, express opinions, and participate in informal, low-pressure discussions about the park's future. No design skills are necessary to participate, and the charrette will have an open-house format, so participants can stop in at any time for a few minutes or stay for the entire time. The charrette will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Vince Reddy at 216-621-5413, ext. 107, or


Oberlin Heritage Center Seeks Volunteers for History Walks

The Oberlin Heritage Center will offer a training workshop on Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. for volunteer docents interested in learning how to guide the Freedom's Friends (Underground Railroad) History Walk. Volunteers will learn about Oberlin's role in the history of abolition and the Underground Railroad and how to present the walking tour in a 75-minute stroll through historic neighborhoods surrounding downtown Oberlin. Registration is requested by March 9. The workshop is free and open to the public. Volunteers need no previous training in leading tours; all that is required is a commitment to assist with at least four history walks within the coming year. For more information, or to reserve your place at the workshop, visit, call 440-774-1700 or e-mail


Presentation on the Ecclesiastical Architecture of  

William P. Ginther

As part of the preparations for the 100th anniversary of the dedication of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Lorain, Anthony Valleriano will offer a presentation on the ecclesiastical architecture of Akron architect William P. Ginther at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in the church, which is located at the corner of 15th Street and Lexington Avenue, Lorain. Parking is available in the lot off 14th Street. Copies of Mr. Valleriano's book, Dedication, showcasing the work of William Ginther, will be available for purchase. The presentation is free and open to the public. Call 440-988-3984 for more information.



Upcoming Events    


March 6

Heritage Home Program Contractor Open House

Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

3:00 - 5:00pm, register by email to, FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society


March 7

Community Design Charrette for Jim Mahon Green

St. John's Church, 2600 Church Ave., Cleveland

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., FREE

LAND studio


March 11

Webinar: "America In Bloom"

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

Heritage Ohio


March 12

NEO USGBC Annual Meeting and Reception

Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veal University Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland

5:30 - 8:30 p.m., registration requested, FREE

Northeast Ohio Chapter of the US Green Building Council


March 13

Community Luncheon

Featuring Joe Marinucci, President & CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Mint Ballroom at The 9, 2017 E. Ninth St., Cleveland 

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



March 14

Oberlin Heritage Center Docent Training Workshop

Monroe House, 73 South Professor St., Oberlin

1:00 -4:00 p.m., registration requested by March 9, FREE

Oberlin Heritage Center


March 14 - 15

Wood Windows Workshop

Homes on the Hill Property in Westgate, 176 Binns Blvd., Columbus

9:00 - 5:00 p.m. both days, registration required, $$

Young Ohio Preservationists


March 15

"Early Visions of Ohio, 1765-1865"

Presentation by Christopher Busta-Peck, Exhibit Curator & Cleveland Historian

Dunham Tavern Museum Barn, 6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

2:00 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or by March 12, FREE

Western Reserve Architectural Historians

Dunham Tavern Museum


March 22

"Ecclesiastical Architecture of William P. Ginther"

Presentation by Anthony Valleriano

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 418 West 15th St., Lorain

3:00 p.m., 440-988-3984 for more information, FREE


March 26

MUPPD 25th Anniversary Celebration: Neighborhood Development in Cleveland

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, 1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

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

Cleveland State University


April 1

Annual Meeting & 14th Annual Community Awards

Oberlin Inn, 7 N. Main St., Oberlin

5:00 - 8:30 p.m., registration required by March 26, $

Oberlin Heritage Center


Save the Date    


April 19

Tour of the Tudor Arms Hotel (now Doubletree by Hilton)

10660 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland

1:30 - 3:30 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or by April 16, FREE

Western Reserve Architectural Historians


April 19

Tour of Cleveland Civil War Connections

Trolley boards from the parking lot behind West Side Market

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

Woodland Cemetery Foundation



Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000