In 2013, the Heritage Home Program hit a magnificent milestone - 1,000 Loans!
Issue 92 of the Cleveland Restoration Society publication, Facade, showcased this celebration. Our 1,000th loan was completed on a Victorian home in Cleveland's Franklin-West Clinton Historic District. The home was built in 1900 and had many of the original details still intact - leaded and stained glass windows, dark wood trim on the interior, and turned porch posts. The original wood siding was still there - just hidden under a layer of aluminum siding.
This family home was being lovingly restored by the owner for more than a decade. They reached out to the Heritage Home Program for a site visit to find technical resources to repair the front porch. The aluminum siding on the porch was hiding a wealth of details which led the homeowner to want to remove the aluminum siding from the entire home and carriage house. The homeowner applied for the Heritage Home Program Loan to paint the restored wood siding appropriate colors for the Queen Anne Victorian home.
The Heritage Home Program celebrated this milestone with a ribbon cutting on the restored front porch of the home. The November 2013 ribbon cutting was completed by the homeowner, CRS Honorary Life Trustee Bracy Lewis, Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone, CRS Chief Operating Officer Tom Jorgensen, and CRS President Kathleen Crowther. Representatives from Heritage Home Program partners, Cuyahoga County and KeyBank gave remarks, and staff members from CRS and Detroit Shoreway Development Organization (now Northwest Neighborhoods CDC) were in attendance.
The Heritage Home Program is looking forward to hitting our 2,000th loan in the future! In the intervening nine years since our 1,000th loan, we have helped an average of one hundred homeowners each year with their home repairs through the Heritage Home Program Loan.