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.

June 2017 Preservation News & Events
$32.6 Million in Federal Preservation Grants Announced
In April, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced $32.6 million in historic preservation grants for tribes and states. The grants were made available from annual appropriations for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The grants were awarded based on the HPF appropriations included in the current continuing resolution, which kept funding equal to FY16 levels. Of the $32.6 million, $26.9 million was awarded to U.S states and territories, and $5.7 million to over 160 tribes, benefiting preservation projects across the country. The HPF is supported by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenue, not taxpayer dollars. Since 1976, this critical fund has helped to recognize, save, revitalize, and protect historic places across the country by facilitating nearly 90,000 National Register listings and $117 billion in private investment through the Historic Tax Credit.

Canyons of the Ancients
National Monuments Under Review - Public Comment
Period Open Now
On April 26, President Trump signed an executive order calling for the Department of Interior to review the size and scope all National Monument designations, of over 100,000 acres or "made without adequate public outreach," since 1996. This order impacts dozens of natural, cultural and historically significant sites across the country (including sites like Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado, shown here). Presidents going back to Theodore Roosevelt have used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to protect critically important natural and historic resources for future generations. Places protected under the act include the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, the Stonewall Inn, and, most recently, Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. This review could lead to changes to the size of several national monuments or the rescinding of national monuments. In May, the Department of the Interior announced the first ever formal comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act and released a list of the monuments under review under the President's recently issued executive order. The comment period for the Bears Ears National Monument was open for 15 days, closing on May 26. The comment period for the remaining National Monuments on the list closes on July 10. Image courtesy of

Lincoln's Cottage
30th Anniversary of America's 11 Most Endangered List
Since 1988, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has used its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places to raise awareness about the threats facing some of the nation's greatest treasures (such as President Lincoln's Cottage, shown here, now a National Trust Historic Site). The list, which has identified more than 270 sites to date, has been so successful in galvanizing preservation efforts that only a handful of sites have been lost. To mark the 30th anniversary of the America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, the National Trust is highlighting 11 once-endangered sites that are now thriving and contributing to their communities. The diverse range of places on this list reflect not only their rich history and compelling stories, but also the tireless dedication of the people who brought each place back from the brink. In the last three decades, dozens of sites have been saved through the work of the National Trust, its partners, and local preservationists across the country. Many more sites are now considered "favorable" and are on the path to a positive solution. Still, others remain threatened, and the National Trust and its partners continue in their efforts to protect these important endangered places. Image courtesy of President Lincoln's Cottage.

Celebrating Preservation Success!
What an evening! The stunning Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square was the place to be last Thursday when the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland lauded 15 projects at the annual Celebration of Preservation award program. Our region is lucky to be filled with skilled architects, historic preservation experts, and community developers who understand the value of historic buildings. The stories shared last week show how, from Lorain to Cleveland to Akron, and in many places in between, Northeast Ohio is buzzing with new development - and historic preservation is helping to make once unfathomable projects possible! Congratulations to the 2017 winners:
  • Brick Ceramics & Design
  • Plum Café
  • Carnegie Center
  • The Marinucci Group
  • Norton Residence
  • Akron Soap Company
  • Templin-Bradley Lofts
  • Cascade Lofts
  • Olney Mansion and Gallery
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Stone Wall Project
  • Wagner Awning Building
  • West 25th Street Lofts
  • Drury Plaza Hotel
  • The K&D Group
  • Ohio Theatre Lobby Restoration
Our deepest gratitude goes to the sponsors for this year's award program - Platinum supporters: K&D Management, Sandvick Architects, and The Sherwin-Williams Company. Gold sponsors: Drury Hotels and Playhouse Square. Silver sponsors: Denk Associates Consulting Engineers, Jamieson Ricca Fenestration, and Marous Brothers Construction.

Click here for photos of the winning projects!

News from Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio, our statewide preservation organization, has a number of news items that may interest you:
Voting is now open in Heritage Ohio's annual photo contest. If you want to choose your favorite, you only have until next Friday, June 9!
Heritage Ohio is currently accepting entries for its annual preservation awards. All nominations must be received by July 3, 2017.
The Emerging Professionals Scholarship opportunity for Heritage Ohio's conference is also now available. Scholarship winners will receive the opportunity to present a mini-presentation on their preservation work, two nights at the conference hotel, $100 travel stipend, and complimentary conference registration. Proposals will be accepted until July 28.

Belt Magazine Michney Article 2017
New Article Goes Beyond
'White Flight'
Humanities scholar Dr. Todd Michney, CRS's partner in our Ward 1 project, recently published an article on the significance of the Lee-Harvard neighborhood in the bigger picture of urban race relations and social mobility in the 1950s - '70s. Published in Belt Magazine, the article is entitled "Beyond 'White flight': What the History of One Cleveland Neighborhood Can Teach Us About Race and Housing Inequality." If you missed Dr. Michney's talks in Cleveland last fall, and even if you were able to hear him speak, you will want to read this article. Dr. Michney also released a book on the subject in March, entitled Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980, available from the University of North Carolina Press. Image courtesy of the Cleveland Press Collection, Cleveland State University Library.

Click here for the full article.

News from the Sarah Benedict House
The Cleveland Restoration Society is pleased to welcome Sena Kayasü to the Sarah Benedict House as our 2017 Keithly intern. Sena is finishing up a Master of Arts degree at Cornell University in the Historic Preservation Planning program.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Bilkent University, a private university in Ankara, the capital city of the Republic of Turkey. Over the summer, Sena will be working in CRS's Preservation Services program, helping to do survey work in Cleveland's Ward 1 and in the Moreland neighborhood of Shaker Heights. She is also assisting to catalog digitized images for our emerging collection at Cleveland State University's Cleveland Memory Project. We are thrilled to have her with us for the summer!

June 20 Lunch Will Focus on Impact of Historic Tax Credits
Are you curious about the impact of historic tax credits? From its inception in 1976 through 2015, the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program has been used to preserve over 42,000 historic buildings nationally while leading to the creation of over 2.3 million jobs. Federal and State Historic Tax Credits are especially vital in rust belt cities like Cleveland, where financing for revitalization projects would not be possible without their use. Attend a luncheon sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services to learn more about the impact of historic tax credits on our local economy and communities from a panel of local developers who have had success utilizing historic tax credits. The luncheon will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at The City Club of Cleveland.

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Midwestern Garden History and Design Symposium
Hudson Heritage Association is teaming up with other Akron-area organizations to present a garden history and design symposium entitled "Fields and Forests. Farms and Gardens," on June 21 - 22. The event will begin with a full day at the Akron Art Museum, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, and Hale Farm and Village featuring a variety of speakers and tours. Keynote speaker Marta McDowell, author of All the President's Gardens, will emphasize the importance of research and documentation of period landscapes using the research methods for the White House Gardens and their history as examples. On June 22, Tom Vince will lead a two-hour trolley tour through Hudson beginning at 10:00 a.m. Box lunches will be provided and followed by a two-hour walking tour of the Western Reserve Academy.

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

June 6
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
6:00 p.m., FREE
Heritage Home Program
June 7 - 9
AHA! Festival
Cleveland State University
Playhouse Square

June 7
Special "This Place Matters" Event Featuring Mike Wolfe
Variety Theatre, 11835 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., FREE
Westown Community Development
June 8
The Warmth of Other Suns: Book discussion by Isabel Wilkerson
Part of the AHA! Festival
Drinko Hall, CSU, 2001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., registration required, $$
Cleveland State University
Playhouse Square

June 8
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Barlow Community Center, 41 S Oviatt St, Hudson
6:30 p.m., FREE
Heritage Home Program

June 14
Revitalization Series Spring Workshop: "Event Planning, Networking and Fundraising Events"
Fort Piqua Plaza, 308 N. Main St., Piqua
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., registration required, $$
Heritage Ohio

June 16-18
13th Annual Gracious Gardens Weekend

June 18
Cleveland Historic Underground Railroad Tour
Merwin's Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland
12:30 - 4:00 p.m., registration required, $$
Woodland Cemetery Foundation
June 20
Luncheon Speaker Series: "The Impact of Historic Tax Credits"
The City Club, 850 Euclid Ave., #200, Cleveland
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., registration required, $$
Society for Marketing Professional Services
Marous Brothers Construction
Thompson Hine
June 24
Civil War Journey at Woodland Cemetery
Center Oval, Woodland Cemetery, 6901 Woodland Ave., Cleveland
1:00 - 3:00 p.m., pay day of tour, $$

June 30
Beer, Brats & Bunting
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
5:00 - 7:30 p.m., registration required, $
Cleveland Restoration Society

Save the Date

July 13
"Transforming Community with Affordable Housing"
The Westin Downtown Cleveland, 777 Saint Clair Ave, NE, Cleveland
9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., registration required, $$$

July 20
Annual Membership Meeting
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
9:00 - 10:00 a.m., registration required, FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society

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

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

October 26-29
17th National Conference on Planning History
Cleveland, OH

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

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