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.

February 2019 Preservation News & Events
Black History Month Spotlight on  Black Migrations

Don't miss our friend Todd Michney in town for a special program at Tri-C.

The Carol S. Franklin Social Science Speakers Series
Changing Neighborhoods Then and Now: 
Race and Suburbanization in Cleveland
Todd M. Michney, Ph.D.
Tuesday, February 19th
12:30 - 1:45 pm
Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus Theater in Parma
Free and Open to the Public

Cleveland ranks among the five most racially-segregated metropolitan areas in the United States, despite once being known as one of the country's most racially progressive metros. Todd Michney, Ph.D., will explain how the city's racialized settlement patterns emerged, including how middle-class African Americans sought housing at the urban border, the white response and the ramifications for racial equity. A native Clevelander, Michney is assistant professor in the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Institute of Technology and author of Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980. Reception and book signing to follow.

For more information, contact 216-987-5508. Register here

Check out other events celebrating Black History Month in Northeast Ohio.

2019 Cleveland Restoration Society Community Luncheon 
Keynote Speak er Maurice Cox
Detroit Planning and Development Director
Thursday, March 7th at Westin Cleveland 

Revitalizing Cities and Neighborhoods
The Big Payback: Historic Preservation

Maurice Cox is a nationally-acclaimed community designer and leader of the public interest design movement. He is widely respected for his ability to incorporate active citizen participation into the urban design and planning process. Mr. Cox has a reputation for developing bold -yet achievable- plans that become tools for civicdiscourse and empowerment, embraced by diverse sectors of the community. Post-bankruptcy Detroit is becoming a leading laboratory for urban regeneration, and Cox has earned widespread acclaim for his innovative role in the process.

During this program please join us to recognize Bracy E. Lewis with the Robert C. Gaede Award for his contributions to historic preservation and the Cleveland Restoration Society.

Individual tickets to the 2019 Community Luncheon are on sale now at $75 each. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here to purchase tickets or learn more. 

Photo by  Pixelate Jason Miller

Thank you to our Program Sponsors 

National Trust Community Investment Corp

Patron Table Sponsors
Benson Law Firm Downtown Cleveland Alliance Frost Architectural Preservation Geis Hiti, DiFrancesco and Siebold Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Tri-C Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Marous Brothers Novogradac & Company RSM Third Federal Thompson Hine Western Reserve Historical Society

Celebration of Preservation
Nominate Your Favorite Historic Preservation Project

Help us celebrate local preservation projects by nominating a project to receive recognition at the 2019 Celebration of Preservation. The Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland's annual preservation awards program recognizes individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence and outstanding commitment to historic preservation. Nominations are due Friday, February 15th, 2019 by 5 p.m. Awards will be determined by a jury of architects, contractors, and experts in historic preservation and announced during the Celebration of Preservation on Wednesday, May 22 at the Ohio Theatre.

Learn more and submit your nomination  here.
New Life for Collinwood's Longfellow School 

CRS led a three-year effort to save Longfellow School from demolition culminating in an RFQ/RFP process to identify a developer for this vacant historic school.  A highly qualified developer has taken title to the property with plans to execute $21M project resulting in 94 affordable senior housing units. Read more in the recent  Plain Dealer article

Heritage Ohio Upcoming Events

Federal Qualified Opportunity Zones Webinar
Wednesday, February 6th
1:00 - 2:00 pm

As part of 2017 federal tax reform, Congress created new tax benefits for certain investments in low-income communities designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones. During 2018, Ohio designated 320 Opportunity Zones - the maximum allowed.
This webinar will provide an overview of the technical aspects of the program. Suggested strategies will be offered for using the QOZ program in mid-western cities and how you can combine QOZ investments with other economic incentives.

This webinar is a benefit of Heritage Ohio membership. Click here to become a member.

Revitilization Series Training
Wednesday, February 13th
Join Heritage Ohio in Mount Vernon for the first Revitalization Series Workshop of 2019. The focus of this workshop will be on organization. Many topics critical to to the success of your organization will be explored, including choosing the right leaders, the relationship between an executive director and the board, and the relationship between community, identity, and fundraising. 

Light breakfast from the North Main Cafe will be provided and, as always, you will have the opportunity to explore the Main Street community and grab a bite to eat at a local establishment.
Western Reserve Society SAR
Annual Birthday Luncheon
Saturday, February 16th

Join the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution for their annual birthday luncheon at the The Shaker Heights Country Club. The lead tour guide from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello will share photos and stories about Monticello and President Jefferson in the third and final presentation of the great Presidential Estates Series.
Cash Bar opens at 11:30am; Program begins at Noon
Ticket prices start at $35 
RSVP to or reserve  online

Tuesday, February 15
Cleveland Decorative Arts Annual Meeting, Cleveland Racquet Club
Whistlers' Silver Collection and Their Distinguished Collectors Mark
Ware Petznick, Executive Director, Shaker Historical Society,
Shaker Hts., OH
Visit their website for more information. 

Thursday, February 27
Statehood Day, Ohio Statehouse
Join fellow history lovers at the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate Ohio's birthday-and to advocate for Ohio History.  The state's birthday serves as an appropriate time each year for history advocates to come together to help showcase the importance of Ohio's history and how history, historic preservation and the organizations that help provide access to Ohio's rich history benefit the Buckeye State. Statehood Day is a celebration of Ohio and its history, as well as a legislative advocacy event!

March 13th, March 20th, March 27th, and April 3rd
Hope for the City,  Old Stone Church on Public Square
Cities are wonderful places to live, work, and play. You can reside close to friends and neighbors, walk to work, relax in a park, and shop at your favorite stores. But what if you're homeless? What if you're unable to take advantage of urban opportunities due to disabilities or lack of knowledge? Find out how we can improve (and often utilize) our cities to create a better world for all!
Wednesday, March 13th
Connections Matter
Dorothy Baunach
Chief Executive Officer, DigitalC
Stephanie Allen, editor | Cleveland Restoration Society | 216-426-1000 |