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. 
Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland present The 2020 Celebration of Preservation Awards, which will premiere on Friday, July 10th at 4:00 pm on the Cleveland Restoration Society Facebook and YouTube Channel .

A Celebration of Preservation is held each year to recognize exemplary historic preservation projects across Northeast Ohio. The event is a joint effort of the American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter and the Cleveland Restoration Society. The awards highlight and showcase recently completed projects, bringing together the people that make them happen. This year we present the awards virtually and invite you to join our online broadcast, to celebrate with us from a distance, yet and still always together.

RSVP below to let us know that you will be joining us. We will send you a reminder email with the Facebook and YouTube link to our awards premiere.
For sponsorship information, please contact Stephanie Phelps (216) 426-310
Mark your calendars! Join us on June 11th and June 29th at 6 pm as our Heritage Home Program hosts a virtual Rehab 101 presentation .

We will go over the tips and tricks that we have found over the years of helping homeowners through their rehab and renovation projects. From deciding where to start to checking if a final inspection has been completed, we are going over it all!

To register for these presentations, call 216-426-3116 or 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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Back by popular demand! The Heritage Home Program is hosting a virtual Wood Windows: Repair or Replace presentation . The presentation will be held on June 23rd at 6 pm .

We will go over the pros and cons of keeping your original wood windows, and how you can use your windows to improve the energy efficiency in your home. Have you had a question about your windows? Join us and ask!
To register for these presentations, call 216-426-3116 or 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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This week, CRS undertook some much-needed spring cleaning of the Dall-Mays houses! This is an essential step as once the debris is out, the homes can be better assessed by contractors and engineers who will be able to get a better look at what it will take to fully rehab the properties.

A special thanks to  for donating two dumpsters for this clean out! We appreciate the great customer service at  and their continued commitment to assisting with preservation projects in Cleveland.
Read what some of our Cleveland Restoration Society members have to say about the work we are doing.
“I have been so impressed with your work lately. The last issue of Facade was standout in this regard, a stellar example of Cleveland Restoration Society's broadening approach to restoration including articles on aggressive support of Black historic structures and neighborhoods; the two disparate National Register listings; and the Civil Rights Trail project. The Civil Rights Trail would be a huge asset to Cleveland.”
– Marie Kittredge  
“Just had to write to say what a great job you and the crew have done with the recent edition of Facade . I read every word! All the articles were so interesting and relevant: an up-close look at the Dall-Mays houses and our own female architect trailblazer, along with a Cleveland Civil Rights Trail, all ring with pride for our great City!” – Patricia Matteo
Join Marie and Patricia by becoming a member of the Cleveland Restoration Society today!
Designated as a City of Cleveland Landmark in 2010, the Immanuel Presbyterian Church (most recently the Tabernacle Baptist Church) is available for rehabilitation. The earlier small chapel fronts onto MacAuley Street, and a later large church, faces East 156th Street. The chapel, constructed in 1906, has plain lintel windows, small gabled roof dormers, one Gothic window in the facade, and gabled stoop entrance. The church, built in 1924, has a three part Gothic entrance with rose window in pointed arch above, two octagonal turrets, traceried Gothic windows on side elevations, and stone trim. The church and chapel are connected, forming an ell. You can learn more about the history of Immanuel Presbyterian Church here.

Currently, the church is in a distressed condition but is structurally sound and a viable candidate for adaptive use and rehabilitation. Because of its age, architecture and community significance, the property is likely eligible for federal and state historic preservation investment tax credits. CRS, along with our community partners, are looking for a qualified individual or organization to take on the rehabilitation and ownership of the property. Interested parties should e-mail a statement of qualifications outlining their capacity, experience and resources to undertake this project to Margaret Lann and Mary Louise Daley
Philadelphia-based developer Pennrose hopes to transform the vacant complex on Carnegie Avenue near East 55th Street into 140 apartments. The $50 million project, a collaboration with neighborhood nonprofit MidTown Cleveland Inc., also would include 30,000 square feet of commercial space aimed at tenants focused on workforce development in technology and manufacturing.

The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in September. 
Wednesday, June 10th • 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Medina: 60 Years of Targeted Historic Preservation Web Discussion
Heritage Ohio

Founded in 1818, and suffering a major fire in the 1840s, and again in the early 1870s, Medina, Ohio has risen like a phoenix several times over its storied history. Largely rebuilt between 1871-1881, our community features a cohesive and comprehensive collection of mid-to-late 19th Century brick commercial buildings.

In the mid-1940s, Medina, was chosen as a quintessential, Midwestern small town in America, and was the focus of an RKO/Pathe Pictures 20-minute short film called Hometown USA. However, by the 1960s, the historic buildings surrounding the town square has been modernized, bastardized, and generally ignored.

Join Matt Wiederhold from  Main Street Medina  as he shares how 60 years of targeted historic preservation and private investment became the stepping stones to economic vitality in Medina, Ohio, and how important preservation and authentic placemaking is to creating a vibrant community.

Thursday, June 11th • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Change and Tradition: Downtown Main Streets in Ohio
Heritage Ohio

Wellington  has a rich tradition of late 19th Century commercial buildings that have been preserved in the downtown area. This look at the buildings of downtown will focus on the styles of the original buildings, both in current photos and historic photos, and the changes that have been made to the streetscapes over the years. To put the town in context, we will look at the development of downtowns in various places throughout Ohio, including Hudson, Medina, Norwalk, and Warren.

Speaker Christie Borkan is an architectural historian who grew up in Wellington, living on North Mill Street and later on South Main Street. She earned a BA in Art History from Hiram College, and an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware. She has worked in the Spirit of ’76 Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Hale Farm & Village, and the Western Reserve Historical Society. She has also taught courses in American Decorative Arts and American Architecture for over 30 years at Hiram College and Cleveland State University.

Thursday, June 11th • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual Public Meetings Part 2: Lessons from the Field
Preservation Leadership Forum

With traditional, in-person public meetings on hold for the foreseeable future, local preservation commissions and advocates are exploring new ways to conduct their work and engage community members. To inform these efforts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) are partnering on a two-part webinar series on how to plan and implement effective virtual public meetings. Part 1 of the series took place on May 18th and focused on the legal issues involved in adapting local preservation commission activities to the crisis. Part 2 of the webinar, Learning from the Field will include results from a NAPC survey of members, examples from local practitioners, and lessons learned to date that can be applied now and in the future.

Robin Ziegler, Nashville Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission
Wade Brodhead, City of Florence, Colorado
Dana Marks, Town of Wellesley, Massachusetts
Jim Lindberg, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Generous project support is also provided by The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation.