The 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. 
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This publication covers the highlights of our programs and accomplishments and features articles about a wide array of preservation issues and successes.
Even though the Heritage Home Program cannot hold our information sessions in person, we can still present them to interested homeowners!

Join us to learn more about the Heritage Home Program and the services we provide! Our first virtual information session will be held on Monday, April 20th at 2:00 pm . To register, email with your name, address, and phone number. You will then be sent a link to join the information session via Zoom or telephone.
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Friday, September 11th, 2020
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Keynote Speaker  John G. Morikis
Chairman & CEO of Sherwin-Williams
The Community Luncheon previously scheduled for March 26th is now rescheduled for  Friday, September 11th, 2020.  The venue, The Westin Cleveland Downtown, remains the same

The Cleveland Restoration Society’s Community Luncheon is a much anticipated annual event, bringing together the community to celebrate historic preservation. At the dawn of a new decade the Society is indeed fortunate to announce  John G. Morikis, Chairman and CEO of Sherwin-Williams , as our 2020 keynote luncheon speaker. With more than 30 years of corporate experience, Morikis knows a thing or two about success while making it look seamless. Morikis rose through the ranks from management trainee to his current post as chairman and CEO. No wonder Forbes Magazine named him as one of the nation’s most innovative leaders of 2019. Indeed Morikis is helping to paint the picture of success at the global manufacturer and as a trailblazer in an industry closely tied to our important work and to the region. 
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Have you read The Making of Cleveland’s Black Suburb in the City ? Did that leave you wanting to learn more about Cleveland’s neighborhoods, historic preservation, urban planning or local history? Check out our Cleveland Restoration Society staff picks for more great reads. And, if you have not yet read the story of how Lee-Seville and Lee-Harvard developed to become Cleveland’s black suburb in the city, be sure to order your copy today
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story—the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.

Why I liked this book: David McCullough is a fantastic, engaging writer of history. All of the other works I have read by this author have focused on well-known figures. What I really enjoyed about this story is that many of the main figures and the overall story were not widely known. Plus, the story takes place in our great state of Ohio!
Margaret Lann, Preservation Services & Publications Manager
All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House by David Giffels

With the lyrics of a Replacements song running through his head ("Look me in the eye, then tell me that I'm satisfied"), David Giffels with his wife and infant son in tow combs the environs of Akron, Ohio, in search of the perfect house for his burgeoning family. The quest ends at the front door of a beautiful but decaying Gilded Age mansion, the once-grand former residence of a rubber-industry executive. It lacks functional plumbing and electricity, leaks rain like a cartoon shack, and is infested with all manner of wildlife. But for a young father at a coming-of-age crossroads, the challenge is precisely the allure.

Why I liked this book: Written by a local Akron author, this book is funny, poignant and perfect for anyone who loves old homes in need of restoration. Giffels does a wonderful job of intertwining his personal highs and lows with the highs and lows of DIY home renovation.
Margaret Lann, Preservation Services & Publications Manager

Historic preservation is good for cities…no, not just good, historic preservation is great for cities. The reasons preservation is great for cities are multiple – aesthetic, symbolic, cultural, social, educational, economic, and others. Over the last five years, PlaceEconomics has done analyses of the impacts of historic preservation in nearly a dozen cities of all sizes throughout the United States. From that research, we’ve assembled the twenty-four reasons why historic preservation is good for your city.

Why I liked this book: This is technically not a book, but rather a report. Perfect for reading while sheltering at home because you can download it for free! I truly appreciate how PlaceEconomics uses measurable data to demonstrate all the ways historic preservation is necessary to the well-being of our communities. This report makes preservation advocates both feel good, and it equips us with powerful tools to “prove” that what we do matters. If you find you like this report, you can then read an earlier book by Rypkema: The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader's Guide to gain more insight into how preservation and economics intersect.
Margaret Lann, Preservation Services & Publications Manager
Bending the Future: 50 Ideas for the Next 50 Years of Historic Preservation in the United States edited by Max Page and Marla R. Miller

The 50 different essays give insight into possibilities of how preservation in the United States can expand and grow to become a more inclusive movement in the future.

Why I liked this book: I like the variety of discussions on how historic preservation has changed and may change moving forward. It starts a conversation on what historic preservation has done in the past and how it has the opportunity to tell and preserve the history of a truly diverse and unique United States.
Jessica Beam, Heritage Home Program SM Associate
Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli

Written by a native of the Detroit area, this biography of a city comes from the point of view of someone with long memories and a hope for all of the opportunities Detroit brings.

Why I liked this book: I love a book that invites me to learn more, look up new places, and want to visit a city that is in the process of making big changes. I took a lot of breaks reading just to look up the neighborhoods and see what they look like now (with the help of Google Maps, of course).
Jessica Beam, Heritage Home Program SM Associate
The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories by Edward Hollis

The author takes buildings and structures that are generally well known or seen as “timeless” in Western architecture and tells their story in a narrative that brings feeling and emotion into the sometimes drastic changes that buildings undergo as the eras move around them.

Why I liked this book: This was one of the first books about buildings that I read when I was beginning to look into historic preservation as a career. It embraces the varied histories of buildings, many of which we associate with one single time in history. Buildings and their uses adapt and expand as often as the people that use them – something that sometimes gets forgotten when preservation is involved. The author focused on 13 buildings or structures that we think we may know and gives insight into the pasts that may have been forgotten with the feeling of “if walls could talk…”
Jessica Beam, Heritage Home Program SM Associate
To nominate a person, building, or project, complete a nomination form and attach supporting documents and high-resolution photos. If your documents or photos are large files, please email them to  with the name of the nomination in the title of the email. To view a detailed description of the awards categories, view the  2020 Awards List .

All nominations must be received by  June 15, 2020 . Nominations that do not follow the formatting provided in the form and incomplete entries will NOT be accepted.

Not sure if your nomination fits a category? Contact us at 614-258-6200 or  and we will be happy to discuss the nomination with you.
With many schools closed in response to the coronavirus, parents and guardians have become educators as well as caretakers. To help them out, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has compiled a list of virtual learning resources from some of our Historic Sites, partners, and other cool museums.
It is estimated that for every 100 people not counted during the census, Greater Cleveland will lose $1.2 million over the next decade in federally-funded programs such as Head Start, transit, public housing, and community development block grants.

It’s essential that we have a complete and accurate count of every person living in the United States, regardless of age, citizenship status, or where they live. 

Here’s one important way you can support your neighbors today: fill out the 2020 Census (by phone, mail, or online) if you haven’t already. 
For more information click here.
Vote-by-Mail voting in the 2020 Primary Election has been extended through April 28, 2020.

As we work to overcome the challenges of COVID-19, it’s still important to have your voice heard in the Ohio primary. The Ohio General Assembly has put in place a plan that will allow all Ohioans to continue voting. Don’t lose your voice! Vote!
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Tuesday, April 14th 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Communicating and Fundraising for Preservation in a Time of Uncertainty
Preservation Leadership Forum

While the world’s current pandemic has ushered in an uncertain environment for nonprofits–including preservation organizations–best practices and strong ideas can help advance missions and create successful adaptation within the climate. Hear from Robert Bull, President of the Compass Group, and Geoff Handy, Chief Marketing Officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation as they share their expertise, offer advice, and answer questions on effectively communicating and engaging with donors and stakeholders at this moment. They will also address specific topics such as timing of membership campaigns, fundraising events and programs, and demonstrating the value of why preservation of historic places matters now more than ever.

Monday, April 20th 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Historic Tax Credits 101 Webinar
Heritage Ohio

This is a good time to have a primer on how the historic tax credits work in Ohio. What are historic rehabilitation tax credits? What are they worth?
Are you curious if these credits are the right incentive for your project?
Join our team presentation to learn how:

1. Basic qualifying – generally the most direct path is being listed on the National Register, find out if you are, if not how do you get listed? – Barbara Powers, State Historic Preservation Office

2. The 20% Federal Historic Tax Credit has been around for 40 years. – Mariangela Pfister, State Historic Preservation Office

3. The 25% Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit has been around for 13 years. – Lisa Brownell, Ohio Development Services Agency

In a quick 60-minute presentation, you will meet the people who run the program, get to know them, and be able to ask questions. There are no better financial incentives available, you CAN take advantage of these.

Monday, April 27th • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Historic Tax Credits 201 Webinar
Heritage Ohio

This is a good time to learn a little more about how the historic tax credits work in Ohio. How do you assemble the right professional team? Who are the players in making these projects work? Join our team presentation to learn how. In this 60-minute presentation, you will meet experts in these areas and be able to ask questions. There are no better financial incentives available. You CAN take advantage of these.

  • Chad Arfons – Attorney with McDonald Hopkins
  • Alyssa McClanahan – Historic Preservation Consultant with Kunst
  • Paul Nadin – Accountant with RSM US

Wednesday, April 29th • 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Designing Victory Online Book Discussion
Western Reserve Historical Society

The first in a series of online discussions for The World Reads with Cleveland, a global reading initiative focusing on Designing Victory: A Memoir will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM, via Facebook Live.

Interested readers are encouraged to join our Facebook group as soon as possible, so that they will receive periodic updates about this exciting project, have the opportunity to post discussion questions in advance, and be able to join the group’s Facebook Live session on April 29th.