Newsletter of the Cleveland Restoration Society's Heritage Home ProgramSM.
Heritage Home Program Home Spotlight!
Despite the fact that homes only need to be 50 years old to meet our eligibility requirements, usually when the general public thinks about the Heritage Home Program, or “historic” homes, they primarily think of pre-1900s or early 20th century properties. Even with the large numbers of mid-century ranches and split-levels spread throughout Cuyahoga County, oftentimes, homeowners do not consider their own mid-century homes as historic or even realize how they fit within our program. Recently, Heritage Home Program homeowners completed a stunning rehabilitation of one of these mid-century properties. This is the second property that they have worked with the Heritage Home Program to rehab. The property is located in the East Cleveland section of the historic Forest Hills neighborhood, which was created within the former Rockefeller Summer Estate. Built in 1959, it is a wonderful example of a mid-century ranch.

The homeowners actually purchased the property from the Cuyahoga County Land Bank in 2019 after it had set empty and vacated for about a decade. Located on a large corner lot at the intersection of Forest Hills Boulevard and Walden Road, the property was a community eyesore and a source of vexation for the Forest Hills neighborhood. The homeowners used the Heritage Home Loan Program to completely rehabilitate the property from replacing a collapsed roof all the way down to new waterproofing. As evidenced by the before photos below, they had a large project on their hands!
Another aspect of the Heritage Home Loan Program that many people are not aware of is that it can be used for non-owner occupied or investment properties. Since the homeowners already reside at their own home in the Forest Hills neighborhood, they used our loan program’s non-owner occupied terms to help fund the property’s rehabilitation efforts.
The homeowners’ work on the Forest Hills property is a perfect example of the role that localized historic preservation work can have on nearby homes and communities. They wanted to take a “community eyesore” and make it a viable property for their neighbors. Not only did they create a beautiful home for a new homeowner or family to move into, but their investment in the former vacant Land Bank property will help raise the property values of the neighboring homes and adds a newly renovated “statement home” on the highly visible corner lot location. Their work is truly stunning, and now that the property is for sale the Heritage Home Program is excited to see the new life this home will have! 
Heritage Home Program Welcomes
Linda Barbero!
Linda Barbero joins the Heritage Home Program as a new Associate!

Linda has a background in Urban Planning and a Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University with a certification in Historic Preservation. Linda enjoys working in her neighborhood in Lakewood by volunteering on the Heritage Advisory Board and the Lakewood Historical Society.

Linda will be working with homeowners pursuing a Heritage Home Program Loan in the Western and Southern parts of Cuyahoga County as well as Hudson in Summit County.
Cleveland Restoration Society's
Community Luncheon
Friday, December 10, 2021
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Cory United Methodist Church Ballroom
1117 E 105th St, Cleveland, OH 44108

Keynote Speaker Brent Leggs
Executive Director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for all guests.
CRS accepts a smartphone photo of a vaccine card or its physical presentation as proof of vaccination

The Community Luncheon provides support for our year-round programs from the Heritage Home Program to our work in Cleveland's diverse neighborhoods. The luncheon is the perfect opportunity to entertain and educate clients about historic preservation. As a sponsor, your company will receive exposure to developers, architects, planners, city representatives and nonprofits that advance Cleveland neighborhoods.
For any questions regarding the event, please call Stephanie Phelps at 216-426-3106 or
Upcoming Events
November's HHP spotlight is our Historic Districts 101 presentation. Join us on November 17th to learn about historic districts in NE Ohio. More information about this presentation and others coming up is available on our events calendar. Registration for this event is available here: Historic Districts 101
Interested in seeing what the Heritage Home Program is up to? Check out our Events Calendar!