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.

April 2018 Preservation News & Events
Redevelopment Opportunity: Historic Longfellow School & Site, Cleveland  
The Cleveland Restoration Society is fac ilitating the RFQ/RFP process to select a firm for the redevelopment of the historic Henry W. Longfellow School and property in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. In addition to the 50,000 SF school building, the opportunity also includes a three acre, clean development site located just south of the East 140th Street exit from the I-90/OH2 Shoreway.
The Longfellow school is a designated City of Cleveland Landmark and is eligible for Ohio Historic Preservation and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits.
Information about the building and site, along with the RFQ response requirements are included in the attached RFQ document. Additional information can also be viewed and downloaded from this Dropbox.
The deadline for RFQ responses is 5:00 pm on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Annual Celebration of Preservation Awards 
The Celebration of Preservation Awards is an annual event that honors the best in regional preservation awarded by the Cleveland Restoration Society and the American Institute of Architects Cleveland. Nominations for projects were compiled early 2018 and the jury process is now underway. The jurors will be visiting project sites to review quality, preservation standards, risk, innovation and community impact. These awards serve to educate and inspire, as well as raise the visibility of historic preservation.
This year's jury includes Cleveland Restoration Society representatives Hannah Belsito, Michael Cummins, Cynthia Druckenbrod, Tom Einhouse, Denise Huck and Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA. The American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee appointed Bill Eberhard AIA, historian Ken Goldberg, Sandra Madison, AIA and John Roush AIA to the jury panel.
Plan to join us for the Celebration of Preservation Awards and Reception at the Ohio Theatre on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Awards program begins at 5:30 pm followed by a festive reception in the Ohio Theatre lobby. Sponsorship and program advertising opportunities are now available.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Click here to become a sponsor or purchase an ad.  

SNOOP! College Club with Cleveland Restoration Staff

Join us on Saturday, May 12, for a CRS member tour of The College Club/Alexander House before preservation work begins. The historic Tudor Revival mansion and carriage house were designed by noted Cleveland architectural firm Meade & Garfield. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This former home of The College Club of Cleveland will soon be returned to its original residential use as WXZ Development, Inc. and Dimit Architects carefully create ten apartment homes in the mansion as well as four in the carriage house. This project represents the first Historic Preservation Tax Credit award in the city of Cleveland Heights.

CRS Members register here.

2018 Heritage Ohio Annual Awards Call for Nominations
Award Winning Dan Smith Community Park located in Kent
To nominate a a person, building, or project, simply complete this form and attach supporting documents and high-resolution photos (Limit 9.75 MB). 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 2018 Awards List.

All nominations must be received by July 15, 2018. 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 Heritage Ohio at 614-258-6200 or

Call for Papers: Alternative to the Present
The Cleveland Urban Design Collective (CUDC) and Kent State College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) are excited to host an interdisciplinary conference on the future of urban agendas. The "Alternatives to the Present" conference will take place November 1-2, 2018 in Cleveland. This call for papers seeks a wide array of projects, propositions, and disciplinary critique from the fields of architecture, planning, sociology, urban geography, and allied disciplines. The conference is in collaboration with The Architecture, Media, Politics, Society (AMPS) platform, which is an international nonprofit research organization.
Abstracts are due June 5, 2018 and registration opens July 1, 2018. Any questions should be directed to CUDC Senior Urban Designer Jeff Kruth.  
Revitalization Series Design Workshop in Marietta

Join Heritage Ohio in the beautiful riverfront community of Marietta, Ohio on April 18th for the second Revitalization Series workshop of 2018. They will have a great line up of design topics with a focus around the arts, the outdoors, and planning public spaces.

Click here to Register

HQ2 Cities: A Better Way to Do Economic Development

Photo courtesy of Seth Wenig
The allure is undeniable: A mega-corporation moves to town, bringing with it billions in capital investment and tens of thousands of jobs. Little wonder that the ongoing sweepstakes to win Amazon's second headquarters has inspired city and state officials to offer record-breaking economic incentive packages in the hopes of attracting the online giant. Chicago has offered $2 billion in tax breaks, including a tax diversion program which would redirect up to 100 percent of potential Amazon employees' income taxes back to the company.
Click here for the full article.

Historic Cleveland Cemetery Tour
Stroll among the historic monuments and spring plantings of Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery on this special "Tombs & Blooms" excursion co-hosted by the Oberlin Heritage Center and the Friends of Westwood Cemetery.  The guided walking tour takes place Friday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. and includes the James A. Garfield Monument, Wade Chapel, and stories of some of the historic people buried in the cemetery. Participants can drive themselves to the cemetery and meet at the Garfield Monument or sign up to carpool with others from Oberlin. Visit or call (440) 774-1700 to register.
Which Architectural Style are You?    

After the success of their first "Which Architectural Style Are You?" quiz, the National Trust is bringing you an all-new personality test that pairs you with one of five distinct historic architectural styles. Find out which style you're most like. (The Quiz determined I am Folk Victorian! Who knew?)



April 5
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Newburgh Heights Village Hall
3801 Harvard Ave., Newburgh Heights
6:00 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society
April 7
SNOOP! Cleveland Athletic Club
1118 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
10:00 a.m. - , FREE, Limited to CRS Members, FULL, Contact Stephanie Allen to be placed on a wait list
Cleveland Restoration Society

April 9
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Bay Village City Hall
350 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village
6:30 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society
April 14
18th Annual Home Remodeling Fair
Cleveland Heights City Hall
40 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., FREE, Info  
Home Repair Resource Center
April 17
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Bentleyville Village Hall
6253 Chagrin River Rd., Bentleyville
6:00 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society
April 18
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Cleveland Heights Community Center
1 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights
6:30 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society
April 19
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Heritage House
111 East Park St., Chardon
6:30 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society
April 22
Lost Cleveland Lecture by Laura DeMarco and Lauren Hansgen
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton Rd., Rocky River
1:30 p.m., FREE, RSVP to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or by April 17
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

April 25
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Brooklyn Senior Center
7727 Memphis Ave., Brooklyn
12:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society
April 25
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Ross DeJohn Community Center
6306 Marsol Rd., Mayfield Heights
6:30 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society
April 26
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Orange Village Hall
4600 Lander Rd., Orange
6:00 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society

April 30
Heritage Home Program Info Session
Warrensville Heights Library
4415 Northfield Rd., Warrensville Heights
6:00 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society

Save the Date

May 12
SNOOP! The College Club
2348 Overlook Rd., Cleveland Heights
10:00 a.m. - , FREE, Limited to CRS Members, Register Here
Cleveland Restoration Society

May 16
Arts Day & Governor's Awards for the Arts Luncheon
Columbus Athenaeum
32 N. 4th St., Columbus
12:00 p.m. - , $$$ Registration now available  
Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation

May 22
2018 Celebration of Preservation
Playhouse Square Ohio Theatre
1511 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
5:00 p.m.  - $$, Purchase Tickets
American Institute of Architects, Cleveland Restoration Society

May 25
WRAH Tour of The Kirtland Temple
The Kirtland Temple
7809 Joseph St., Kirtland
6:00 p.m. - , FREE, RSVP to Sarah Klann (216) 226-2820 or email by May 21
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

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