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. 
Do you know the history of the Village of Miles Heights? Watch this segment of Applause, the Emmy Award winning television show on  WVIZ/PBS ideastream® , which tells the history of the Village as Cleveland's black suburb. The piece features interviews from residents, CRS staff, and highlights about our book The Making of Cleveland’s Black Suburb in the City: Lee-Seville and Lee-Harvard.
JERRY MADDOX (1942-2019)
The Cleveland Restoration Society pays tribute to Jerry Maddox, a remarkable man who dedicated his life to providing affordable housing in historic buildings.

Jerry insisted that his realtor show him a house to buy on Newton Avenue. Newton Avenue was constructed by the Cleveland developer/builder Philip Marquard between 1910 and 1923. This short, one-way street originally had 23 houses on it; today there are 21. Jerry became passionately committed to Newton, not simply its preservation, but its culture and social cohesion. 

When two homes were lost on the street, Jerry resolved to buy houses as they became available to prevent further loss of the street fabric. But people are more important than buildings, and Jerry was dedicated to ensuring that his properties were occupied by good people at a very affordable rent. He worked hard to ensure that the culture and people of Newton Avenue could remain as the real estate values in the greater University Circle area rose. 

Jerry was instrumental in obtaining the designation of Newton as a Cleveland Historic District, thereby providing the best legal protection again demolition. Furthermore, he instigated the listing of Newton Avenue in the National Register of Historic Places, a high honor for this street.

This year marks the 110th year of the start of construction on Newton Avenue, its homes projecting the beauty and uniqueness that Jerry knew and appreciated. Because of Jerry’s foresight in involving the Cleveland Restoration Society with these homes after his demise, we are certain that the next 110 years will be as Jerry would have wanted. 
Eliza Bryant

This year the United States commemorates the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, providing an important opportunity to celebrate the place of women in American history.

The National Trust wants to tell the full history—to uncover and uplift women across the centuries whose vision, passion, and determination have shaped the country we are today.
The goal: discover 1,000 places connected to women’s history, and elevate their stories for everyone to learn and celebrate.

What places have you encountered where women made history? Submit a photo and a short description below.
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.
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
Keep up with the events of the Heritage Home Program. Information sessions across the county are being added each week. Contact Michaela Dawe for any questions.
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.

Friday, March 20th 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Is There Opportunity in Opportunity Zones?
Bonda Board Room (UR 254)
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Opportunity Zones are an economic development tool established by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 with the goal of creating long-term investments in impoverished areas. There are 320 designated Opportunity Zones in Ohio. Opportunity Zones provide tax incentives for investors to re-invest unrealized capital gains into funds that invest within the designated Opportunity Zone. US investors currently hold trillions of dollars in unrealized capital gains in stocks and mutual funds alone— a significant untapped resource for economic development. This new source of risk capital can seed new startups, accelerate business expansions, create jobs, increase and improve housing options, and revitalize distressed communities. 

But is there opportunity for all in Opportunity Zones? Our Economic Inclusion Roundtable will examine how Opportunity Zones can potentially spur economic development in distressed municipalities to advance inclusive economic growth. Click here to register.

Sunday, March 29th 11:00 am
Chicken Paprikash Dinner and Lenten Recital
St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Confession opportunity before Mass 9:30, Mass time at 11AM, Concert during and after Mass with performance by Nathanael Minor organist also featuring singing by guest Emőke Jártó-Kocsis soprano. To make reservations for the dinner, please call Shelly Kaman (440-773-1702) by March 26. The concert is free, but donations for the performers is most appreciated.