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.

February 2018 Preservation News & Events
Secure Your Seat at the Community Luncheon 
Vacancy to Vibrancy: Transforming At Risk Landmarks into Neighborhood Assets
With Cleveland's focus on vital neighborhoods, the Cleveland Restoration Society is excited to explore success stories from Historic Boston Incorporated at the 2018 Community Luncheon. Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director of HBI, will share projects from firehouses to farms that bring vitality and value to Boston's neighborhoods.

J. gordon priemer
A special meeting of the members will also be convened at the Community Luncheon to elect J. Gordon Premier (pictured above) as an Honorary Life Trustee of the Cleveland Restoration Society.  
Sponsorships, tables and individual tickets are available online.

For additional info and details on sponsorship opportunities, contact Stephanie Allen at 216-426-3106 or  

Platinum Sponsors

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National Trust Community Investment Corp
Sponsor Table 

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Patron Tables 

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Celebration of Preservation Call for Nominations 
Now is the time to nominate your historic renovation project completed by January 31 st, 2018 for the Cleveland Restoration Society's annual Celebration of Preservation. Celebration of Preservation recognizes preservation projects that transform and enliven our communities. Submit your project and images by February 16.

Be inspired by last year's award winners.

4003 Whitman Avenue by the Marinucci Group

Shining a Spotlight on Lee-Harvard: Listen to the Stories
A BIG thank you to all who attended our storytelling event in October! We are pleased to partner with the Cleveland Public Library and be able to present these stories from Lee-Harvard to you now.

debra peck sharing story 

Click here to view over twenty vignettes of struggle, triumph, and nostalgia from our courageous attendees. 
Warner & Swasey Complex Redevelopment Request for Proposals  

The City of Cleveland issued a request for proposals for the Warner & Swasey complex on E. 55 th. Situated in the growing Mid-Town district, the 3 acre property is a prime location for a creative project.
Image Courtesy of Geis Cos.

This complex stands as one of the last vestiges of Cleveland's great industrial history, and has a wealth of possibilities remaining in its bones.

Click here to view the full RFP from the City of Cleveland.  

Support the Ohio History Fund
The Ohio History Fund is one of the few grant programs in the state solely for history projects. Your contribution to the "Ohio History Fund" tax check-off on your state tax return funds these grants. Tax time is here and the Ohio History Fund needs your help!
To donate , look for Ohio History Fund" on your Ohio tax return (line 26d) and designate a dollar amount. That's it! Your tax-deductible donation goes to support history projects in communities across the state.     
reGENerated: 2018 Legacy Cities Conference Proposals Deadline Extended
Continuing the torch started by the Cleveland Restoration Society in 2014, Buffalo's Young Preservationists and Preservation Buffalo Niagara are hosting a conference to discuss preservation's role in revitalizing Legacy Cities.

Planners, community development and preservation professionals, policy makers, community leaders, scholars, and grassroots advocates from a range of fields, are invited to submit their proven and solution driven ideas for conference sessions. The deadline has been extended to February 14

Paid Internship Available for Students of African American History
American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking  ONE CRDIP Research Historian Intern interested in dedicating 74 weeks in support of National Park Service at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in DC and Skagway, Alaska. This is an opportunity to conduct a special historical study on Company L (Buffalo Soldiers), an African-American military unit stationed in Skagway, Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush.  Research will occur at research institutions in the Washington, D.C. area followed by significant time stationed at Klondike Gold Rush (KLGO) National Historical Park in Skagway, AK. Preference will be given to early applicants.
10th Annual Hope for the City Symposium  

Cleveland's fourth-term mayor, Frank G. Jackson, will join three other noted speakers to discuss the vitality of the city's urban neighborhoods during this year's Hope for the City program. Led and hosted by the historic Old Stone Church on Public Square, the Hope for the City speaker series is celebrating its tenth year of addressing local challenges through engaging discussions with community leaders as well as experts in architecture, urban landscaping, development and design, public transportation, and more.

Heritage Center Highlights African-American Business Owners of Oberlin

Oberlin Heritage Center Museum Education & Tour Coordinator Amanda Manahan presents stories of Oberlin's African-American business owners, highlighting their accomplishments, struggles and the legacies they left behind.  Her illustrated program focuses on the long remarkable history and diversity of businesses of the past. Attendees also will have the opportunity to share recollections and help the Heritage Center preserve more of the history of African-American businesses in Oberlin.  The presentation takes place on Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Oberlin's House of Zion Fellowship Center (81 Locust Street), and it is free and open to the public.

Click here for more details.

Cleveland A to Z Now Available

Published in November 2017, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Western Reserve Historical Society is a compendium of essays written by John Grabowski, PhD., with vintage images from the Historical Society archives, and contemporary images by Lauren Pacini, Photographer, telling fascinating stories about Greater Cleveland, ranging from the Agora to the Zoo.

Click here to get your copy today!


February 11
African-American Business Owners of Oberlin
Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Oberlin's House of Zion Fellowship Center
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., FREE, details
Oberlin Heritage Center

February 15
Revitalization Series Training Workshop
Kent Free Library
312 W. Main St., Kent
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $$$, Registration Required  
Heritage Ohio

February 22
Levin College Forum Symposium: Wealth Building in Northeast Ohio's Communities of Color
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., FREE, Registration Required  
Levin College of Urban Affairs
February 25
WRAH Tour of The New Children's Museum of Cleveland
The Historical Stager-Beckwith Mansion
3813 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
10:30 a.m., $5 per person, RSVP to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or by February 20
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

February 28
10th Annual Hope for the City Symposium
"It's a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood???: The View from Downtown Cleveland" presented by Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano
Old Stone Church
91 Public Square, Cleveland
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., FREE, Registration Required
Old Stone Church

Save the Date
March 1
Contractor Open House
Sarah Benedict House
3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
3:00-6:00 p.m., Limited to Contractors and Tradesmen, RSVP Charles Crouch
Heritage Home Program
March 7
10th Annual Hope for the City Symposium
"Slavic Village: Creating the Model for Legacy City Neighborhoods" presented by Chris Alvarado
Old Stone Church
91 Public Square, Cleveland
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., FREE, Registration Required
Old Stone Church

March 8
2018 Community Luncheon
Westin Downtown, Cleveland
11:00-1:30 p.m., Contact Stephanie Allen (216) 426-3106 
Cleveland Restoration Society
March 14
10th Annual Hope for the City Symposium
"Cleveland's Vital Neighborhoods and Hope for Their Future" presented by Mayor Frank G. Jackson
Old Stone Church
91 Public Square, Cleveland
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., FREE, Registration Required
Old Stone Church
March 21
10th Annual Hope for the City Symposium
"Peace Begins with Truth: The Moral Imperative to Build Community and Race Relations in Cleveland, Ohio and Beyond" presented by Dr. Imani M. Scott
Old Stone Church
91 Public Square, Cleveland
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., FREE, Registration Required
Old Stone Church
March 24
WRAH Tour of The Starr Mansion and The Hickories
Lorain County History Center
284 Washington Ave., Elyria
1:30 p.m., FREE, Reservations Required to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or by March 20
Western Reserve Architectural Historians
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

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