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. 
A Workshop for Church Trustees & Facilities Directors
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Trinity Commons at Trinity Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland  
6 pm to 8 pm
The Cleveland Restoration Society Sacred Landmarks Support Group was formed in 2014 to help stem the tide of deteriorating sacred landmarks through the introduction of technical assistance, planning and guidance.

In this free workshop for church Trustees and facilities managers, experts in architecture, roofing, masonry, stained glass, and other construction trades will give advice on:
  • Scheduling seasonal maintenance;
  • Important fire & safety improvements;
  • Energy efficiency;
  • And useable products and equipment. 

Discounted parking available behind Trinity Cathedral at 2307 Prospect Avenue for $3 
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Harvard Community Services Center
18240 Harvard Avenue, Cleveland  
2 pm
Come join us as we celebrate the publishing of our book  The Making of Cleveland's Black "Suburb in the City": Lee-Seville & Lee-Harvard.

This book, the first-ever published history of these neighborhoods, documents and celebrates a success story, a Cleveland case of Black community-building.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
Buy your copy today! Available for $19.99.

Our story starts just west of the intersection of Lee and Seville Roads, where a Black enclave took shape in the 1920s. By establishing a foothold in Cleveland’s far southeastern reaches, African Americans laid the successful groundwork for this vicinity to develop as a Black “suburb in the city.”

The Cleveland Restoration Society, a regional historic preservation non-profit, has worked for the past several years collecting community history, interviewing and filming residents of the neighborhood, and scouring archives and private collections for historical images that help tell the story of this remarkable place.
Thursday, October 17
The Van Aken District
6 pm to 8 pm
Join the Shaker Historical Society and the Cleveland Restoration Society in celebration of Shaker Heights Century Homes. So many are turning 100! Learn about architecture, restoration resources, including our Heritage Home Program, and how you can get a cool bronze plaque for your home.

Free to Shaker Heights residents. Cake and ice cream will be served also thanks to City of Shaker Heights and a grant from NOPEC!
Part of News 5 Cleveland's A Better Land series, the Cleveland Restoration Society's Sacred Landmarks Committee was recognized for our work with Hitchcock Center for Women. The Cleveland Restoration Society is proud to have played a role in helping the  Hitchcock Center for Women  change lives for the better by helping to preserve this sacred landmark. 

To read the article or watch the segment click below.
Interested in learning more about our Sacred Landmarks Committee? Click here.
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
LAINIE HADDEN (1930-2019)
Champion of Playhouse Square Lainie Hadden passed away last month. She is known partly for her involvement with saving the Playhouse Square theaters. The Junior League of Cleveland gave $25,000 to help start the Playhouse Square Association at the time that the Loews Ohio and State were threatened with demolition. Hadden was the League’s representative on the board of the Playhouse Square Association, and she was later President of that board.

We at the Cleveland Restoration Society reflect on Hadden’s impact on Cleveland. We are indebted to Hadden for her work in saving Playhouse Square

Click here to read about Lainie Hadden's philanthropy and wonderful life.
The City of Green is accepting proposals for the lease of the historic Hartong Farmstead through November 1, 2019. The city is looking for farming proposals that embrace the idea of returning the land to its original and historic use – a small scale agricultural farm. Applicants must demonstrate substantial knowledge of ecologically sustainable production and management practices and an understanding of what practices are best suited to this ecologically sensitive site. Built in 1883, the Hartong Farmstead is located within city-owned Southgate Park and is one of two properties in Green listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, November 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm .
For more information, please contact Sarah Haring, Community Development Administrator: or 330-896-6614.
Wednesday, October 23rd 6:30 pm
Oakwood Windows Presentation
Oakwood Community Center

For more information check out the Heritage Home Program's event calendar.
Saturday, October 12th • 1 :00 pm - 3:00 pm
Caring for Your Collections
Cleveland Digital Public Library, Third Floor of Main Library
Cleveland Public Library

Free Event! Calling all family and local historians! Calling all Octavofest participants! Bring a selection of your books, letters, photographs, and other print or archival materials to get expert advice on how to care for them. Librarians and local conservators will advise you about your items and provide instruction and guidance for scanning materials.

Tuesday, October 15th 1 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free Public Tour of Severance Hall
Severance Hall
Cleveland Orchestra

Regarded by many music-lovers as one of the world's most beautiful concert halls, Severance Hall is a true gem in the city of Cleveland. Incorporating some of the finest materials and most advanced features available at the time of its construction, there are hidden delights throughout the building.

Reservations are required; call our Ticket Office at 216-231-1111

For more information click here . Email for questions.

Tuesday, October 15th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Planning Your Rehab Project
Cleveland Heights Lee Road Library
Meeting Room B & Brody/Nelson Room
Cleveland Restoration Society

Are you planning a rehab project at your home? This program will teach you how to plan for the project, how to choose the right contractor for the job, and what to look for when reviewing bids. No registration required. 2345 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 19th 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
A Haunted Evening at the Armory
Cleveland Grays Armory Museum
Cleveland Grays Armory

A Haunted Evening at the Armory includes Haunted Armory Tales & Civil War Ghost Stories by Paul Goebbel. The Landmark 1890s Armory club rooms will be open for exploration. Admission includes light appetizers, 1 drink ticket, a Victorian Funeral, club room access, & a special Wurlitzer organ prelude by the Western Reserve Theatrical Organ Society!

Adults 21 & Over Only. Tickets Limited. Purchase here.

Sunday, October 20th 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Cleveland Civil War Connections Tour
Merwin's Warf, 1785 Merwin Avenue (In the Flats)
Woodland Cemetery Foundation

The bus tour will include the Sanitary Commission Building, St. John's Church, Camp Cleveland, Woodland Cemetery, Lincoln Park, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Old Stone Church, Cleveland Gray's Armory, among other sites. First 2 tickets are $35 each, then each additional ticket is $30, tickets must be purchased together. Pay by check or via PayPal.

For more information contact Paul Siedel or call 216-961-6033.

Click here to download the form or purchase tickets online.

Sunday, October 20th 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm
Undesign the Redline Trolley Tours
Trinity Cathedral

Join us for a free guided Lolly the Trolley tour (1PM or 2:30PM) of nearby Cleveland neighborhoods affected by redlining. We also suggest making plans to view the exhibit before or after the trolley ride for the full perspective .

Email to reserve your seat on the city tour with a guide from our community partner Campus District, Inc. Click here for more information.

Monday, October 21st - Wednesday, October 23rd
2019 Annual Conference
The DoubleTree Hotel Newark
Heritage Ohio

Join Heritage Ohio for their Annual Conference in Newark, Ohio for 2 days of keynotes, workshops, and networking. The leaders of preservation and revitalization will provide you with an exciting and educational set of sessions, bringing back many of our most popular sessions and adding in some highly requested topics!

For more information about the conference, sessions, and to register online click here .

Thursday, October 24th 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Market After Dark
West Side Market
Hunger Network

Enjoy artisanal food, craft brews, and live music all the while fighting hunger and food waste in Cleveland! In partnership with the West Side Market Tenants Association, the Hunger Network is excited to announce this one-of-a-kind event at Cleveland’s iconic West Side Market featuring 20+ local restaurants and breweries, live music, and demos from Cleveland’s best chefs.

Grab a passport and travel through the market for a taste of Cleveland! Whether you enjoy meaty dishes or are a vegetarian, prefer bright hoppy beer or want to stay smooth, we will have a little something for everyone! Discover new dishes, learn about brewing, and find your local favorites. Fill out your entire passport and you’ll be entered to win an amazing raffle prize!

For more information about this event, click here or to buy tickets purchase here .