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  Kerri Broome, editor
August 2015  

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In This Issue

AIA logo AIA Cleveland Celebrating 125th Anniversary with a Legacy Project

AIA Cleveland will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in November. In preparation for this joyful event, the organization is seeking to honor and show connections between Cleveland architects and their world-class designs by creating a legacy project called the Cleveland Architects Project. This project will illustrate the relationships among architects, their mentors, and their protégés throughout the Cleveland area from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries in an interactive online family tree-style format. AIA Cleveland is requesting that architects who wish to contribute information to the project complete an online registration form before August 14. Click here to register to be included in the Cleveland Architects Project.


HHP before and after

Heritage Home Program Update

The Heritage Home Program(SM) construction season is in full swing for 2015! Homeowners are continuing last year's increased momentum and choosing to complete home improvements and updates. Already, over half of this season's Heritage rehab loans are based on the "after-rehab" value of the house providing for a $1.3M investment in residential housing! The increase in after-rehab loan volume means more staff time in the field for project oversight and homeowner assistance, and more payment processing to contractors. To help cover this time, the Heritage Home Program(SM) escrow fee has been increased from $200 to $350 per loan. This increase took effect August 1 for new applications that have not been pre-approved by the lending institution. To learn more about the Heritage Home Program(SM), call the Heritage staff at 216-426-3116 or visit



Round 15 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Deadlines

Starting with Round 15, the OHPTC program is moving to a two tiered deadline system: SHPO Part 1 and Part 2 applications that certify the historic significance of the building(s) and outline the scope of work intended are due in the State Historic Preservation Office by August 31. The OHPTC application that includes the financial information, ownership information, and other data used for the competitive scoring process is due in the Ohio Development Service Agency office by September 30. The last day to request a pre-application meeting with a SHPO reviewer is August 17. Click here for more information.


Branas Study Shows Remediating Abandoned, Inner City Buildings Reduces Crime and Violence

A recent study following a new city ordinance in Philadelphia demonstrates the positive influence of properly maintained buildings in urban areas. Since 2011, Philadelphia has been enforcing an ordinance that requires owners of abandoned buildings to improve their facades and install working doors and windows. Collaboration between scholars of UPenn, Yale, and Rutgers discovered a reduction in crime across the city in areas within half a mile of owners complying with the ordinance. This study supports the broken windows theory, which proposes that abandonment changes the mood of the neighborhood to one that finds crime acceptable and less likely to be challenged or seen. The importance of this study is in demonstrating a cost-effective way for urban areas to deal with the two issues of dilapidation and crime with one solution. To read more click here. (Photo courtesy of PLOS ONE, Branas et al.)  


Masonic Auditorium Historic Building for Sale

Cleveland's Masonic Temple, at 3615 Euclid Avenue, is being offered for purchase by PLB & Associates LLC. The building is perfect for a redevelopment project. It has five levels, including a 2,200 seat auditorium, and several large conference and banquet rooms with high ceilings and elevator access on all floors. Designed by architects Hubbell and Benes and built 1919 - 1921, the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For more information contact Pamela L. Bertovich of PLB & Associates LLC by email or calling 216-378-1599. (Photo by Christopher Busta-Peck.) 



Juvenile Justice Center Cleveland Landmark Back on Market

The old Cuyahoga County juvenile justice center, located at East 22nd Street between Cedar and Central Avenues, returned to the market this month after a deal to turn it into a school broke down. Since 2012, the complex has been in the hands of the Campus District, Inc., a neighborhood nonprofit that had planned to transform the center into Cleveland's first public boarding school. However, negotiations between the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the SEED Foundation, a nonprofit group that operates schools in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, ended. Built in 1931, the courthouse complex is available once again. Campus District, Inc. will give interested parties access to the site soon. Read more here. (Photo by John Kuntz, Plain Dealer file.)



Oberlin Heritage Center logo Oberlin Heritage Center Announces  

New Executive Director

The Oberlin Heritage Center is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Schultz has been selected as the organization's next executive director. Schultz was formerly OHC's Museum Education and Tour Coordinator. In that position, she expanded the tour offerings to include themed history walks, self-guided tablet tours, and interactive team-building activities. She developed outreach programs for area schools, created history kits for teachers to borrow to enhance classroom learning, increased OHC's kids' camp programs to new levels of distinction, and spearheaded the Heritage Center's advancements in the digital world by serving as website manager and social media coordinator. The community is invited to a casual farewell gathering for former director Patricia Murphy and a welcome to Schultz on Saturday, August 8 from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Oberlin Heritage Center grounds.



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Call for Abstracts for Michigan's State Conference

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) has announced that its 36th annual Statewide Preservation Conference will take place May 12 - 14, 2016 at Wayne State University in Detroit. MHPN is welcoming abstracts not just from Michigan, but also neighboring states and Canada, from individuals and panels. The theme of the conference will be "Resolve, Revolve, Evolve," emphasizing projects and programs that have successfully resolved conflicts or problems in a community using historic resources, creative solutions or unique approaches to the reuse of historic resources that resulted in revitalization of the community, and efforts that engaged a new audience in preservation activities. The 2016 conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and the 35th anniversary of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. Abstracts are due by midnight on September 13. For more information, click here



Felicia Hall Thank You and Best Wishes  

It is with our great thanks, appreciation, and admiration for a job well done, that the Cleveland Restoration Society says goodbye to Felicia Hall. Felicia has been a mainstay of the Cleveland Restoration Society for thirteen years. She came to CRS after employment in the architecture field and with a private airline company. Through her excellent skills, steadfast dedication, hard work, and engaging personality, she advanced through the organization to become Director of Administration. She has been critical to CRS's growth and development during this important period. Felicia has been part of so much at CRS over the years that it is impossible to describe it all. She was part of the growth of the Heritage Home Program, the expansion of our computer capacities and website, the completion of the Sarah Benedict House project and its rental growth, the completion of our employee policies and our internal communication practices, and of course, the development and implementation of our many events. During her employment at CRS, Felicia also completed her college degree and a Masters Degree in Management, all while caring for a busy family. Felicia has always said that CRS is "in her blood", so we expect to see her at CRS events in the future. Please join us in thanking Felicia and wishing her well!



News from the Sarah Benedict House

CRS Welcomes New Staff Members!


Jobadiah Christiansen has joined CRS as a Membership & Technology Assistant. Jobadiah earned his B.A. in 2013 at Calvin College in History, with minors in Archaeology and Music. He went on to complete his M.A. in 2015 in History at Kent State University, where he studied the local history and memory of his hometown of Greenville, Pennsylvania. His thesis focused on the development and change in identity of the Greenville community in relationship to the community's memory from the pioneer settlers through the present day. In addition to local history, Jobadiah has a passion for preservation and archaeology which was cultivated during several seasons of fieldwork at the Roman-Byzantine site of Umm el-Jimal in Jordan.


Dean Pavlik is our new Preservation and Construction Specialist. He brings forty years of hands-on construction experience to our Heritage Home Program. For the last fifteen years, Dean has worked mainly on historic residential rehab projects in the Shaker Heights area. He has worked on projects throughout all phases of remodeling and uses his practical experience to consult with homeowners who are participating in the program to answer questions on everything from basic home maintenance to more detailed improvement project planning.



August Benedict

Where's Benedict?

Sometimes it seems like once August 1 hits, summer is winding down. But for Benedict, the party is only getting started! Do you know where our feathery friend has landed now? 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!



Upcoming Events    


August 8 - 9

Civil War Reenactment

Hale Farm & Village, Bath

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., $

Western Reserve Historical Society 


August 9

Cleveland Civil War Connections Trolley Tour

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Board the trolley behind the West Side Market at 12:30, registration required, $$

Woodland Cemetery Foundation 


August 9

Bike Shaker Tour: Shaker at Play

Meet at 16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

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

Shaker Historical Society 


August 12

"A Greater Understanding of Historic Buildings"

Ohio Department of Commerce Building, Reynoldsburg

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., registration required 

Central Ohio Code Officials Association

Heritage Ohio


August 13

Thirsty Thursdays at the Shaker Historical Museum

Backyard of the Myers Mansion, 16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights

6:00 - 9:00 p.m., RSVP to 216-921-1201 or , FREE

Shaker Historical Society


August 15

CLE City Life Tour

10:00 a.m., registration required, $

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress



August 16

CLE City Life Tour

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

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress



August 19

Brown Bag Lunch - The State Budget

Part of the 2015 Fair Lending and Vital Communities Conference Series: Core Cuyahoga - What's Next?

Levin College of Urban Affairs, 1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Bonda Board Room 254

Noon - 1:30 p.m., FREE 

Cleveland State University


August 22

SNOOP! of Church of the Saviour

2537 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., registration required, FREE for members

Cleveland Restoration Society


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 , $$



August 27

"Dine Like a President" Benefit

Mentor Harbor Yachting Club, 5330 Coronada Dr., Mentor

6:30 - 10:00 p.m., RSVP by calling 440-257-7214, $$$

Friends of James A. Garfield National Historic Site


September 1 

Third Annual Senior Expo: "Prepare, Preserve, Protect"  

Cleveland Heights Community Center, Monticello and Mayfield

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., FREE

Home Repair Resource Center 



Save the Date    


September 12

SNOOP! of League Park

Lexington Ave. & E 66th St., Cleveland,

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., registration required, FREE for members

Cleveland Restoration Society


September 12

Clam Bake Fundraiser

14900 Private Dr., East Cleveland

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

Home Repair Resource Center 


October 5 - 7

Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference

Westin Columbus

Heritage Ohio  


October 10

SNOOP! of Fairmount Creamery and Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream Ohio City Kitchen & Shop


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

Cleveland Restoration Society


November 3 - 6

2015 National Preservation Conference: Past Forward

Washington, DC, registration required, $$$

National Trust for Historic Preservation




Cleveland Restoration Society
3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH  44115

(216) 426-1000