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. 
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Westin Downtown Cleveland
11:30 am Registration 12:00 pm Program
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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CRS and AIA Cleveland celebrate preservation achievements by recognizing outstanding historic preservation projects from the region during our annual Awards Program. Projects are nominated by the community and reviewed by a jury of historic preservation experts and certified architects. Our program highlights award winning projects through visual storytelling followed by a celebratory reception. 

Nominations Due February 29, 2020 by 5:00 pm.
Ward 1, Lee-Harvard & Lee-Seville Project, Myrtle Highview
The Cleveland Restoration Society is thrilled to announce the listing of the Myrtle-Highview Historic District, part of Cleveland’s Ward 1, in the National Register of Historic Places. How fitting that this pronouncement, of a neighborhood built by African Americans, primarily for African Americans, is happening during this year’s Black History Month.
Arthur Bussey. Courtesy of Call Post, February 28, 1972.
In case you didn’t know, the districts’ solid group of mid-century modern brick homes are tucked away off Lee Road, lining Myrtle Avenue and Highview Road. This is the neighborhood Arthur Bussey built!

Many of the properties still showcase their original mid-century details, featuring aluminum awnings, and wrought iron railings. The Myrtle-Highview subdivision was part of the first “move-up” neighborhoods for African Americans in Cleveland. 
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological resources, the National Park Services’ National Register of Historic Places was authorized by the National Preservation Act of 1966. 
Myrtle Avenue home of Emma and Arthur Bussey as it stands today.
Courtesy of Michael Fleenor.
Noted Cleveland journalist Leon Bibb interviewed CRS President Kathleen H. Crowther about our book The Making of Cleveland’s Black Suburb in the City: Lee-Seville and Lee-Harvard. Check out the interview to learn more about the history of Lee-Seville & Lee-Harvard.
The Abel Building, at 7049 Superior Avenue, was built in 1908 by developer William H. Abel. This historic, mixed use, masonry building was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by noted Cleveland architect Paul Matzinger, also known for his work on Zion Lutheran Church, Clifton Terrace, and Eighth Reformed Church. This structure stands 4 stories tall at 30,000 square feet, with 33 units, on a total of .32 acres. It is listed with Hanna Commercial Real Estate at $349,000.

Interested parties may contact listing agents Cheng-Han Yu, at (216) 861-5490 , or Henry Duong, at (216) 861-7200.
Whether you're celebrating Black History Month or hoping to hear America’s full history, learn more about black Americans’ accomplishments at these Distinctive Destinations. Cleveland's Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park is highlighted on this list.
The Ohio History Fund is one of the few grant programs in the state solely for history projects. Your contribution to the "Ohio History Fund" tax check-off on your state tax return funds these grants. Tax time is here and the Ohio History Fund needs your help!

If you receive an Ohio income tax refund, you can donate part of it to the Ohio History Fund. Give by writing in an amount on line 26f, “Ohio History Fund” on your Ohio income tax return.

Join fellow history lovers at the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate Ohio's birthday—and to advocate for Ohio History.

In commemoration of Ohio’s founding, we and our partners invite you to join a broad coalition of history advocates for our annual Statehood Day event. 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!
The Cleveland Restoration Society's Third Floor Suite in the historic Sarah Benedict House in Mid-Town is available for lease. The offices are centrally located in an established neighborhood with easy access to the freeway and downtown. Onsite free parking is available. The Third Floor offers approximately 1,700 SF of fully improved office space in four to five rooms, a restroom, and storage facilities. The space is fully accessible by an elevator.

For more information or to view the property, please contact Tom Jorgensen at
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Wednesday, February 19th • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Legacy & Impact: African-American Theater in Cleveland
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Leonard Bernstein strove for social justice and broke barriers throughout his career, notably by hiring African-American actors and conductors for the 1944 musical On The Town at a time when segregation pervaded American life. In celebration of Black History Month, join us for an enlightening panel discussion about race and representation in the arts, the history of African-American theater organizations in Northeast Ohio, and their impact on communities today. Moderated by author and educator Afi Scruggs with panelists.

Saturday, February 22nd •5:00 pm - 2:45 pm
History on Tap: The Living Legacy of Leo's Casino
Cleveland History Center
Western Reserve Historical Society

Come to The Cleveland History Center’s event, History on Tap: The Living Legacy of Leo’s Casino, on 02.22.20 and learn for yourself why iconic performers like The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane, and Ray Charles all performed at Cleveland’s very own Leo’s Casino. Enjoy a drink with friends while you stroll around the Cleveland History Center and take in the captivating sights and sounds of this historic Cleveland landmark. In addition to live jazz music (Blue Dazz: 5:30-7:30pm) , drinks, and available food for purchase, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the R&B Hall of Fame have partnered with the Cleveland History Center and will be onsite to share their expertise and help create a night you’re sure to remember.

Saturday, February 22nd 11 :30 am - 2:45 pm
Annual George Washington's Birthday Luncheon
Shaker Heights Country Club
Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution

Join us for our annual Luncheon in honor of George Washington’s Birthday. For over 125 years, the Western Reserve Society SAR has been holding this event which is open to the public. This year’s featured Speaker will be West Point historian Lt Col Sherman Fleek. Lt. Col Sherman Fleek, West Point Military Academy’s Command Historian, will travel to Cleveland to speak to our members and guests about George Washington’s role and participation at West Point during the Revolutionary War and his desire to establish a military academy during his presidency. Q & A to follow his remarks.

View flyer here . RSVPs required by February 15th, 2020. Click here to RSVP.

Monday, February 24th 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Architectural & Sculptural Legacy of Levi T. Scofield
Cleveland Grays Armory Museum

The Cleveland Grays, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Cleveland Architect Foundation present The Architectural and Sculptural Legacy of Levi T. Scofield with Tom O’Grady. During the 19th century, master-builder Levi T. Scofield designed several publicly acclaimed buildings—most notably the Mansfield Reformatory Prison, Cuyahoga County’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, and the Athens State Asylum. He also designed private homes for Millionaires’ Row and his own mansion. Recently, the former Scofield Mansion, residing in the Woodland area, was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Beyond his architectural legacy, Scofield also created two major sculptural works, first viewed at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Today, unfortunately, only a few of his masterpieces remain. All Unwritten History presentations are free and open to the public. An optional dinner (choice of chicken alfredo or eggplant parmesan, rice pilaf, green beans, salad, roll, and dessert; $25) is available with advance registration.

Registration and dinner orders are required by Feb 18, 2020. Register here .

Tuesday, February 25th 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Public Guided Tour
Steele Mansion Inn

Come and learn the amazing history behind the Steele Mansion exclusive tour given by the owner, Historian, Carol Shamakian.

$10 per person. Call for reservations: 440-639-7948 . Click here for more information.

Friday, February 28th 6 :00 pm
Annual Meeting & Book Launch
Muldoon's Saloon
Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society

Join the Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society for their Annual Meeting and Book Launch. Join them for friendship, food and an update on all activities coming up. Everyone's welcome!

RSVP by February 24th to COLLNOTTHISTORY@AOL.COM or call 216-406-3036.

Saturday, March 7th 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, or 2 :00 pm
One Community Reads Trolley Tour
Cleveland Public Library South Branch

Enjoy a trolley tour of the MetroWest and Tremont neighborhoods and the shared spaces that bring us together as a community. Tours depart from the South Branch Library. Trolley tours are offered free of charge.

Registration required. Register here.

Saturday, March 14th 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Behind the Ropes Tour
James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Not to be confused with our popular Behind the Scenes tour, this special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows you to see some of the home’s unique artifacts up close. Always wanted to see further into some of the home’s most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you! We strongly suggest you take a regular public house tour BEFORE you take the Behind the Ropes tour.

Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please e-mail or call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16. Click here for more information.