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  Kerri Broome, editor
April 2015  

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Olive Deany Tabor

In Memoriam: Olive Deany Tabor 

The Cleveland Restoration Society regrets to share the news of the death of one of its founders, Olive Deany Tabor. Olive joined together with Maxine Levin and Dr. Tom Campbell in 1972 to discuss the imminent demolition of the Mechanics Block in downtown Cleveland. It was from this gathering that the idea to "do something" began, and the foundation for the Cleveland Restoration Society was laid. The organization was officially launched when its Articles of Incorporation were filed with the state in November 1972. Olive was one of the first vice presidents. She took her turn as president of CRS as well, serving from 1978 - 1980. During her term as president she wanted to grow CRS's membership by having the organization become more involved in Cleveland's neighborhoods. This included offering grassroots "restoration workshops" for owners of older homes. To this day, CRS's focus on direct assistance to homeowners remains at the heart of its mission. A professional woman who took her volunteer work very seriously, Olive was recognized in the Notable Blacks of Cleveland collection, available through the Cleveland Memory Project. Over four decades after she helped to found our organization, the Cleveland Restoration Society remains indebted to the vision of Olive Deany Tabor. Photo courtesy of Cleveland State University, Michael Schwartz Library, Special Collections. Learn more here.  


Franklin Boulevard

SNOOP! through the Heritage Homes of Franklin Boulevard

Join the Cleveland Restoration Society to see historic preservation in action along Cleveland's historic Franklin Boulevard on Saturday, April 25. Come learn about the work we've done through our Heritage Home Program over the last twenty-three years. This program started in this neighborhood in 1992. At that time it was very difficult to obtain financing for these larger homes, built at the turn of the twentieth century. In the past two decades, CRS has financed 49 projects worth $1.8 million and has provided free technical assistance worth an additional $2.4 million to Franklin Boulevard property owners. The SNOOP! will start at 1:30 p.m. with a presentation at the Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit Avenue, in the atrium. Then you are free to walk, drive, or bike to several homes along nearby Franklin Boulevard that will be open for touring. This event is for free but for CRS members only. Make your reservation now. Not a yet a member? Join now and then you, too, can SNOOP!  


Make a day of it! Come out early or stay afterward to see what the neighborhood has to offer from retail shopping and art galleries to restaurants and entertainment - the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood has something for everyone! Thanks to our partner, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Corporation, for hosting this event.



Support the Federal Historic Tax Credit

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Action, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and Historic Tax Credit Coalition are again sponsoring a national sign-on letter to demonstrate support for the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) and influence discussions now underway in the Senate to revise the US Tax Code. In less than 72 hours, these four historic preservation groups have already received over 160 signatures from interested supporters across the nation. Cleveland Restoration Society has added its name. To add your organization or business name to the sign-on letter, please contact Carl Wolf of the National Trust at [email protected] by Monday, April 13.



Harvard Study Compares Demolition to Rehabilitation

Last month, Cleveland Restoration Society's COO, Tom Jorgensen, posted an entry to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Leadership Forum Blog. The focus of his post was a study completed by a team of researchers from several nonprofits and universities in the Cleveland area at the request of Harvard University. The purpose of this examination was primarily to answer this question: "Can a model for vacant house renovation be developed that provides safe decent housing, is beneficial for the surrounding neighborhood, but does not require subsidy, or, at minimum, does not require any more subsidy than the $10,000 required to demolish a house in Cleveland?" To read Tom's full blog entry, click here.



Free Dumpsters Available to Improve Cleveland Neighborhoods

Budget Dumpster, a national dumpster rental company based in Westlake, recently launched a new Dumpster Donation Program in an effort to help make Cleveland a better place live. This program allows local nonprofits and community leaders to request a dumpster donation to support community development and revitalization projects around the city. Budget Dumpster provides dumpster donations for the following types of projects:

  • Historical building renovations
  • Community park cleanups and improvements
  • Environmental cleanups (that do not involve hazardous materials)
  • Urban development projects
  • Community events such as parades, races, ethnic festivals and local food events
  • Religious events
  • Home builds and renovations for veterans and others in need
  • Animal shelter revitalization projects

Recipients of the donated dumpsters simply have to fill it up and adhere to proper use guidelines. Due to limited availability of dumpsters, particularly during peak times, anyone interested in requesting a dumpster donation is encouraged to complete the form along with specific dates and a detailed description of their project. To request a dumpster through a simple form here.




Charter School Buys Vacant Historic West Side Complex

A long-vacant factory and warehouse complex on Cleveland's west side may soon find a new use. The Joseph & Feiss complex on West 53rd Street was recently purchased by Menlo Park Academy, a school that serves gifted students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The new location and rehab of the building would allow the academy to expand its services. There have been previous unsuccessful attempts to renovate the brick complex, built in 1920 and visible from I-90. Photo courtesy



Annie Oakley 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.


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.



Pat Murphy

Murphy to Retire as Head of  

Oberlin Heritage Center

The Oberlin Heritage Center has announced the upcoming resignation of its executive director, Patricia Murphy. Murphy plans to step down at the end of August, after twenty-two years in the position. As the Oberlin Heritage Center's first professional director, Murphy led the way for a dramatic expansion of the 110-year old history organization, which now has some 700 members, a strong professional staff, a solid intern and volunteer team, an extensive program of tours, lectures, and educational opportunities, a collection of artifacts relating to Oberlin history, and a campus of historic buildings in the center of Oberlin. Under her leadership, the Oberlin Heritage Center achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, a status few small museums attain. She also provided leadership in institutional planning and heritage tourism. A national search for Murphy's successor will begin in April.



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Where's Benedict?

Benedict the Owl is once again on the move. There's no spring break for this smarty pants! Do you know where he is this month? 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!  Send in your guess right now!







home insulation installation Cleveland Heights Home Remodeling Fair on April 11

Home Repair Resource Center, the Cleveland Heights nonprofit, will offer its annual Home Remodeling Fair on Saturday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle. This free event will provide information on many home repair and remodeling tasks, especially "big ticket" projects where it is particularly important to make wise decisions. Residents of all communities are welcome. The fair will feature "Ask an Expert" advice tables, where professionals from many repair specialties will answer questions and give advice. In addition, representatives from local banks, community organizations, and the City of Cleveland Heights will be available to discuss how their services can help homeowners complete renovation projects. The Fair will also include several free workshops: "Electrical Systems in Older Homes: Risks, Myths, and When to Update," "Residential Storm Water Management: Landscaping Your Way to a Drier Basement," and "Bringing Your Home into the 21st Century: Pros & Cons of Smart Home Technology." Click here for more information about the Home Remodeling Fair.



Hopewell Culture National HP Learn More About Ohio's World Heritage Opportunity

Created more than a millennium ago by indigenous people, the magnificent earthworks of the Hopewell Culture are a wonder of the world. Through the nomination process of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, these treasures are poised to join such cultural icons as the Statue of Liberty, the Acropolis, and Pyramids of Egypt, and the Taj Mahal on the World Heritage List. World Heritage Ohio and the Friends of the Ancient Ohio Earthworks invite you to learn more about this on Tuesday, April 14 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The event, "Ohio's World Heritage Opportunity: A Community Leadership Briefing", will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. It is free but an RSVP before April 7 is requested. RSVP to [email protected]. Donations to the nomination project are welcome. The host committee for the event includes Kathleen H. Crowther, Dr. William J. Hlavin, Suhas Kakde, Gary Meisner, Richard T. Prasse, Franny P. Taft, and Hope and Bob Taft. Photo courtesy of National Park Service. 


Building Doctor logo Building Doctor Coming to Hudson 

Hudson Heritage Association, the City of Hudson and the Ohio History Connection's State Historic Preservation Office will sponsor a Building Doctor Clinic for old-building owners on April 30 and May 1. The clinic begins with a free seminar on Thursday evening, April 30, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St., Hudson. Open to all old-building owners in the area, the seminar will feature guidelines for renovation projects and ways to solve some of the most common problems of buildings dating from 1800 to 1955. On Friday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the Building Doctors will visit pre-1955 buildings within five miles of Hudson, advising owners on specific technical or design problems by appointment. The 'doctors' examine all kinds of older buildings. Some of the things that typically call for an on-site examination include persistent peeling paint or flaking plaster, a wet basement, deteriorating masonry and plans for remodeling, additions or demolitions. The seminar and on-site consultations are free with advance registration by April 23, 2015. To register, click here or call 800-499-2470.  



Summit on Innovation & Sustainable Growth in  

Ohio's Cities and Regions

The Greater Ohio Policy Center invites you to attend "Restoring Neighborhoods, Strengthening Economies: A Summit on Innovation & Sustainable Growth in Ohio's Cities & Regions". This conference will be held at the Westin Columbus June 9 - 10, 2015. It will bring together national experts, state policymakers and local leaders from all sectors to discuss new strategies for transforming Ohio's cities and regions and making Ohio economically competitive in the twenty-first century. As part of the Summit, Greater Ohio Policy Center is currently accepting award nominations for the first Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Awards. The Awards recognize public, private, and non-profit sector leaders who are working to create vibrant and sustainable communities and regions in Ohio. The deadline for award nominations is April 17. Click here for more information about the Summit.




Upcoming Events    


April 8

Webinar: "Top Ten Tourism Tips"

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

Heritage Ohio

April 10

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

3105 Woodbridge Ave., Cleveland

Noon, FREE

Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre Community Development Organization


April 11

Annual Home Remodeling Fair

Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 216-381-6100, FREE

Home Repair Resource Center 

City of Cleveland Heights

April 12

Photography Workshop at the Variety Theatre

Variety Theatre, Lorain Ave. and W. 118th St., Cleveland

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., reservations required, $$$

Abandoned America

April 14

"Ohio's World Heritage Opportunity: A Community Leadership Briefing"

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Dr., Cleveland

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., RSVP required by April 7 to [email protected], FREE

World Heritage Ohio

Friends of the Ancient Ohio Earthworks


April 15

Webinar: "Using CDBG Funding for Rural Historic Preservation Projects"

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

Heritage Ohio


April 16

Heritage Home Program 101

East Cleveland Public Library, 14101 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland

5:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society 


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 [email protected] 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  


April 21

Heritage Home Program 101

Bratenahl Community Center, 10300 Brighton Rd., Bratenahl

6:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society 


April 21

"Forever Young: The History of Case Western Reserve University"

Featuring author Richard E. Baznik

Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Dr., Oberlin

7:15 p.m., FREE

Oberlin Heritage Center 


April 25

SNOOP! of Franklin Boulevard

Presentation and home tour

1:30 - 4:30 p.m., reservations required, FREE for CRS members

Cleveland Restoration Society 


April 28

First Annual Vibrant City Awards Lunch

Victory Center, 7012 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

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

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress


April 30 - May 1

Building Doctor Clinic: Hudson

Barlow Community Center at 41 S. Oviatt St., Hudson

Seminar, Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., reservations requested, FREE

Site Visits, Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., appointments necessary

Ohio History Connection's State Historic Preservation Office

Hudson Heritage Association

City of Hudson


Save the Date    


May 7

"The Several Lives of Severance Town Center, 1890-2015"

Lecture by Marian Morton

Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

7:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission

Cleveland Heights Historical Society

Heights Bicycle Coalition

Heights Libraries


May 16

Tour of Nela Park

East Cleveland

10:00 a.m., limited availability, reservations required, 216-291-4878, FREE

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission

Cleveland Heights Historical Society

Heights Bicycle Coalition

Heights Libraries


May 19

"Culture vs. Strategy: Board Development with Marc Smiley"

401 W. Town, Columbus

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

Heritage Ohio


May 21

"Landscaping by Style"

Lecture by Mary Ogle and Colin Compton of Cleveland Restoration Society"

Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

7:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission

Cleveland Heights Historical Society

Heights Bicycle Coalition

Heights Libraries


May 23

"Cycle through Our History: A Lecture and Bike Tour"

Highlighting Four Heights Historic Districts by Mark Souther and Mary Dunbar

Ensemble Theater at former Coventry School, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights

9:30 a.m. - noon, limited availability, reservations required, 216-291-4878, FREE

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission

Cleveland Heights Historical Society

Heights Bicycle Coalition

Heights Libraries


May 28

Celebration of Preservation

Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

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

Cleveland Restoration Society 

AIA Cleveland


May 30

"Cleveland Heights Rocks and Waters 2015: Dugway Brook West Branch Walking Tour"

By Roy Larick, Korbi Roberts and Jim Miller
Ensemble Theater at former Coventry School, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights

10:00 a.m. - noon, limited availability, reservations required, 216-291-4878, FREE

Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission

Cleveland Heights Historical Society

Heights Bicycle Coalition

Heights Libraries


June 1

Heritage Home Program 101

Highland Heights Community Center, 5827 Highland Rd., Highland Heights

7:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society 


June 9 - 10

"Summit on Innovation & Sustainable Growth in Ohio's Cities and Regions"

Westin Columbus, 310 S. High St., Columbus 

Registration required, $$$

Greater Ohio Policy Center


June 12

Beer & Brats @ the Benedict

Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

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

Cleveland Restoration Society


June 13

South Euclid "Rock the Block"

Mayfield Road (between Green and South Belvoir), South Euclid

Noon - 3:00 p.m.


June 20 - 21

Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights

Shaker Historical Society 




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Cleveland, OH  44115

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