The monthly newsletter of the Cleveland Restoration Society, NEO's voice for historic preservation. We believe in the future of our built heritage,
from our neighborhoods to our monumental landmarks.

November 2015 Preservation News & Events
Courtland Boulevard House
Historic Shaker Heights House for Sale
The Cleveland Restoration Society is offering the historic property at 2834 Courtland Boulevard in Shaker Heights for sale. This house is an original Van Sweringen model home. Serious potential buyers are invited to attend one of three upcoming open houses, to be held November 14, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; November 21, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; or November 28, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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Legacy City Follow-up Event and Action Agenda Launch
Since the June 2014 Legacy Cities conference held in Cleveland, convening partners have been busy figuring out how best to follow up. It's time! On December 8, the Preservation Rightsizing Network will hold an event in Newark, New Jersey entitled, Legacy City Preservation: A National Conversation on Innovation + Practice. Hear Pecha Kucha-style speakers share innovative preservation projects underway in legacy cities across the nation, get one of the first copies of an action agenda, and tour the in-progress rehabilitation of the Hahne & Co. Building, a 500,000 SF landmarked building. If you are not able to attend the event, you can still get a copy of the action agenda after it has been released on the Preservation Rightsizing Network's website.

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Heritage Program Now Available in Cleveland's Ward 2
The Cleveland Restoration Society is pleased to welcome Cleveland's Ward 2, supported by Councilman Zach Reed, to the Heritage Home Program(SM). Owners of homes more than fifty years old in this ward are now eligible for free assistance from CRS's expert technical staff, and may be qualified for a home rehabilitation loan at a 1.4% rate!

Call the program staff at 216-426-3111 or email

Burton House
Historic Cleveland West Side House For Sale
The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization is offering for sale the historic William Burton House, at 2678 W. 41st Street in Cleveland. The house, built in 1839, is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, houses in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. It is being offered for no cost and there are funds available for rehabilitation. An open house will be held on Thursday, November 19, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Contact Anthony Bango at 216-961-9073 ext.207 or or more information.

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New National Main Street Identity
This fall, the national Main Street Center has been undergoing some changes to refresh the way it structures its programs, and as a result, the center has recently been rebranded as Main Street America. There is a new logo and updated framework to the national Main Street initiative. The recently rolled out changes are just the beginning, so keep an eye out for more.

Click here for more information.

New Video Highlights Ohio Main Streets
Last month, at their annual awards ceremony, Heritage Ohio unveiled a new video promoting the great work taking place in Ohio's Main Street communities.

Click here to view the video.

Take a Hike
State Historic Preservation Office Award Winners Announced
The list of winners of the Public Education and Awareness and Preservation Merit awards were announced by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office at last month's statewide preservation conference in Columbus.

Click here for more information about the 2015 award recipients.

Grace Avenue House
Lakewood Celebrates Rehabbed Grace Avenue House
The rehabilitation of the second of two formerly vacant boarding houses in Lakewood is being celebrated. The City of Lakewood, The Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, and LakewoodAlive joined together to find owner-occupants and developers to renovate the two properties, 1446 Mars Avenue and 1436 Grace Avenue, in an effort to strengthen Lakewood's historic neighborhoods. LakewoodAlive first started looking for a buyer for the Grace Avenue house in December 2013 and the house was purchased in February 2014. The new owners used Cleveland Restoration Society's Heritage Home Program(SM) to obtain low-interest rate financing to transform the property back to a single-family home. While the City of Lakewood chose not to participate in the Heritage Program in 2015, CRS is hopeful that the City will bring the program back to its residents in 2016, allowing for success stories like the Grace Avenue house once again.

Church Reuse Plans Approved
The Cleveland Heights Planning Commission has approved the adaptive reuse of Grace Lutheran Church as an office after the church's congregation had been shrinking and was looking for a buyer. Some developers wanted to demolish the church and build a new structure on the land. Holden Troutman of Horizon Health Services, a home health care provider, presented plans to maintain the exterior of the building, with only minor changes to the interior. The congregation is excited that Troutman loves the architectural splendor of the building and has the resources to care for it into the future. 

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Where's Benedict?
Our contest is coming to a close, and it would seem that our owl has decided to land a little closer to home. 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! 

Thank You Issue 8


November 3 - 6
2015 National Preservation Conference: Past Forward
Washington, DC
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Live Streaming

November 7
5th Annual Movers and Shakers - An Evening to Celebrate Shaker Heights Visionaries
Canterbury Golf Club, 22000 South Woodland Rd., Shaker Heights
6:00 - 10:00 p.m., reservations required, $$$
Shaker Historical Society
November 8
Benefit: "Secrets of the Overlook"
2380 Overlook Rd., Cleveland Heights
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. reservations required by calling 216-232-7416 or email, $$$
Cleveland Heights Historical Society

November 12
Innovation Skill Session and Neighborhood Solutions Awards Ceremony
Saint Luke's Point, 11327 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland
3:30 - 7:30 p.m. registration required, FREE
Enterprise Community Partners
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

November 13
2015 Fair Lending and Vital Communities Conference: "The First 100 Days - A vision for Change in Cuyahoga County"
Cleveland State University, 1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. registration required, $$$
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

November 14
Open House: Van Sweringen Demonstration Home in Shaker Heights
2834 Courtland Blvd., Shaker Heights
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., more information here, FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society

November 15
Tour Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
1:30 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann by 11/9, FREE
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

November 18
Revitalization Series: "Funding Main Street"
Francis Family Restaurant, 1038 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., registration required, $$
Heritage Ohio

November 18
AIA Cleveland 125th Anniversary Celebration
Cleveland Institute of Art
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., registration required, $$$
American Institute of Architects, Cleveland Chapter

November 19
Open House: William Burton House
2678 W. 41st St., Cleveland
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization

November 21
Open House: Van Sweringen Demonstration Home in Shaker Heights
2834 Courtland Blvd., Shaker Heights
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., more information here, FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society
November 28
Open House: Van Sweringen Demonstration Home in Shaker Heights
2834 Courtland Blvd., Shaker Heights
1:00 - 3:00 p.m., more information here, FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society

December 2
16th Annual Warehouse District Holiday Tour
Begins at Bridgeview Apartments, 1300 W. 9th St., Cleveland
5:30 - 11:00 p.m., registration required, $$
Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation

Save the Date

December 8
Legacy City Preservation: A National Conversation on Innovation + Practice
Newark, New Jersey
6:00 - 8:30 p.m., registration required, FREE
Preservation Rightsizing Network

January 6
Special Membership Meeting
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
9:30 a.m.
Cleveland Restoration Society

Kerri Broome, editor | Cleveland Restoration Society | 216-426-1000 |