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Historic Preservation E-News
May 2016
May is National Preservation Month
[Above] Winslow Homes, Leah Markowicz , 2016 Winner
Preservation Month Photo Contest Winners

The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission's annual Preservation Month Photo Contest was created in 2013 in honor of National Preservation Month, which is celebrated each May by preservation organizations across the country. Eighty-nine entries were received from 30 different photographers in the 2016 contest.

The Landmark Commission selected winners in each of three announced categories. They also acknowledged a set of photos submitted by Shaker resident Herb Ascherman in a special “Halle House Craftsmen” category, noting the series’ collective appeal as well as its celebration of historic preservation and renovation.     

Architecture & Building
First Place— Church , Paul Markowicz
Runner-Up— Fall Flower Boxes, Michael Anne Johnson  

Community
First Place— Winslow Homes, Leah Markowicz
Runner-Up— Van Aken District , Paul Markowicz  

Landscape & Nature
First Place— Horseshoe Lake Winter , Fiona Payne
Runner-Up— Bridge , Victor McDowell Jr.  

Halle House Craftsmen
Set of four photos by Herb Ascherman  

Congratulations to all! View the winning photos... 
May Classes and Workshops
Protect Your Home from Stormwater Flooding
Thursday, May 12, 7-8:30PM
Shaker Heights Main Library
16500 Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Heights  

Join Tori Mills of the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership to learn how to protect your home from stormwater flooding and even save some serious money on your sewer water bills. Free; reservations recommended. Learn more.  

Advanced Workshop: Repairing Wood with Abatron® Products
Tuesday, May 17, 7-9PM
Home Repair Resource Center Teaching Center
2520 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights
Enrollment limited to 15 participants  

Sometimes it makes more sense to repair rotted wood than to replace it.  In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use a 2-part epoxy and putty product to make permanent, paintable repairs to wood windows, columns, decks, doors, furniture, millwork, stairs, floors, antiques.  If you’re reluctant to replace wood, this is an easy, high quality solution. Workshop Fee: $40* (2 hours of hands-on instruction); advance registration required. Learn more.    

Shaker Heights Climate Change Taskforce: Building a Resilient City
Tuesday, May 17, 7-8:30PM
Shaker Heights Main Library
16500 Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Heights  

Questions about Shaker's recycling program? Tried the new app? Want to make your home and your city even "greener"? Join members of the Shaker Heights Climate Change Task Force for a discussion of Shaker's single-stream recycling program, a NOPEC program that generates electricity from 100% renewable source, and the new Empower-Shaker Energy Efficiency program. Free; reservations recommended. Learn more.  

21st Century Living in a 20th Century House
Thursday, May, 19, 7-8:30PM
Cleveland Heights Main Library
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights  

You love the historic nature of your house, but how can you “update” your home without ruining its character? What’s the difference between renovating, remodeling, and redecorating? The Home Repair Resource Center will explore these questions and offer some solutions. Part of the Heights Libraries Centennial Celebration. Free, reservations recommended.  

Advanced Workshop: Tuckpointing
Tuesday, May 24, 7-9PM
Home Repair Resource Center Teaching Center
2520 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights
Enrollment limited to 15 participants   

Learn how to replace crumbling or missing mortar in brick walls, steps, or chimneys.  Try your hand at using an angle grinder to remove mortar. Instructor: Briane Vagner, Vagner Masonry. Workshop Fee: $40* (2 hours of hands-on instruction); advance registration required. Learn more.  

*Shaker Heights residents receive a 25% discount through our partnership with the Home Repair Resource Center.
Homeowner Resources
The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission serves as an information source for residents. It maintains a list of contractors and manufacturers who specialize in historic roofing materials (slate, wood and tile), wood windows and stucco and masonry repair. View the Specialty Contractors List.  

In honor of the City's 2012 Centennial, the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission and the Shaker Heights Public Library collaborated on a project to help Shaker residents learn more about their homes, neighborhoods, and heritage. Look up your home today at www.HistoricShaker.com.  

Other resources are available on the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission webpage
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