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  Kerri Broome, editor
June 2015  

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In This Issue

Beer & Brats @ the Benedict

Kick off your summer fun in the Benedict House biergarten! Join us on Friday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. for CRS's relaxing end-of-the-work-week annual chillfest, Beer & Brats @ the Benedict! There will be plenty of great food, friends, and fun! Your hosts, CRS chair Mike Cummins and trustees Hannah Belsito, Joe Marinucci, and Gordon Priemer have planned Beer & Brats at the Benedict so that all of the proceeds benefit the Cleveland Restoration Society. They believe in the power of historic preservation to revitalize our communities and enhance our quality of life, and we owe them a great big thank you! Come have some great food and drinks with us in the Benedict Bier Garden to show your support, too! Tickets are $50 per person (discount rate for young professionals). Click here for more information.


This Place Matters

Announcing the  

2015 Preservation Award Winners

Last Thursday, the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland recognized fifteen projects at the annual Celebration of Preservation award program. These awards are bestowed upon organizations, companies, and individuals whose contributions demonstrate excellence and outstanding commitment to our communities. Our 2015 winners:

  • Monteith Hall, Elyria (Elyria Woman's Club, Lorain County Historical Society)
  • Cotton, Lakewood (David Stein)
  • Cinecraft, Cleveland (Cinecraft Productions, Inc.)
  • Ravenna Flagpole, Ravenna (Ravenna Township)
  • Progress Through Preservation's Preservation House, Akron (City of Akron, Progress Through Preservation)
  • Dorsch-Bowers Residence, Cleveland (David Dorsch & Clifford Bowers)
  • Karpick-Jamison Residence, Cleveland (Jonathan Karpick & Jamye Jamison)
  • Famicos Foundation Historic Homes, Cleveland (Famicos Foundation)
  • Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream Ohio City Kitchen & Shop, Cleveland (Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream)
  • Peters Residence, Shaker Heights (Michael & Christine Peters)
  • League Park, Cleveland (City of Cleveland)
  • Church of the Saviour UMC, Cleveland Heights (Church of the Saviour UMC)
  • Monroe Street Cemetery, Cleveland (City of Cleveland, Monroe Street Cemetery Foundation)
  • Fairmont Creamery, Cleveland (Fairmont Creamery LLC)
  • The 9, Cleveland (Geis Companies)

Winners were selected by a jury of CRS representatives and members of AIA's Historic Resources Committee. The Celebration of Preservation event is a joyful, colorful gathering that shows what a difference preservation is making in the communities of Northeast Ohio. Pictures from the event will be up on CRS's Facebook page soon.


Thank you to the sponsors of the Celebration of Preservation:

Playhouse Square Foundation

The Sherwin-Williams Company

The K Company, Inc.

K + D Group

The Ritenour Group

First Federal Lakewood


Federal Tax Credit Volume Increases to  

Pre-Recession Level

Annual report statistics recently released by the National Park Service show that, after a five-year recovery, the recession is finally over for the federal historic tax credit (HTC). The report shows that private investment volume under the HTC in 2014 almost reached the level of 2009 ($4.32 billion compared to $4.57 billion in 2009). This return to a higher volume was unexpected for several reasons. As recently as 2013, the HTC was still about $1 billion lower than its previous high. Also, there have been several disrupting factors in the marketplace that have caused uncertainty: the Historic Boardwalk Hall decision, Revenue Procedure 2014-12, and increased IRS audit activity. Nevertheless, HTC advocates are pleased with the new findings, as they bolster their case for the keeping the incentive. Click here to read the full article about these annual report statistics, written by John Leith-Tetrault of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation.


Preservation Ohio Names 2015 List of  

Ohio's Most Endangered Historic Sites

Last month, Preservation Ohio, the state's oldest statewide non-profit preservation organization, released its list of Ohio's Most Endangered Historic Sites. This year's list identifies 13 historically significant properties that are in jeopardy due to demolition, disinvestment or indifference. Preservation Ohio has presented the annual list for the past 22 years. Preservation Ohio accepts nominations from any citizen or organization. The organization's board of trustees selects the final list. Over the years, the list has proven successful in saving some of Ohio's architectural, cultural and natural heritage. To see the 2015 list, click here.


Heritage Ohio logo Heritage Ohio Award Nominations Due

Heritage Ohio has opened its annual award nominations in thirteen different categories. Nominate a person, group, or project to be honored at Heritage Ohio's conference in October. Nomination forms are due by Monday, June 15. You can learn more here.



Americorps logo Apply to the Ohio History Service Corps for 2015 - 2016

Love History? Want to spend a year giving back to your community? Join the Ohio History Service Corps! Ohio History Service Corps members work with local history organizations across the state to provide historic site survey, collections digitization and capacity building for local historical organizations. Make a difference while you gain valuable experience and professional development. You'll earn a living allowance and an Education Award to use for student loans or tuition payments. The Cleveland Restoration Society is pleased to be a host site for AmeriCorps in 2015 -2016 for our image digitization project. To learn more and apply, click here.


Far West Design Review Committee Opportunity

The Cleveland Planning Commission is accepting nominations for members of the Far West Design Review Committee. The area served by the committee includes Kamm's Corners, Westown, Bellaire-Puritas, Cudell, Edgewater, and West Boulevard. Nominees should be architects or other recognized design professionals, or representatives of businesses or other organizations with operations on the far west side, or residents of the far west side. The committee meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 8:00 a.m., when eligible projects require review. Contact Tom Jordan for more information.


June Wheres Benedict

Where's Benedict?

Ah, June! The start of Benedict's favorite time of year: longer nights, no more school, Indians games, and warm weather treats. He might be an owl, but he has some guilty pleasures too. Where can you find Benedict 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!



Bike Shaker tour Bike Shaker Tours Announced

You are invited to join the Shaker Historical Society this summer for Bike Shaker Tours. These are tours led by architect Greydon Petznick and Rick Smith (pictured here), one of the founders of Bike Shaker, who are also SHS board members. The tour schedule for 2015 is:


June 13 - East View Village

July 12 - Open House Tour

August 9 - Shaker at Play

September 20 - Bikers' Choice

October 11 - Why all the Red Brick in Shaker?


All tours begin at 2:00 p.m. Tours are $20 if you rent a Bike Shaker bike or $15 if you use your own bike. SHS members get a $5 discount. An RSVP is required to Ruth at 216-921-1201. Click here for more information.


Summer ARTtours from ARTneo

ARTneo has announced a new series of tours highlighting the art and architecture of Cleveland. Entitled "A Celebration of the Art and Architecture of Cleveland," the three tours will go behind the scenes at two of the most significant historic restoration projects in Downtown Cleveland and also into the private studios of two of Cleveland's most widely recognized artists. Tour dates are June 14, July 19, and August 23. Tickets are limited for these special tours and they are certain to sell out. Tours are available individually or as a full series. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.


Gracious Gardens frog

11th Annual Gracious Gardens in Shaker Heights

Shaker Historical Society invites you to join in the festivities June 20 - 21 when they offer the 11th Annual Gracious Gardens weekend. Saturday, June 20, from 6-10 p.m. will be the Twilight in the Garden Party, a fundraiser held at a private historic home. On Sunday, June 21, the Gracious Gardens Tour will take place from noon - 5:00 p.m. This is a self-guided tour of eight beautiful gardens in Shaker Heights. Also on Sunday is the Gracious Gardens Fair, a free fair on the grounds of the Shaker Historical Society, 16740 South Park Boulevard, and a Lemonade Stand Contest from noon - 3:00 p.m. Contact for more information. Click here to buy tickets to the events.


WRAH logo

Western Reserve  

Architectural Historians  

Anniversary Program

The Western Reserve Architectural Historians, in conjunction with the Shaker Historical Society, will celebrate the golden anniversary of the WRAH on Sunday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. The event will take place at Shaker Heights Country Club. Matthew Moriarty, club historian, will commemorate the centennial of the 1915 Meade-designed clubhouse with a lecture about the architecture of the exquisite, sixteenth century English-style structure. Mr. Moriarty will also comment on the history of the country club and golf course. A tour of the building will follow the talk and the afternoon will conclude with hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages (cash bar available). Valet parking will be provided. For reservations and more information, click here.


Shaker Dig Camp

Archaeological Dig  

Summer Camp

The Shaker Historical Society, in partnership with Hathaway Brown, Tri-C & WVIZ, announces the Shaker Archaeological Dig Summer Camp. This camp will take place July 20 - 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., for kids in grades 5 - 9. Campers will work side by side with an archaeologist on the Shaker Dig! Join Archaeologist Beth Hoag of Cuyahoga Community College, Hathaway Brown Master Teacher, Rosemary Nemeth, and museum director Dr. Ware Petznick to learn about the wonders of digging into the past. Students will be immersed in the history of the Shakers in this amazing week! There will be field trips to Cuyahoga Community College's Archaeology Lab, the Shaker Historical Society, the Shaker Lakes, parks, and much more, as the foundations of a mill are explored. The cost per attendee is $400 and registration is online at For more information call 216-921-1201 or 216-320-8796, ext. 7173.



Upcoming Events    


June 9 - 10

Greater Ohio 2015 Summit: "Restoring Neighborhoods, Strengthening Economics"

Westin Columbus, 310 S. High St., Columbus 

Registration required, $$$

Greater Ohio Policy Center


June 10

Cleveland Revitalization Training Workshop: "Attracting Residents"

McDonald Hopkins, 600 Superior Ave. E., Suite 2100, Cleveland

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

Heritage Ohio

June 10

"History of Quarrying in Lorain County"

Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Dr., Oberlin

7:15 p.m., FREE

Oberlin Heritage Center 

June 11

12th Annual Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon Forum

Featuring Mike Lydon of The Street Plans Collaborative

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., registration required by calling 216-344-3937, $$

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation

Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation 

PlayhouseSquare District Development Corporation


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 14

Seminar: "Markers of the Sacred"

Featuring Douglas R. Hoffman, AIA

Old Stone Church, 91 Public Square, Cleveland

Noon - 12:45 p.m., RSVP requested, FREE


June 14

Artist Studio Tours: Douglas Max Utter and Libby Chaney

Part of the Celebration of the Art and Architecture of Cleveland Series

2:00 - 5:00 pm, registration required, $$



June 16

"Recently Historic: Houses of the 1950s - 1960s"

Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., registration required, FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society


June 18

Annual Meeting of Home Repair Resource Center

Featuring Judge Raymond L. Pianka

College Club of Cleveland, 2348 Overlook Rd., Cleveland Heights

7:00 p.m., no reservations necessary, FREE

Home Repair Resource Center 

June 20

Larchmere PorchFest

1:00 - 10:00 p.m.

View schedule here


June 20 - 21

Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights

Shaker Historical Society   


June 25

135th Annual Meeting

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

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

Cleveland Engineering Society

June 28

Celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Western Reserve Architectural Historians

Shaker Heights Country Club, 3300 Courtland Blvd., Shaker Heights

2:00 p.m., reservations required, $$

Western Reserve Architectural Historians

Shaker Historical Society

June 30

"Yard Drainage Options"

Part of the HouseMender University Series

HRRC Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Rd., Cleveland Heights

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., registration required, FREE

Home Repair Resource Center


Save the Date    


July 14

Annual Membership Meeting

Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

9:00 - 10:30 a.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society  


July 19

Tour of Cleveland Civil War Connections

Woodland Cemetery Foundation 


July 19

"Why Preservation?"
Featuring Mary Ogle
Old West End Neighborhood, Toledo
3:00 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society


July 19

The Cleveland Collection: Art of the Westin

Part of the Celebration of the Art and Architecture of Cleveland Series

Westin Hotel, Downtown Cleveland

3:00 - 5:00 pm, registration required, $$



August 23

Heinen's Downtown Cleveland & The 9 Cleveland, Special Reception at the home of Ken & Linda Lanci

Part of the Celebration of the Art and Architecture of Cleveland Series

1:00 - 6:00 pm, registration required, $$





Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000