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.

October 2017 Preservation News & Events
Sacred Landmarks Benefit

You are invited to join us in our effort to protect and preserve Cleveland's sacred landmarks at the 2017 Cleveland Restoration Society Benefit on Saturday, November 4th at Trinity Cathedral. One of the first American late Gothic Revival buildings, Trinity is considered by many to be Charles Sweinfurth's masterpiece. Join us for a wine tasting and docent led tours followed by an elegant seated dinner in the Trinity Cathedral nave.
The CRS Sacred Landmarks initiative has assisted countless religious congregations in Northeast Ohio with care of their properties, allowing them to fill the spiritual and social needs of their communities. The Sacred Landmarks Benefit will highlight Cleveland congregations that have invested in restoration of their historic structures, in turn preserving regional ethnic and religious history.
Denk Associates



 Contact Stephanie Allen  216-426-3106, for more information. 

Shining a Spotlight on Lee-Harvard: Upcoming Events
In collaboration with Councilman Terrell Pruitt and the Harvard Community Services Center, the Cleveland Restoration Society is pleased to present two community events that explore the cultural heritage of Ward 1. The history of Lee-Harvard is now being written - and you can participate in its scripting! This series will highlight our collaborative effort to preserve community stories and images to document this important area of Cleveland and the folks who have called it home. The following events are free and open to the public.
Telling Our Story
October 29, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at Lee Road Baptist Church, 3970 Lee Rd., Cleveland.
Some residents came to Lee Harvard as part of the Great Migration of African Americans to America's industrial cities; others built or bought homes in pursuit of the American dream; and others were born here. How did you come to live in Lee-Harvard? What stories do you have to share? Dr. Todd M. Michney, Ph.D., and the author of Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) will lead attendees in sharing their stories, which will be archived as part of the Cleveland Memory Project and the Cleveland Public Library Digital Collection.  
Illustrating Our Story
December 2, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Ave., Cleveland.
In this community meeting, participants can have their personal photographic images and memorabilia related to building, buying and living in Lee-Harvard digitized. Items will be returned with a thumb drive containing digital copies. The images will also be available to the public through the Cleveland Public Library digital collection and the Cleveland Memory Project of the Cleveland State University, helping to build and promote the history of this important neighborhood.  

Republican Tax Reform Framework Released: Immediate Advocacy Needed on Behalf of the HTC
As anticipated, Republican leadership released a tax reform framework intended to guide House and Senate tax writing committees in their drafting of tax reform legislation.
The framework does not explicitly preserve the historic tax credit and envisions that most business tax credits will be repealed in order to achieve a 20% corporate tax rate. Only the Affordable Housing Tax Credit and the Research and Development Tax Credit were included in the release, and all other credits will have to fight their way into tax reform bills. Without a federal historic tax credit, the historic fabric of our urban centers, Main Street commercial districts, and small towns nationwide, face a much greater risk of economic obsolescence and not being revitalized. Urge your Congressional delegation to vocalize support to Congressional Leadership, House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees with the message that the HTC is important to the economic redevelopment efforts in your state and district. The need for tax reform is clear, but it must not come at the expense of this important economic redevelopment incentive, that more than pays for itself, and has a proven track record of creating jobs, saving historic buildings, and revitalizing neighborhoods.
Requested Action:
Contact House and Senate Members of Congress ASAP- Call (during office hours) the offices of your Members of Congress. Ask to speak to tax staff, your staff contacts in offices or ask for email addresses of tax staff.
A suggested outline of your message:
  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Say "I have been hearing about tax reform and I wanted to check in to see how the HTC is fairing. I am extremely concerned that is was not specifically mentioned in the tax reform framework."
  3. Explain why you value Historic Tax Credits, and that the redevelopment of historic buildings will not get done without the HTC.
  4. Let them know some previous and potential future HTC projects in your state/district (Link to State HTC Map and Project List below)
  5. Touch on why these buildings are so challenging
  6. Ask.... "As tax reform moves forward, will Rep./Sen. XXX vocalize support and work to protect the historic tax credit with Congressional Leadership and the tax writing committees?"
Please share responses from congressional offices with Michael Phillips from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to aid their efforts.
Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program Policy Update
The State Office released policy changes that apply to the certification of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Projects. Sections 8.3 and 8.4 of the program policies have been updated as follows:
Section 8.3: Upon initial receipt of a certification request from the Applicant, ODSA will issue a written communication within 30 calendar days either containing a certification determination or a request for additional information. If additional information is requested, the Applicant will have 90 calendar days to respond to the request.
Section 8.4:  For projects approved in Round 19 (December 2017) and thereafter, the effective date of the tax credit certificate will be the date the certificate is signed by the Director. For projects approved in Round 18 (June 2017) or before, the Director may use the date in which the request for certification was filed as the effective date of the certificate as long as all required information and approvals are received for the Project within 90 calendar days of a request for additional information from ODSA. If all required materials are not received within 90 calendar days of a request for additional information from ODSA, the applicant will be required to submit a new request for certification.
The new policies are effective immediately.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Brownell (614) 752-2345.

Preserving Ohio's Place in the Civil Rights Movement Symposium
The State Historic Preservation Office has been awarded a grant from the National Park Service under the new African American Civil Rights Grant Program . Ohio's grant award will be used to identify historic properties associated with the African American Civil Rights Movement in Ohio with the ultimate goal of creating a historic overview on the subject that facilities the nomination of significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places . The kick-off event for the project is an information-gathering symposium to be held on Saturday, October 21, from 1-5 p.m., at Shiloh Baptist Church, 720 Mount Vernon Ave., Columbus.
The symposium will bring together a statewide group to discuss the history and significance of the civil rights movement and identify broad themes associated with African American efforts to achieve civil rights from the early 1900s through the 1960s. The group will identify important individuals and groups along with communities, properties and neighborhoods associated with the themes in Ohio. Symposium participants will continue to provide input to the State Historic Preservation Office throughout and following the project as the office works to encourage nominating civil rights-associated properties to the National Register. The symposium is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated. Click here to register.
For more information contact Barbara Powers at 614-298-2000.   

CRS Staff News

We welcome Debra Gulick as our new Business and Accounting Manager to CRS! Debra brings over 20 years of business management experience to the organization, from the Ozanne Construction Company to the Chartwell Group. She is experienced in working with real estate accounts and will be handling the audits and financial reporting for CRS. Welcome to the team Deb!
We also congratulate Margaret Lann, who has been our Heritage Home Program Manager, on her new position of Manager of Development and Publications. Margaret holds a Masters in Historic Preservation and was a core component of the Heritage Home Program over the last four years. As the Manager of Development and Publications, she will oversee grant proposals and grant reports, and serve as editor of our preservation publication, Fa├žade.

Downtown Cleveland Celebrates Milestone of 15,000 Residents
This year, Downtown Cleveland is welcoming more than 1,000 units of housing to the market, increasing its population to more than 15,000 residents. With over 95,000 jobs and 15,000 residents, Downtown Cleveland is the largest central business district in the State of Ohio in terms of employment and population. Growing the downtown population to 15,000 required vision and collaboration among neighborhood, civic, business, and public leaders. The seeds of this year's milestone were first planted in the 1980s when the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation formed to take advantage of the recently enacted federal historic tax credit program. This made the Warehouse District a pioneer for the adaptive reuse of historic buildings in Cleveland.
6 Places Where Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians All Share the Road as Equals
Credit: SVR Design

If you aren't a traffic engineer or an urban planner, the word woonerf probably looks like a typo, or maybe the Twitter handle of whoever runs marketing for Nerf (woo!). But you might want to get familiar with the term-Dutch for "living street"-because the urban design concepts it embraces are on the rise. A woonerf is a street or square where cars, pedestrians, cyclists, and other local residents travel together without traditional safety infrastructure to guide them. Also sometimes called a "shared street," a woonerf is generally free of traffic lights, stop signs, curbs, painted lines, and the like. The basic idea is that once these controls are stripped away, everyone is forced to become more alert and ultimately more cooperative. Through less restraint comes greater focus.  

Surrogate Suburbs Now on Sale

UNC Press is pleased to announce a sale on the publication of Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980 by the academic advisor to CRS on the Ward 1 Project, Dr. Todd M. Michney. The story of white flight and the neglect of black urban neighborhoods has been well told by urban historians in recent decades. Yet much of this scholarship has downplayed black agency and tended to portray African Americans as victims of structural forces beyond their control. In this history of Cleveland's black middle class, Todd Michney uncovers the creative ways that members of this nascent community established footholds in areas outside the overcrowded, inner-city neighborhoods to which most African Americans were consigned. In asserting their right to these outer-city spaces, African Americans appealed to city officials, allied with politically progressive whites (notably Jewish activists), and relied upon both black and white developers and real estate agents to expand these "surrogate suburbs" and maintain their livability until the bona fide suburbs became more accessible. Purchase Surrogate Suburbs for 40% off when you use code 01DAH40 for a limited time. 


Now - October 22
Exhibit: "Cap OFF - Art ON" by John-Taylor Lehman
The Jack and Linda Lissauer Gallery, Shaker Historical Society
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
Shaker Historical Society 

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

October 8
Ghost Stream Bicycle Ride, Featuring Dugway Brook
Coventry Library
1925 Coventry Rd. #2, Cleveland Heights
1:00 - 3:00 p.m., FREE, RSVP Required (216) 325-7781
Heights Libraries
October 8
Bike Shaker Tour: Munroe Copper
Shaker Historical Society
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., $$$, RSVP Required (216) 921-1201
Shaker Historical Society

October 9
Designing an Appropriate Addition for an Old House
Noble Library
2800 Noble Rd., Cleveland Heights
7:00 - 8:00 p.m., FREE
Heights Library, Cleveland Restoration Society & City of Cleveland Heights

October 11
Shaker Dig 3: Show and Tell
Shaker Historical Museum
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
6:30 - 9:00 p.m., FREE for SHS Members, General Admission $5, RSVP  
(216) 921-1201
Shaker Historical Society

October 12
Be There or Be Square: Heritage Center Hosts Evening of Film, Fun and Frivolity
Apollo Theatre
19 East College St., Oberlin
7:00 - 10:00 p.m., $$, Tickets 
Oberlin Heritage Center

October 15
Cleveland's Millionaires' Row and the Van Sweringen Brothers by Daniel Ruminski
Private Tour to follow Talk
3450 Roundwood Rd. , Hunting Valley
2:00 p.m., $$ RSVP Required, (440) 951-1323
Gates Mills Historical Society, Cleveland Restoration Society, Hunting Valley Historical Society
October 15
Founder's Day and Century Home Birthday Party
Shaker Historical Society
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., FREE for residents of Shaker Heights, Shaker Square, Cleveland Heights, and Gates Mills, RSVP by October 13 (216) 901-1201
Shaker Historical Society & The Coral Company

October 16-18
Heritage Ohio Annual Conference
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Columbus
October 17
McMansion Hell: LIVE
Ohio State House
78 S. High Street, Columbus
8:00 - 9:30 p.m., $$ Register by Oct. 13  
Young Ohio Preservationists
October 18
Heritage Home Program Workshop - Recently Historic: Homes of the 1950s and 1960s
Barlow Community Center
41 S Oviatt St, Hudson 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society 
October 19
Universities, Cities and Urban Higher Education in America: Feat. Steven J. Diner, Rutgers University
Robert Steinbacher Atrium
1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., FREE, Register  
Levin College Forum Program
October 22
Bike Shaker Tour: Tudor Architecture
Shaker Historical Society
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., $$, RSVP Required (216) 921-1201
Shaker Historical Society

October 24
Designing an Appropriate Addition for an Old House
Heights Main Library
2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights
7:00 - 8:00 p.m., FREE
Heights Library, Cleveland Restoration Society & City of Cleveland Heights

October 25
Diversity in Cleveland Heights: Panel Discussion
Heights Main Library
2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., FREE
Heights Libraries

October 26
City Planning in Cleveland: Fifty Years Since Carl Stokes
Robert Steinbacher Atrium
1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., FREE
Levin College Forum

October 26-29
17th National Conference on Planning History
Westin Cleveland Downtown, Cleveland
$$$, Register
Society for American City and Regional Planning History

Levin College Forum & Ohio Fair Lending  
October 29
Shining a Light on Lee-Harvard: Telling Our Story
Lee Road Baptist Church
3970 Lee Rd., Cleveland
3:00 - 4:00 p.m., FREE, Register
Cleveland Restoration Society 

Save the Date
November 1
The Urban Forest in American's Cities: Connecting People and Nature
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., FREE
Levin College Forum
November 1 
Heritage Home Program Workshop - Planning an Addition 
Barlow Community Center
41 S Oviatt St, Hudson 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society 
November 4
2017 Benefit for Sacred Landmarks
Trinity Cathedral
2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
5:00 - 9:00 p.m., $$, Sponsorships, Tickets , and Program Ads Now Available
Cleveland Restoration Society 
November 5
WRAH Tour of The Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant
Administration Building, Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant
14021 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland
1:30 - 3:00 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann (216) 226-2820 by October 31
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

November 14-17
PastForward National Preservation Conference
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
National Trust for Historic Preservation
November 18
WRAH Lecture: The Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-1937
Special Collections Department, Main Branch, Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Ave., Cleveland
1:30 - 3:00 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann (216) 226-2820 by November 13
Western Reserve Architectural Historians
December 2
Shining a Spotlight on Lee-Harvard: Illustrating Our Story
Harvard Community Services Center
18240 Harvard Ave., Cleveland
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., FREE, Register
Cleveland Restoration Society 

Job Christiansen, editor | Cleveland Restoration Society | 216-426-1000 |