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.

January 2018 Preservation News & Events
Celebration of Preservation Call for Entries
Help us celebrate this past year's amazing preservation projects by nominating a project to receive recognition at the 2018 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 16th,  2018 by 5:00 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 2018.

Be inspired by last year's award winners.

4003 Whitman Avenue by the Marinucci Group

Highlights of the US/ICOMOS Leadership Forum
National and world heritage leaders met in Washington, DC, at the Department of the Interior headquarters for US/ICOMOS's 2017 Leadership Forum and Benefit Gala in late November. Primary goals were to help refine the strategic path and priorities for US/ICOMOS in 2018 and beyond, and to provide a clearer picture of the US role in world heritage in this time of global transition. With more than 120 heritage professionals attending, leaders participated in frank, challenging, constructive and cordial plenary and breakout sessions addressing the state of international heritage programs in the US; KnowledgeExchange thematic areas; select US/ICOMOS programs; and how to better serve members and achieve US/ICOMOS's mission.   
Many advocates for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks World Heritage site nomination participated in the Leadership Forum. Pictured above are Jake Williams of World Heritage Ohio and Jennifer Aultman and Todd Kleismit of Ohio History Connection. Jennifer Aultman presented in the breakout session on achieving world heritage designation.
African American Cultural Heritage Fund
Last month the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF). The Fund seeks to draw attention to the remarkable stories that evoke centuries of African-American activism and achievement, and to tell our nation's full history .
One of the first initiatives of this fund is making available grants to support preservation of African American historic sites.  These grants are available for capital projects, planning, interpretation and organizational capacity building. For those interested in applying, a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the AACHAF grant is due January 31.  
Program information and guidelines can be found here.
If anyone has questions about the program, contact the National Trust Grants department (202) 588-6277,
Funds are Available for Historic Preservation Projects in Your Community!
Applications must be received in the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) office by 5:00 pm, February 12, 2018. Grant applications for National Register nomination projects for properties that don't already have an SHPO determination regarding eligibility have to submit the National Register Preliminary Questionnaire by January 19, 2018. The Ohio History Connection is eliminating the matching funds requirement for projects that meet one of the Funding Priorities.  If your project addresses one of these priorities the grant can cover 100% of your project costs.  
Legacy Cities Preservation Summit Call for Papers
Buffalo's Young Preservationists and Preservation Buffalo Niagara are hosting a conference to discuss preservation's role in revitalizing Legacy Cities. Legacy Cities, sometimes called Right-sizing or Rust Belt Cities, formed the basis of our country's growth early in the 20th century but have since experienced severe population decline, segregation, and poverty. These cities often have significant historic structures and neighborhoods that have fallen into disrepair or been abandoned. Demolition is often viewed as the only answer to these problems. Surely there must be other options for our cities. What role can preservation play? What role should preservation play in making important decisions regarding our cities' futures? How do we ensure that preservation is fair in telling the story of everyone in our community? And perhaps most importantly- what kind of city do we want for our future? The call for papers that address these questions are due by January 30th, 2018.

Sponsor the 2018 Community Luncheon  

The Cleveland Restoration Society Community Luncheon is an annual event that brings together the downtown community to support and celebrate historic preservation. Now in its 44th year, the luncheon attracts leaders in historic presentation and development. This year's keynote is
Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director of Historic Boston Inc. (HBI), an organization that invests in redevelopment and re-use of endangered historic building projects for new uses.

Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI) transforms historic buildings in Boston's neighborhoods for new sustainable uses.  A non-profit organization and a leading member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Partner's Network, HBI provides a full array of development support for its projects that add enormous value in Boston's neighborhoods.  Executive Director, Kathy Kottaridis will present a few of these remarkable projects.
Under Kottaridis' leadership, HBI has undertaken $25 million in project investments, transforming eight abandoned historic structures into new mixed use developments and leveraging considerable private investment.
Kathy's career includes many years devoted to public and non-profit service. She served as Director of Economic Development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Director of the City of Boston's Office of Business Development, and was the founding director of Boston Main Street, the first city-wide Main Streets program in the country.
Are you interested in sponsoring the 2018 Community Luncheon? Contact Stephanie Allen by phone (216) 426-3106 or email for details.  

Webinar: Understanding the 20% Federal Historic Tax Credit  In the wake of Tax Reform   
On December 19th, 2017, Congress once again acknowledged historic preservation as a valuable economic development tool when it retained the 20% Historic Tax Credit in its tax bill. The credit's retention is a significant accomplishment for preservationists, architects, contractors, mayors, Main Street organizations, developers, and property owners of historic buildings in towns across America.
Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation webinar on Tuesday, January 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m. to hear a recap of the bill's provisions, the possible impacts of phasing on historic rehabilitation projects and the potential legislative vehicles that might be available in the remaining months of the 115th Congress to make changes.

Lawrence H. Curtis - President and managing Partner, WinnDevelopment and National Trust Trustee,

Greg Paxton - Executive Director, Maine Preservation, 

Patrick Robertson - FTI Consulting and lobbyist for Historic Tax Credit Coalition

Moderator: Jim Igoe, Executive Director, Preservation Massachusetts

  This webinar is free and open to all. Reserve your spot here.    
Cleveland's E.105th Churches Approved for Designation  

Greater Abyssinia Baptist
Greater Abyssinia Baptist
At the Cleveland Planning Commission meeting on Friday December 15th , the last two historic churches on E. 105th not already designated were approved for designation, along with the Kausek Brothers Building in St. Clair Superior. Councilman Jeff Johnson spoke in favor of these designations. Although they are now in wards represented by others, all three were in Ward 8 when Johnson represented that ward and sponsored their nomination, before ward boundaries were redrawn. Michael Fleenor, CRS Director of Preservation Services, thanked Johnson on behalf of CRS for his leadership in designating Cleveland Landmarks. "As he leaves office, Councilman Johnson leaves a legacy. According to our records, he has sponsored more than fifty-five local landmarks designations and a new district, spread from Euclid Avenue, to Midtown, St.-Clair-Superior, and especially in Glenville, which had been under-represented," he told the commission. The Chair, David Bowen, also thanked Johnson for his great work.
Call for Participants, Host Organizations, and Sponsors: 2018 International Exchange Program

US/ICOMOS annouces the call for applications for participants, hosts and sponsors for the 2018 International Exchange Program (IEP). Graduate students and those new to the heritage profession (1-3 years of experience) specializing in historic preservation and heritage conservation are invited to apply. Participants will be assigned practical working internships, under professional supervision, with a public or private nonprofit preservation organization. Internships for U.S. citizens are in other countries, organized in many cases in cooperation with the local ICOMOS National Committee. Internships for non-U.S. citizens are placed throughout the United States.  

US/ICOMOS is also seeking hosts and sponsors for the 2018 IEP. For more information, visit their Internship pages at The deadline for applications for participants is January 15, 2018. The deadline for applications for hosts is February 5, 2018.

Young Ohio Preservationist's Movie Night: Selma

P.A.C.T (Partners Achieving Community Transformation) is hosting a winter movie series at the Lincoln Theater in Columbus. Join YOP for a free showing of Selma on January 14! The Lincoln Theater was constructed in 1928, as the Ogden Theater. This gorgeous Egyptian Revival theater was built for the African American community's desire for a cultural hub. People enjoyed vaudeville and live musical acts at the theater and later on movies were shown there. The building even has a ballroom! YOP looks forward to enjoying a movie with you in this beautifully restored space. 

New York Conservancy Celebrates 45 Years!
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2018. Watch the video below to see how far they've come and what they accomplished throughout the state of New York.

Preservation has become key to New York's economy, tourism and quality of life.  
Join with us in congratulating the New York Conservancy for their unwavering devotion to preservation!
45th Anniversary - The New York Landmarks Conservancy 
45th Anniversary - The New York Landmarks Conservancy


January 12
Lissauer Gallery Opening: Ads & Artists: Van Sweringens 
Shaker Historical Society 
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
January 14
YOP Movie Night: Selma
Lincoln Theatre
769 E. Long St., Columbus
6:00 - 9:00 p.m., FREE, Info  
Young Ohio Preservationists, Partners Achieving Community Transformation

January 20
Introduction to Oral History Interviews: Mini-Workshop
Oberlin Public Library
65 South Main St., Oberlin
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., FREE, RSVP Carl Jacobson 
Oberlin Heritage Center
January 27
Somewhere in Time: Satin & Soot  
Cleveland History Center
10825 East Blvd., Cleveland
6:00 - 11:00 p.m., $$$, Tickets 
Western Reserve Historical Society 
January 28 
Shaker Historical Annual Meeting: Guest Speaker Prof. Mark Souther
Believing in Cleveland: Managing Decline in the Best Location in the Nation 
Shaker Historical Society 
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., FREE for SHS Members, RSVP by January 26  
Save the Date
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
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 8
2018 Community Luncheon
Westin Downtown, Cleveland
11:00-1:30 p.m., Contact Stephanie Allen (216) 426-3106 
Cleveland Restoration Society

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