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.

August 2017 Preservation News & Events
Round 19 of Ohio HPTC Now Open
Round 19 of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is in full motion. The Intent to Apply Form is due by August 15 and is required before an application can be considered for Round 19 funding. The form provides the Ohio Development Services Agency with basic information about anticipated projects prior to full application submission. Additionally, all applicants are also required to hold a pre-application meeting with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) prior to submitting an application. These meetings must also be conducted by August 15.  

Click here to access the form.

For any questions on the Intent to Apply Form or the process itself, contact  Lisa Brownell

Apply to the Ohio History Fund
The Ohio History Fund is a competitive matching grants program offered by the Ohio History Connection. Eligible projects fall into one of three categories: Bricks & Mortar, Organization Development, and Programs & Collections. Each grant requires matching funds, goods, and/or services from the recipients. The application period is now open through September 1, 2017. 
Northeast Ohio winners from last year include the Kent State University Anthropology Department to fund a survey at the Berlin Lake Reservoir and the Peninsula Valley Historic & Education Foundation to rehabilitate the Bronson Church steeple in downtown Peninsula.  

2017 Annual Meeting Recap

On Thursday, July 20, 40 trustees and members gathered in the Volunteers Garden for the annual membership meeting of the Cleveland Restoration Society. Members enjoyed an al fresco breakfast while hearing updates from the board and staff on the successes of the past year.
Three new trustees were selected to join the board: Arne Goldman, of Marous Brothers Construction, Wayne Mortensen, of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, of Chambers, Murphy & Burge Architects, a Studio of Perspectus Architecture. These individuals have already been contributing to the cause of the Cleveland Restoration Society and we look forward to what their skills and expertise will bring to our board in the years to come.
A sample of our accomplishments from 2016 includes stabilizing the Scofield Mansion to prevent further decay and selling the Shaker Heights property at 2834 Courtland Blvd. to an established developer. The Scofield Mansion Project is especially poignant as its success was made possible by the contributed services and time of our partners on the project: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Coon Restoration, Precision Environmental and Secureview.

More details on our work in 2016 can be found in our annual report, available here as a pdf and in hard copy format.

Contact Stephanie Allen to receive a hard copy version.

Employment Opportunity at CRS
The Cleveland Restoration Society is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant. The right individual must be a quick study of business software programs, including QuickBooks, Excel, and Word and have the ability to learn new programs; and a team worker with the ability to work successfully with a range of people, including staff members, and other individuals involved with Cleveland Restoration Society. The Administrative Assistant will:
  • Process all accounts payables into QuickBooks; obtain approval, input, and file payments
  • Maintenance of vendor records and assist in researching vendors
  • Process escrow check processing.
  • Help with Home Heritage Program billing
  • Prepare CDBG timesheets and obtain signatures
  • Monthly reconciliation of PayPal and Payment Processing statement
  • Monthly reconciliation of QuickBooks and Charity Proud
  • Make bank deposits and record in QuickBooks
  • Reconcile and organize receipts with Credit Card statement
  • Answer door for visitors
  • Answer phones
  • Mail processing
  • Prepare documents for President
  • Assist with filing
  • Maintain Sarah Benedict House calendar and tenant calendar
  • Maintain and order office supplies
  • Assist with preparation for office meetings
  • Work to improve efficiencies in areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
The Administrative Assistant reports to the Business & Accounting Manager, and works closely with the President and program staff. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills required. Ability to work well with others in a fast-paced office is essential to success. Salary is commensurate with introductory position. Please submit a resume and copies of any school transcripts to Ruth Dobranic, Business & Accounting Manager, no later than August 31, 2017.

Apply Now for the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program
The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) seeks to uniquely develop the diverse leadership abilities of engaged Clevelanders who are committed to creating a city and region which works for everyone.

The vision of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is to foster the growth of a new vanguard of engaged neighborhood leaders in the City of Cleveland who are prepared and committed to creating progressive change in a variety of areas throughout Cleveland and the region.
Applications are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 4th.

 Click here to learn more about the program and apply.

Save the Date
CRS Benefit for Sacred Landmarks
Save the date for our annual benefit, held this year on Saturday, October 7 at the Trinity Cathedral. We cannot imagine a more befitting place but the Trinity Cathedral for the 2017 Cleveland Restoration Society Benefit to support our Sacred Landmarks program.
Protecting and preserving Cleveland's sacred landmarks has been at the forefront of CRS's mission.CRS has assisted religious congregations in Northeast Ohio with the care of their properties so they can continue to be responsive to social needs of their communities. These buildings are irreplaceable landmarks and reminders of the rich ethnic and religious history of our region. Please join us in the Trinity Commons for drinks, tours and small bites followed by an elegant sit-down dinner in the Trinity Cathedral nave.

For sponsorship information, please contact Stephanie Allen at or call 216-426-3106.

2017 Sparx City Hop

CRS and St. John's Ohio City
Saturday, August 19, 2017

St. John's Ohio City open from Noon - 5pm
Tour with Architectural Historian Tim Barrett at 1pm and 3 pm

Sparx City Hop, a program of Downtown Cleveland Alliance celebrates the arts, culture and history of Cleveland neighborhoods. Participants explore The Flats (tied in with the Flats East Bank Festival of the Arts), Ohio City/Hingetown, and the Superior Arts District by foot, bike and trolley.
As part of Sparx City Hop spotlight on Hingetown, The Institute at St. John's and the Cleveland Restoration Society invite you to tour the oldest consecrated church in Cleveland. St. John's Episcopal Church, a gothic revival building completed in 1838, designed by famed architect Hezekiah Eldredge.  St. John was one of the first authenticated Underground Railroad sites, the original meeting place where the American Indian Movement was founded, and a hub for various community members to come together for worship, activism, and advocacy.

How to Research Your House's History: Part Two
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has collected a few tips on researching your house's history. Part One: 10 Tips to Tackle Your Historic House's History, explored the principle steps in discovering information on your house. Part Two goes more in-depth, explaining how to access Sanborn Maps, GIS data, and land deeds.

Lost Cleveland
Book Signing and Reception
Laura DeMarco is an arts and culture reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer whose new book, Lost Cleveland, revisits many of Cleveland's glorious buildings. Many buildings did not survive changing times, styles, demographics and economic downturns, but they are preserved in Lost Cleveland. The book includes rare vintage photos along with colorful background stories. Many of Cleveland's "lost" notable structures are brought to light, including The Elysium Arena, The Hollenden Hotel, the City of Cleveland Steamship, Luna Park, and the Warner and Swasey Observatory just to name a few. Join Laura DeMarco on August 24, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Appletree Books, 12419 Cedar Rd. in Cleveland Heights, to hear more about her new book.

New Options for Vacant Properties in Limbo: Affordable Clearboarding
Secureview, industry leader in clearboarding, is eager to find a solution to vacant properties boarded with plywood, which negatively impact property values and contribute to crime and neglect. Their solution is affordable clearboarding - clear polycarbonate sheets that can be used to cover windows and prevent vandalism without the negative repercussions of plywood or unsheltered windows. CRS can attest to the performance of Secureview's Clearboarding, donated for use in our Scofield Mansion Project.


Now - December 31
Exhibit: "Endangered Antiquities"
Main Library, Special Collections John G. White Corridor, 3rd Floor
325 Superior Ave., Cleveland
Cleveland Public Library

August 4
Historic Zoar Village On Exhibit: Kick-Off Reception
Shaker Historical Society and Museum, 16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., FREE, RSVP 216-921-1201
Shaker Historical Society and Museum
August 8-October 31
Historic Zoar Village On Exhibit
Shaker Historical Society and Museum, 16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
Tues-Fri 11:00a.m. -5:00 p.m., Sun 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Museum admission $, Contact 216-921-1201
Shaker Historical Society and Museum

August 12
SNOOP! of the Scofield Mansion
Levi Scofield Mansion, 2438 Mapleside Rd., Cleveland
10 am tour is sold out
Limited spaces available for new tour at noon, registration required,
FREE and open to CRS Members only
Cleveland Restoration Society

August 12
Scholars and Settlers History Walk
Tour Starts by flagpole on Tappan Square by Main and College, Oberlin
2:00 -3:15 p.m., $, registration required
Oberlin Heritage Center

August 19
Open House at St. John's Ohio City
Part of Sparx City Hop
St. John's Ohio City, 2600 Church Ave., Cleveland
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., FREE, information
Cleveland Restoration society
St. John's Episcopal Church

August 20
Cleveland Historic Underground Railroad Tour
Merwin's Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland
12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m., registration required, $$
Woodland Cemetery Foundation

August 24
Lost Cleveland Book Signing & Reception
Appletree Books, 12419 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., FREE, 216-791-2665
Appletree Books & Laura DeMarco
August 26
Scholars and Settlers History Walk
Tour Starts by flagpole on Tappan Square by Main and College, Oberlin
2:00 -3:15 p.m., $, registration required
Oberlin Heritage Center

Save the Date

September 6
Main Street Refresh Workshop
Wayne County Public Library Central Library
220 W. Liberty St., Wooster
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., register by 9/1
Heritage Ohio

October 7
2017 Benefit for Sacred Landmarks
Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 
Cleveland Restoration Society

October 16-18
Heritage Ohio Annual Conference
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Columbus
Heritage Ohio

October 26-29
17th National Conference on Planning History

November 14-17
PastForward National Preservation Conference
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Job Christiansen, editor | Cleveland Restoration Society | 216-426-1000 |