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. 
Our Spring 2020 Issue is here!

Members will receive their copy of Facade in the coming weeks.

This 39-page magazine will cover our programs and accomplishments and features articles about a wide array of preservation issues and successes. Our cover story will be about the Dall-Mays houses.

It’s not too late to join and receive our award-winning journal.
Even though the Cleveland Restoration Society's Heritage Home Program cannot hold our information sessions in person, we can still present them to interested homeowners!

Join us to learn more about the Heritage Home Program and the services we provide! Our staff will be available to answer any of your questions about the program.

Virtual information sessions will be held:

Tuesday, May 12th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 13th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, May 14th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, May 18th, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday, May 21st, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
To register, 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.
Go to for more information.
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to our 2020 Annual Fund.

CRS is working hard to navigate the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Your gift will help us continue our work to save historic buildings, revitalize neighborhoods, and promote cultural heritage.

There is still time to make a difference. Just click the link below.

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.
Friday, September 11th, 2020
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Keynote Speaker  John G. Morikis
Chairman & CEO of Sherwin-Williams
The Community Luncheon previously scheduled for March 26th is now rescheduled for  Friday, September 11th, 2020.  The venue, The Westin Cleveland Downtown, remains the same

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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The Newburgh Masonic Temple is a City of Cleveland local landmark and a contributing structure to the Miles Park Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by architect William J. Carter, the temple was constructed in 1917, and features a robust design typical of period Masonic structures. A recent walk through of the building with a structural engineer determined that, in general, the building is in good condition and can be investigated for renovation and re-use. While this magnificent building retains structural integrity, it is facing continued deterioration following prolonged vacancy, and a pending foreclosure. Presently, there is an opportunity for a new visionary to obtain the building at a low acquisition cost. Cleveland Restoration Society and local community development partners are issuing a call to advocacy, and invite interested development partners to further discuss opportunities for this treasured asset, ready for new life.

To learn more please contact Joe Duffy, Real Estate Development Director at Union Miles Development Corporation or 216-341-0757.
Click below to see more images, learn more about the history of this building and read more about this development opportunity.
May is Preservation Month!

All month long, we'll be celebrating the buildings that bring meaning to Northeast Ohio and our work preserving the places we love. We hope you will celebrate with us.

Make sure to check out our architectural scavenger hunt series! We will be sharing one every Wednesday and Friday in May on our Facebook and Instagram .

Share your photos with us and tag the Cleveland Restoration Society!
Have you read The Making of Cleveland’s Black Suburb in the City ? Did that leave you wanting to learn more about Cleveland’s neighborhoods, historic preservation, urban planning or local history? Check out our Cleveland Restoration Society staff picks for more great reads. And, if you have not yet read the story of how Lee-Seville and Lee-Harvard developed to become Cleveland’s black suburb in the city, be sure to order your copy today
A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia McAlester
Concentrating not on rare landmarks but on typical dwellings in ordinary neighborhoods all across the United States -- houses built over the past three hundred years and lived in by Americans of every social and economic background -- the book provides you with the facts (and frame of reference) that will enable you to look in a fresh way at the houses you constantly see around you. It tells you -- and shows you in more than 1,200 illustrations -- what you need to know in order to be able to recognize the several distinct architectural styles and to understand their historical significance. What does that cornice mean? Or that porch? That door? When was this house built? What does its style say about the people who built it? You'll find the answers to such questions here.

Why we liked this book: It is essential reading for all historic preservationists! The great Virginia McAlester passed on April 9th at the age of 76. We at the Cleveland Restoration Society reflect on McAlester’s impact on preservation. We are indebted to McAlester for her work saving precious historic places. We use this guide constantly to identify residential architecture and will continue to remember her legacy.

Cleveland Restoration Society Staff
Lost Cleveland by Laura DeMarco
Organized chronologically, starting with the earliest losses and ending with the latest, this book features much-loved Cleveland institutions that have been consigned to history. Losses include: City Hall, Diebolt Brewing Co., Luna Park, Sheriff Street Market, Hotel Winton, League Park, Union Depot, Hotel Allerton, Leo’s Casino, Cleveland Arena, Bond Store, The Hippodrome, Cuyahoga and Williamson buildings, Record Rendezvous, Standard Theatre, Hough Bakery, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Memphis Drive-In, and Parmatown Mall.

Why I liked this book: The photos of lost buildings, truly tell the story of Cleveland during the time they were built. It is fascinating to see how our streets have evolved. This tribute to Cleveland's past buildings, although sad at times, is a reminder of the importance of preserving Cleveland's built landscape around us.

Katie Leskowitz, Development & Marketing Assistant
99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. And remember:  always read the plaque !

Why I liked this podcast: 99% Invisible is my favorite podcast! It truly makes you look at the small design details in the world around you. This podcast is a must listen to any architecture nerd and has a long catalog of episodes. Curious about the origin of the  Sears Modern Homes Program , which offered complete mail-order houses? Want to know about Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia? You are bound to learn something new and interesting.

Katie Leskowitz, Development & Marketing Assistant
The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans (PRC) was founded in 1974 to promote the preservation of New Orleans’ historic architecture by expanding the constituency that understands the economic, cultural and aesthetic importance of historic preservation, and by involving citizens in preservation projects and services that enhance living in New Orleans.

Why I liked this account: I can confidently say that most of our Perspectives readers are fans of historic architecture. They do a lot of great work for their local community, but one of my favorite aspects of the PRC is their Instagram feed. Give them a follow to check out the beautiful historic architecture, which includes a mixture of both national housing styles and some styles indigenous to Louisiana. Their website even includes neighborhood guides providing background on national and local historic districts in the city for those of us wishing to do a bit of armchair traveling. The City of New Orleans celebrated its 300 th birthday in 2018, which means there is plenty of history and historic architecture to go around. 

—Abigail Enicke, Heritage Home Program SM Associate
Lache pas les langues de la Louisiana S tory by Jonathan Olivier | Photographs by Rory Doyle
Decades ago, state laws and socio-economic pressures almost eradicated the heritage languages of Louisiana French and Creole, known in south Louisiana parishes as Kouri-Vini. But today, through education, art, music, and food, locals are working to keep the languages alive and nurture a new generation of local French and Kouri-Vini speakers. Jonathan Olivier, a journalist who grew up there and now works the land as a farmer, ponders what’s in store for his culturally distinct region of the South.

Why I liked this article: Don’t let the title scare you! You won’t have to know French to read the article. It too follows the theme of preservation—preservation of language and cultural knowledge—that many outside of south Louisiana aren’t aware of. I will admit that I am from one of the small towns mentioned in this article so this is of particular special interest to me. My grandparents' native language was Louisiana French, which wasn’t passed on to my parents or siblings. This article highlights some of the preservation efforts to save my own language as well as the other indigenous south Louisiana languages. It ends with hope for these languages’ future, which is comforting to read especially in these uncertain times. 

—Abigail Enicke, Heritage Home Program SM Associate
This May, Preservation Month is going virtual.

Even though many historic places are physically closed right now, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is opening a window to a world of adventure online. Each day will unlock new experiences, allowing you to step out while you stay in. You’ll be able to wander the rooms of iconic houses, roam wide-open spaces, and peek behind the scenes at some of your favorite historic sites—all at your own pace.

Sign up today to receive daily reminders or weekly roundups from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to unlocked opportunities.
To nominate a person, building, or project, complete a nomination form and attach supporting documents and high-resolution photos. If your documents or photos are large files, please email them to   with the name of the nomination in the title of the email. To view a detailed description of the awards categories, view the  2020 Awards List .

All nominations must be received by  June 15, 2020 . Nominations that do not follow the formatting provided in the form and incomplete entries will NOT be accepted.

Not sure if your nomination fits a category? Contact us at 614-258-6200 or  and we will be happy to discuss the nomination with you.
Tuesday, May 12th • 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm
Community Conversation: Public Space + Connection
Neighborhood Connections

How are you socially connecting while physically distancing? Have you been able to get out to take care of yourself physically and mentally? What are your go to spots? Join in for an interactive Zoom Community Conversation with Neighbor Up members about public space use and staying connected digitally during COVID-19.

We will hear from park and digital space experts, including:
Adam King, Digital C,
Stephen Love, The Cleveland Foundation,
Shanelle Smith Whigham, The Trust for Public Land
David Wilson, Land Studio

...and then turn the conversation over to YOU as the experts of your neighborhood to image what our future spaces could look like!

Wednesday, May 20th 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
An Introduction to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
Heritage Ohio

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation consist of a set of 10 common-sense guidelines that we use to guide proper rehabilitation techniques and processes. But how do you judge when a building element can be repaired, versus having to be replaced? How do you handle later alterations to a building? What if your building is missing historic features? Nathan Bevil from the  State Historic Preservation Office  will be joining us to shed light on how the Standards help preservation professionals guide their decision-making process, insuring a historic building can function in a modern environment while maintaining its historic integrity.

Thursday, May 28th 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Communicating and Fundraising for Preservation in a Time of Uncertainty
Preservation Leadership Forum

In response to the public health and economic challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, Congress has passed four funding packages, and is currently working on additional legislative responses in the weeks or months to come. Preservationists need to get involved in these discussions – from ways to support America’s Main Streets to using revitalization as a proven method for stimulating job creation and local economies.

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