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.

December 2015 Preservation News & Events
Meet Benedict
Preservation Works in NEO!
As part of our traditional year-end duties here at the Sarah Benedict House, the Cleveland Restoration Society staff develops a comprehensive summary of the work that has been accomplished over the last twelve months. This is always a very gratifying exercise. It's amazing to recall the many activities that CRS has initiated, provided, promoted, developed, and influenced. The Cleveland Restoration Society is proud to say that preservation truly works in Northeast Ohio! Your support makes this possible. Thank you for being connected to CRS and preservation in NEO.
Courtland Boulevard House
Historic Shaker Mansion Saved and Offered for Sale
Is a Shaker Heights Landmark home on your holiday list? CRS has rescued the original Van Sweringen model home at 2834 Courtland Boulevard and is now offering it for sale. This is a gorgeous house on a double lot, in need of a full-scale rehab. What an amazing opportunity to own a piece of Shaker history!

Visit for more information about the house.

Make Your Voice Heard for Ohio's Historic Resources
Legislation that would expand the power of the federal historic tax credit to breathe new life into Ohio's libraries, theaters, office buildings and Main Streets was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation would strengthen a policy that for more than thirty years has created millions of jobs and attracted billions of dollars in private investment across the country while preserving our nation's historic fabric for future generations. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is working with allies across Ohio, like CRS, to send a strong message to House leaders that this bill is vital to sustaining our historic communities. They have prepared a sample message that you can personalize with your own reasons why the historic tax credit matters to you. Note that Congressmen Tiberi and Turner have already signed on as co-sponsors, so if you are in their districts, you can edit the message to thank them for their support.

Click here for more information.

Annual Meeting
Membership Meeting Notice
Please join us for a Special Meeting of the membership of Cleveland Restoration Society on Tuesday, January 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting is to consider and vote on changes to the Code of Regulations of CRS.

Click here to register for the January 6 CRS Membership Meeting.

Legacy Cities Event and Action Agenda Launch
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. This event is a follow-up to the June 2014 Legacy Cities conference convened by Cleveland Restoration Society and Cleveland State University. CRS has become a national leader on the subject of Legacy Cities. As part of this event, the Action Agenda created from the work of the Cleveland convening will be officially released. 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.

Click here for more information.

Liz and Trudy
News from the Sarah Benedict House 
Join us in welcoming two staff members to the Cleveland Restoration Society.
Elizabeth Cardarelli (pictured here on the left) and Trudy Andrzejewski (pictured right) will both work within CRS's Heritage Home Program(SM), speaking with homeowners, coordinating site visits, and meeting with homeowners in the field. Liz has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University and previously was a preservation intern at the Western Reserve Historical Society's Hale Farm and Village. Trudy has a Master of Preservation Studies from the Tulane School of Architecture and recently completed a graduate internship with the Presidio Trust in San Francisco.

Medina Holiday Home Tour
Medina Home Tour

On Sunday, December 6, from noon to 5:00 p.m., the Medina Community Design Committee will present an exceptional group of properties for this year's Holiday Home Tour, plus a museum, a bank and one of Medina's finest historic churches. The 2015 Holiday Home Tour includes five beautifully decorated historic homes in the city, along with the Medina Engine House Museum, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the award-winning restored FirstMerit Bank Building, along with wonderful refreshments. Tickets are $22 per person, and are on sale at Cool Beans, Miss Molly's Tea Room, and all four Medina County Buehler's locations.
Click here for more information.

Creative Ohio: Transforming Communities Workshop
Ohio's arts and culture community is invited to the Columbus College of Art and Design on December 15 for the Creative Ohio: Transforming Communities Workshop. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., this will be a day of networking and sharing best practices with leaders from Ohio's arts, business, and cultural organizations.
Click here to register for the Creative Ohio Workshop.

Special Historic Euclid Avenue Take a Hike Tour this Month
The award-winning Take a Hike program has been extended to include the first two Saturdays in December. This special walking tour is taking place every Saturday through December 12 in downtown Cleveland. Meet up 10:00 a.m. at The Arcade, 401 Euclid Avenue, and explore the Gateway District and Playhouse Square District. The free tour lasts approx. 90 minutes and features actors and actresses portraying Clevelanders from the past.


December 6
Medina Holiday Home Tour
Noon - 5:00 p.m., tickets available now, $
Medina Community Design Committee

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

December 9
Webinar: "Next Exit History"
1:00 - 2:00 p.m., registration required, FREE
Heritage Ohio

December 15
"Creative Ohio: Transforming Communities" Conference
Columbus College of Art and Design, Canzani Center, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Columbus
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., registration required, $

Save the Date

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

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