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.

December 2018 Preservation News & Events
Detroit Planning Director Maurice Cox speaks at 2019 Cleveland Restoration Society Community Luncheon 
Revitalizing Cities and Neighborhoods
The Big Payback: Historic Preservation
Maurice Cox, Planning Director, City of Detroit, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Community Luncheon taking place on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Westin Downtown Cleveland.  Cox is a nationally acclaimed community designer and leader of the public interest design movement. He is widely respected for his ability to incorporate active citizen participation into the urban design and planning process. He has a reputation for developing bold-yet achievable- plans that become tools for civic discourse and empowerment, embraced by diverse sectors of the community. Post-bankruptcy Detroit is becoming a leading laboratory for urban regeneration, and Cox has earned widespread acclaim for his innovative role in the process.

Sponsorship information available here or contact Stephanie Allen
A Very Silent Auction
Two auction items still available through Dec. 7, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of our Trustees, we are thrilled to extend our benefit silent auction and offer experiences that would be a memorable Christmas gift. Please consider a bidding on one of these special experiences by Friday, December 7th.

Preservationist Delight

Spend a week at the BarBour-Fitzhugh Cottage Historic c. 1800 Retreat in the Heart of Virginia Wine Country. Cottage can accommodate up to 6 people (no one under 16 years of age please) in three bedrooms with two baths.   Click here for more information and to place your bid.*  Must exceed current high bid of $1000 
Up to four guest will enjoy a Lake Erie sail on the 32 ft. C & C sailboat Tasermania followed by drinks and dinner at Edgewater.   Click here for more details and to place your bid. *  Must exceed current high bid of $375

Winners will be notified Monday, December 10, 2018

Thank you to everyone who donated to our 2018 Annual Fund! Your gifts will be used to rescue endangered buildings, revitalize neighborhoods, promote cultural heritage and assist sacred spaces.

Haven't sent in your gift? There is still time to make a difference, just click the link below. With your gift of $75 or above, you will be invited to attend a special event at Roundwood Manor including a tour and talk by Cleveland storyteller Dan Ruminski.

Celebration of Preservation
Nominate Your Favorite Historic Preservation Project

Celebration of Preservation
Help us celebrate local preservation projects by nominating a project to receive recognition at the 2019 Celebration of Preservation. The Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland's annual preservation awards program recognizes individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence and outstanding commitment to historic preservation. Nominations are due Friday, February 14th,  2019 by 5 p.m. Awards will be determined by a jury of architects, contractors, and others involved in historic preservation and announced during the Celebration of Preservation in May. 

Print your application today for submission by and look for online applications January 1, 2019
Ohio History Connection Preservation Merit Award
Scott Holbrook and Cleveland Restoration Society 

Each year, the Ohio History Connection's State Historic Preservation Office recognizes achievements in historic preservation by presenting awards in two categories: Public Education and Awareness, and Preservation Merit. The Preservation Merit Award is for preserving Ohio's prehistory, history, architecture or culture. 
Congratulations to Scott Holbrook, CRS Trustee from BakerHostetler, who was recognized for his legal work on behalf of the Cleveland Restoration Society to secure the preservation of the Colonel Colston House at 2834 Courtland Blvd. in Shaker Heights
For more information about the awards, visit the Ohio History Connection

Sacred Landmarks Repair & Restoration Workshop 
The Sacred Landmarks Support Group attracted an audience of congregation representatives, architects and community development leaders to a workshop at the Trinity Cathedral this past Thursday. The committee shared their expertise on building maintenance from stained glass windows to the Cleveland's city facade ordinance.
If you interested in learning more about the committee and how your congregation can engage their expertise, contact Michael Fleenor at
AIA Cleveland Design Awards
Five Historic Preservation Projects Recognized for Architecture

On Friday, November 2nd, over 500 people gathered at the Westin Cleveland to celebrate the AIA Cleveland Design Awards. Five of the awards for architecture were given to historic preservation project both local and nationally. The historic preservation projects include:

Honor Award
Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Modernization Firm: DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky

Merit Award
GBX Group Firm: Vocon

Merit Award
Capitol Theatre Restoration Firm: DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky

Honorable Mention
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery Firm: DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky

Honorable Mention
Mueller Lofts Firm: Bialosky Cleveland

Congratulations to our local architecture firms Westlake Reed Leskoksky, Vocon,and Bialosky for their excellent preservation projects..

 Learn more about the projects and submissions here.

Heritage Ohio Webinar  

Wednesday, December 19th 1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Register here
Developing certified historic structures can be a complicated and complex task. Ohio's Downtown Redevelopment District program is a critical tool to redevelop these important historic structures. Downtown Redevelopment Districts work like Tax Increment Financing in that they capture new growth in property taxes in a defined 10 acre district continuous to a certified historic structure. Unlike a TIF that is generally restricted to public infrastructure improvements, a Downtown Redevelopment District can be used to redevelop the historic building, build innovation districts to grow high-tech companies, build public infrastructure or fund local economic development groups associated with the projects. Learn from the experts at Montrose Development Advisors, along with Rodd Hale, Village Administrator of Versailles, Ohio, who implemented multiple Downtown Redevelopment Districts to better understand how this important historic preservation program works at the Heritage Ohio webinar series.

Oberlin and Hudson Community Awards

The Oberlin Heritage Center's Community Awards Program celebrates and recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses whose outstanding accomplishments in serving the community are in keeping with our mission: To preserve and share Oberlin's unique heritage and to make our community a better place to live, learn, work and visit. Learn more and submit your application. Nominations are due by February 1, 2019.


The Hudson Heritage Association Preservation Awards Program annually recognizes and honors historic structures in Hudson that have been well preserved or restored within the last five years in a manner that maintains the historic integrity of the property. To be eligible for the award, properties must be at least 75 years old, and may include private residences, commercial buildings, publicly owned buildings, non-profit organizations and historic landscapes.


 Preservation Awards Application due January 31, 2019

Last Chance is Saturday, December 8, 2019

T he 2018 Extended Season is a program of Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation and sponsored by Playhouse Square, The Arcade and Motorcars in Cleveland Heights.
December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd

Party in the historic Hay-McKinney Mansion with Holiday History on Tap! Delve into the world of plaid and its connection to the Holiday season. Explore Mad for Plaid with Curator Patty Edmonson as she traces how plaid went from winter woolens to haute couture. AND: - Special scotch tasting ($) - Bring your favorite childhood holiday photo for a chance to win prizes - Ugly sweater contest - Exclusive look at the great Scots of Cleveland's past   
December 12 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States + Google Map
Laura Demarco's book Lost Cleveland explores the rise and fall and the enduring spirit of a gritty city. The book features more than 200 Cleveland photos and 65 lost landmarks from the 1800s to today. DeMarco will take guests on a visual and oral tour through Cleveland's glorious past and the ghosts that inspire us today. 
Stephanie Allen, editor | Cleveland Restoration Society | 216-426-1000 |