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.

August 2018 Preservation News & Events
Take Action Now on FY19 House Bill for Increased Funding
Join preservationists across the country to secure additional funds for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The Senate is currently debating  H.R 6147  , a minibus appropriations bill that includes the FY19 Senate Interior Appropriations bill. Urge your Senators to support an amendment being offered by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) to H.R 6147, that would increase the Historic Preservation Fund by $8 million, restoring the HPF to fiscal year 2018 enacted levels.

The HPF is vital to saving the places that create identity locally, regionally, and nationally. The fund is allotted to several programs, from Save America's Treasures, grants for survey and nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places, and grants to preserve sites associated with the Civil Rights movement. 

Contact Senator Rob Portman by email or by phone (202) 224-3353
Contact Senator Sherrod Brown by email or by phone (202) 224-2315

National Trust Awards $1 Million in Grants to Help Preserve African American History
Photo by Nicola Goode

On July 6, 2018, the National Trust announced its first class of grant award recipients in conjunction with the newly established African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund at a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people at the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.

The Action Fund is a $25 million multi-year national initiative aimed at uplifting the largely overlooked contributions of African Americans by protecting and restoring African American historic sites and uncovering hidden stories of African Americans connected to historic sites across the nation. As part of this mission, the National Trust's Action Fund awarded a total of more than $1 million in grants to support grassroots efforts to preserve sites across the country.
Grants were given across four categories: capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation.  

Cleveland Heights City Council discusses Community Reinvestment Area

The city of Cleveland Heights is considering an economic development opportunity to encourage building and remodeling in the city. The Community Reinvestment Area program (CRA), created by the state of Ohio, is a tool designed to stimulate economic growth in cities. A city-wide CRA designation would provide owners of Cleveland Heights properties whether residential, commercial, industrial or mixed-use-tax exemptions to renovate existing buildings or construct new buildings.

All property owners in Cleveland Heights who are remodeling their property or constructing new buildings are eligible to apply for this tax exemption. There is an initial negotiation process between the property owners and the city for commercial, industrial and mixed use properties. Residential property owners must fill out an application before beginning their renovations.

Strongsville Residents Oppose Demolition of Historical Strong House
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- When Strongsville developer  Michael Catanzarite applied for a permit to demolish the Strong House -- a home built in the 1800s by one of the city's founders -- more than 60 residents flooded City Hall with emails in protest.
Catanzarite eventually withdrew the permit application and is now considering renovating the exterior of the Strong House. He said tearing the building down is no longer an option.  

Main Street Ravenna Search for First Executive Director

Main Street Ravenna's Board of Directors is excited to announce the search for their first Executive Director.  If you have an interest in community development and a passion for organizing, consider becoming a catalyst for the Ravenna community and downtown.   
Applicants should include a resume, cover letter and Main Street Ravenna application for employment.  They can be submitted to: or Main Street Ravenna, P.O. Box 444, Ravenna, OH 44266

Applications received by August 23rd will be given first consideration.

The Roots of Black Suburbanization Tour on August 4

Todd Michney, author and historian, shares the importance of the Cleveland's "surrogate suburbs" as well as the rich history, in a guided bus tour of Lee-Harvard and Miles Heights. A big believer in local history, Michney will highlight the buildings, people, and events that shaped the area to help us better understand the neighborhood today.  
The tour is part of the Cleveland Restoration Society's ongoing work in Lee-Harvard to collect oral histories and photos.

SNOOP! Scofield Mansion on August 25
Photo by Rob Erick
Levi Scofield is best known as the architect and sculptor of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Cleveland's Public Square.  In1898 Levi Scofield finished construction on a new country residence for his family. The mansion contains 10,025 square feet of interior space on a wooded 1.6 acre lot of what is now the Buckeye neighborhood overlooking Downtown Cleveland.  
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress along with the Cleveland Restoration Society invites members and community groups to tour the mansion and to share ideas for future development that could bring this city treasure back to productive use.
*Limited to CRS Members. Join or renew your membership within event registration.  
2018 Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference

Donovan Rypkema
Join Heritage Ohio and preservationists from across the state at The Metropolitan at the 9 in Cleveland from October 22-24 for the 2018 Preservation and Revitalization Conference. Attend special sessions with the state historic preservation office, covering topics like civil rights and the National Register, GIS mapping, and state and federal historic preservation tax credits. Special guest Donovan Rypkema, Principal for PlaceEconomics and nationally renowned expert on the economic impacts of historic preservation, will also be speaking.

Registration is now open and discounted rates are available at The Metropolitan at the 9 until October 1.  

It's Time for the Tour! "Come Home to Lakewood"
The 2018 "Come Home to Lakewood" House and Garden Tour, presented by The Lakewood Historical Society is scheduled for Sunday, September 9 th, from 1 to 6 p.m. This biennial tour invites you to explore some of the finest examples of Lakewood's diverse architectural styles dating from the early 1900s to mid-20 th Century. Included are a Cohassett Avenue Shingle-style Victorian and
Colonial Revival;  a completely renovated lakefront Colonial; a courtyard entry Clarence Mack-designed house; a Four-Square; a Dutch Colonial perched on a lakeside cliff and a sleek Mid-century ranch. Also included on the tour are a Neoclassic Revival, which now serves as a Lakewood business and the "Garage Mahal," a two-story garage, the likes of which you've never seen.
Advance sale tickets for the House Tour are $25.00 and available after August 1 st. Tickets can be purchased by mail, at the Oldest Stone House, online at, or at several retail outlets in Lakewood. A limited number of tickets may be available the day of the tour at the Nicholson House for $30.00.
You can kick off your "Come Home to Lakewood" tour weekend Saturday, September 8th at the Patron Party, held in three separate penthouse condominiums at the Richard Hilliard House. Party tickets can be purchased online, by mail, or at Paisley Monkey during business hours. For more tour and benefit information, contact the Oldest Stone House at (216) 331-7343.

Register for 2018 PastForward Conference         
The annual National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, PastForward, will take place in San Francisco, from November 13-16, 2018. Registration for the conference opened on July 2. This is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places, and you won't want to miss this year's conference in San Francisco!
Don't Buy Replacement Windows For Your Old House
Photo Courtesy of Historic New England
If you own a house built before 1960 that has its original windows, be grateful. Nothing will ever look as good. And, contrary to what you may have heard from the building and remodeling industries, new windows will not function better. They will not save you buckets of money in energy costs. They may not even last until you have finished paying for them.
Mathew Cummings, AIA, an architect based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, has worked on some of this country's oldest houses. He is unequivocal on the subject.
"Never, never, never throw away old windows," he says. "People replace 200-year-old windows with new vinyl ones that are guaranteed for five years. They are made of oil products and evil gases and soon their useful life is over and they end up in the landfill. Old windows are made of clean wood and glass, and, once rebuilt, are good for another 200 years."
August 4
The Roots of Black Suburbanization (Lee-Harvard Bus Tour led by Dr.Todd Michney)
Meet at Lee Road Baptist Church
3970 Lee Rd., Cleveland
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., $$, Register Here, Space is Limited 
Cleveland Restoration Society
August 4
Presentation on Art & Architecture of Historic St. James Church
17514 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., FREE
Tim Barrett, Lad Trepal, and Nora McNamara
August 19
2018 Tour of Cleveland's Underground Railroad
Boarding at Merwin's Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave.
12:30-4:00 p.m., $$, RSVP to Dorothy Salem, (216) 337-9217,  
Woodland Cemetery Foundation
August 25
SNOOP! Scofield Mansion
2441 Mapleside Road, Cleveland
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., FREE, CRS Members Only, Register Online 
Cleveland Restoration Society & Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Save the Date
September 5
Heritage Home Program Info Session: Ward 1 & 2
Sarah Benedict House
3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
6:00 p.m., FREE, Info 
Cleveland Restoration Society
September 9
"Come Home To Lakewood" Home Tour
13335 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
$$, Tickets available by mail, at the Oldest Stone House, or online
The Lakewood Historical Society 
September 16
2018 Tour of Cleveland Civil War Connections
Boarding at Merwin's Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave.
12:30-4:00 p.m., $$, RSVP to Paul Siedel, (216) 961-9033, 
Woodland Cemetery Foundation
September 22
Tour and Presentation on CWRU's center for innovation and entrepreneurship, the think [box]
Richey Mixon Building, CWRU
11201 Cedar Ave., Cleveland
1:30 p.m., FREE, RSVP to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or email by September 18
Western Reserve Architectural Historians
September 26
Heritage Home Program Info Session: Ward 3 & 17
Sarah Benedict House
3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
6:00 p.m., FREE, Info 
Cleveland Restoration Society
October 22-24
2018 Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference
The Metropolitan at the 9, Cleveland 
Heritage Ohio

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