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. 
New issue of Facade coming soon for CRS members!
Did you forget to renew your membership with the Cleveland Restoration Society? It’s not too late! If you join THIS WEEK, you will receive our fall issue of Facade, coming to our members’ mailboxes soon!

Published since 1972, each Facade issue spotlights significant preservation projects across the region and captures the stories of the people and places that contribute to our cultural heritage.
Advertise your business in Facade
Facade magazine is the voice of historic preservation in Northeast Ohio. Compelling narratives and stunning photographs capture the stories of the people and places that contribute to our cultural heritage. The biannual publication details the projects that are underway to help preserve our architectural fabric and celebrate the history of our legacy city.

Advertising opportunities are now available for the Spring 2022 issue of Facade. Your advertisement will reach nearly 1,000 subscribers and prospective clients who care about historic preservation, including members of the Cleveland Restoration Society, Heritage Home Program participants, and corporate, cultural and non-profit community partners.

The deadline to submit ads for the Spring 2022 issue of Facade is March 28th. Please send your inquiries and artwork (full color, high resolution PDF or JPEG) to Margaret Lann at
Check out our Heritage Home Program spring events
Our Heritage Home Program's virtual and in-person informational presentations are back!

Click the links below for more information about one of our upcoming presentations. Registration is required for all Heritage Home Program virtual events.
Robert C. Gaede, champion for Ohio architectural preservation and co-founder of Cleveland Restoration Society
Bob Gaede, his daughter Gretchen, and wife Jean
Bob Gaede was a leading voice for historic preservation in Cleveland and across the country during his lifetime. He was a co-founder of the Cleveland Restoration Society, a president of the Board of Trustees and, eventually, an Honorary Life Trustee. He served as the founding editor of Facade, CRS's printed magazine, for twenty-five years, and was the vision and convening voice of preservation in Cleveland.
His legacy still continues to influence and inspire us. He has greatly shaped CRS's 50-year history. Click the button below to read Tom Matowitz's article about Bob Gaede.
On a “forgotten part” of Buckeye Road, St. Elizabeth of Hungary is keeping the faith
Kathleen H. Crowther, President of the Cleveland Restoration Society, was recently featured in The Land's article about the Opportunity Corridor and the outreach and preservation of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

Crowther said it’s important that St. Elizabeth has stayed and invested in the church. “They could have left,” she said. “They could have closed and gone somewhere else. They stayed. Now we have an opportunity to go there. This is the way for us to learn about each other.”
Cleveland Arts Prize applications are open
The Cleveland Arts Prize (CAP) was established by the Women’s City Club in 1960, and continues today as the nation’s oldest municipal arts award and an ongoing platform for celebrating Northeast Ohio’s exceptional arts community. In its earliest years, the group commissioned the Arts Prize medal, launched a scholarship program and established an endowment that secured the annual awarding of prizes.

2021 introduced the most significant change to the discipline prizes in CAP’s history. The 60 year nomination process is now open to applications. This change is an important step in making CAP more accessible and inclusive, and provides a greater opportunity for our jurors to discover new talent.

Discipline award applications are due May 1. Special prize nominations are due June 1.
Travel where women made history
In celebration of Women's History Month, explore the National Park Service's Travel Where Women Made History website. The website introduces travelers and arm-chair travelers to a wide range of historic places associated with women’s history with all the sites in national parks or are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ohio History Fund: Support history in your community
The deadline for filing returns is April 18. What does that have to do with Ohio history? Tax season is also your time to support the Ohio History Fund, a statewide competitive matching grant program for local history projects.
To help raise funds for grant awards, contribute a part of your state income tax refund to the Ohio History Fund, line 26b on your Ohio IT1040 return. More than 11,000 tax filers helped last year and the average donation was between $11-$12. Because of those donations and help from other sources, we have more than $207,000 to grant this year. We'll announce grant recipients at our Statehood Day event, on March 1.
Events calendar
Wednesday, March 9th • 12:00 -1:30 PM
Women in Construction Week Panel Virtual
Online event
Construction Employers Association

National Women in Construction Week is March 6-12, 2022. The focus of Women in Construction (WIC) Week is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. Join CEA and NAWIC Cleveland for panel discussion and lunch, featuring women in the industry in different stages of their careers. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 with welcome remarks from Glen Shumate and Proclamation by Stephanie Howse, Cleveland City Councilwoman. 

Monday, March 14th 9:30-11:00 AM
Celebrating Absence/ Creating Presence at CWRU & in Cleveland
Health Education Campus Room 119
(Entrance on 93rd St.)
Monument Lab (Philadelphia), the Department of Art History & Art at Case Western Reserve University & the Cleveland Museum of Art

On March 14, between 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., the CWRU/CMA team plans to facilitate another discussion about place and memory, monuments and power, and the past and the future of “statements of power and presence in public” (Monument Lab’s definition of a monument), as they relate to Cleveland. This is the first of several conversations designed to build towards a larger group event at the December 2022 Keithley Symposium. Please join us to share your current ideas, collaborations, and upcoming programs to enhance the critical consideration of monuments in Cleveland. We recognize that many institutions, community groups, and citizens in the Cleveland area have been working for years and sometimes decades to improve the monumental landscape of the city and the lives of its citizens and visitors. This is an opportunity to share what you’ve learned, to build new collaborative networks, and to initiate an interorganizational program calendar to build city-wide awareness and broad audiences together over the next year and hopefully beyond. We look forward to working with you!

Sunday, March 20th • 2:00 PM
Blackstone Residence Pipe Organ
The Blackstone Residence, 9721 Lakeshore Blvd. Bratenahl
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

In 2014 architect Richard Fleischman completed a nearly 10-year project for Dr. and Mrs. Blackstone. The challenge was to create a private residence with a concert hall for a vintage Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. The structure had to accommodate 7,400+ pipes and console and had to have acoustic treatments to maximize the aural capabilities of the instrument. The 9,000- square-foot structure's exterior walls are constructed of steel I-Beams and plate glass. No solid walls obstruct views in the concert hall. One looks up to a skylight roof 43 feet overhead, and outwards to grassland and Lake Erie. Inside, copper colored organ pipes are grouped in sculptural configurations. Special paints, curved surfaces, and wide spatial dimensions accommodate long sound waves and heighten reverberations. Following a tour and comments by Dr. Blackstone, students from Cleveland Institute of Music will play the organ for us. COVID-19 Restriction: Masks required.

Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or email by Monday, March 14. Click here for more information.

Monday, March 21st - Tuesday, March 22nd
Positioning: Erich Mendelsohn and the Built Heritage of the 20th Century
Online Event
ICOMOS Germany, ICOMOS Israel and Architektenkammer Berlin 

A symposium will be held on March 21st / 22nd to mark Erich Mendelsohn's 135th birthday. In identifying the potential of the Oeuvre of Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953) for a UNESCO World Heritage transnational serial nomination, we invite papers that offer new perspectives on his life, his architecture, and their influence, and on strategies for such a nomination. We are particularly interested in exploring Mendelsohn´s cosmopolitan approach to modernity. We seek reflections on his global impact, as well as on the theoretical positions and technical innovations in which it was rooted.

The event will take place in attendance as well as online, registration is required in any case. Conference language is English. Register here.

Wednesday, March 23rd • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Gender Microaggressions: How Women Can Ally for Each Other
950 Keynote Circle, Suite 10, Cleveland, OH 44131-1802
Construction Employers Association

Everyday sexism and racism can be subtle or explicit, intentional or unintentional. Called microaggressions, they signal disrespect and have a negative impact on women and companies. Their impact is cumulative, having adverse effects on careers, physical health and mental health.

All are welcome to participate in this critical conversation on March 23 at CEA. Register here.

Friday, March 25th • 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Dinner with a Slice of History Researching Black Women in Aviation: Barriers & Breakthroughs
1501 N Marginal Rd, Cleveland, OH 44114
International Women's Air & Space Museum

Join the International Women’s Air & Space Museum as we welcome U.S. Air Force (ret.) pilot and cultural historian Monica Smith as we share the remarkable stories of African American female pilots of the 20th century.

Tuesday, April 26th • 7:00 -8:00 PM
Preservation is Sustainable
Online event
Cleveland Restoration Society & Heights Libraries

According to architect Carl Elefante, "the greenest building is the one that is already built." Attendees will learn about how reusing our existing building stock can fight climate change, and promote sustainable, resilient and livable communities.

Zoom Meeting ID 874 1701 4450. Click here for more information.

Sunday, April 30th • 1:00 PM
Maltz Performing Arts Center Phase II
1855 Ansel Rd. at the intersection with E.105th St. Cleveland
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

Phase II of the Maltz Performing Arts Center was created through partnerships between Case Western Reserve University, Temple Tifereth Israel and likeminded philanthropic leaders. This new addition provides a state-of-the-art home for CWRU's Dept. of Theater and its renowned Masters in Fine Arts Acting Program, plus an important partnership with the Cleveland Playhouse. The new Phase II additions are: a Black Box Theater, the Proscenium Theater seating 250 and the Grand Atrium Foyer and Café. New backstage areas include practice rooms, costume and scene shops. These additions enhance the reputation of the performing arts at the University. Phase I Silver Hall will also be included in the tour.

Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226 2820 or email by Friday, April 22. Click here for more information.
Support is provided through grants from the African American Civil Rights grant program as administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Catherine L. & Edward A. Lozick Foundation, Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.