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.

July 2018 Preservation News & Events
Interior Proposes Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks

On May 24, The Department of the Interior announced the selection of the "Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks" in Ohio-a group of ancient American Indian sites including both Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and related properties owned by the State of Ohio/Ohio History Connection-as a proposed nomination by the United States to the World Heritage List.
The list recognizes cultural and natural sites of universal importance such as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador. There are 1,073 sites in 167 of the 193 countries that have signed the World Heritage Convention-including 23 World Heritage Sites in the United States.

National Trust Releases 31 st Most Endangered List
The National Trust for Historic Preservation unveiled its 2018 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, an annual list that spotlights important examples of our nation's architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Almost 300 places have been on the list over its 31-year history, and in that time, fewer than five percent of listed sites have been lost.

The National Trust's 31st annual list includes a diverse mix of historic places across America facing a range of challenges and threats, from deferred maintenance to inappropriate development proposals to devastation wrought by natural disasters.

reGENerated: Legacy Cities 2018

Attend the 3 rd Legacy Cities Conference, held this year in Buffalo NY, July 12 th-14 th, 2018. The conference theme, "reGENerated" invites you to engage, learn, ponder, share, and consider solutions for our Legacy Cities.

Chrissy Lincoln, the principle organizer of the event, urges all preservationists to attend with this inspiring message:
"We have brought leaders from across the country answering questions on inclusivity, the environment, and giving us the tools we need to take back our communities and keep our unique attributes and histories. On July 12-14th, we'll be joined by Maurice Jones, president of LISC, Jessie Grogan from the Lincoln Institute, Terry Schwarz from the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Building Hugger's Amy Swift, Alan Mallach of the Center for Community Progress, ULI's Ed McMahon, and many more. This isn't just for professional planners and preservationists. This summit is here to use preservation as a tool to empower people and communities through their heritage. Anyone that cares about their city, their community, their street, from community development non- profits to grassroots advocates can attend. We all need to be in this together.  As we've seen from years of disinvestment, there is no bail out, no one is coming to save us- we need to do it ourselves. This is where it begins. Our goal is for attendees to have the tools and the contacts to begin to take back their communities and their stories within the built environment. We hope you'll join us in Buffalo for fast paced panels and discussions where we will share our ideas and knowledge and begin to plan for what kind of city we want."

Saving Scofield Mansion
Scofield Mansion before restoration
Photo by SecureView
Scofield Mansion is one of only 10 known remaining buildings designed by architect and sculptor Levi Scofield, who is best known for the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument that stands in Cleveland's Public Square. Scofield designed and built his family home on Cleveland's East Side in 1898. "It was designed in a very picturesque setting to overlook the city," said Kathleen Crowther, president of the Cleveland Restoration Society. "He built it in a bucolic area to have magnificent views of the city."

2017 Annual Report and Annual Meeting
Members of the Cleveland Restoration Society are invited to the annual business meeting on July 25 to hear a brief summary of CRS's activities and elect new trustees for the coming year. Our 2017 Annual Report will be available along with coffee and pastries. Join us in the garden of the Sarah Benedict House for this gathering of CRS trustees, staff and members.
Click here to RSVP. You can join or renew your membership on the RSVP page.  
SNOOP! The Veronika & Happy Hour on July 20

SNOOP! behind the scenes of The Veronika, winner of the Storefront Renovation Award at the 2018 Celebration of Preservation.

Tour will be led by Frank Scalish, contractor and developer. This tour will open with an overview of the Birdtown historic district in Lakewood, followed by a tour of the building. Event will conclude with an optional happy hour in the newly occupied storefront cocktail bar LBM.

Located in Lakewood's Birdtown historic district, the Veronika is a small mixed-use building constructed in 1915 by Michael & Veronika Turza. In 2016, Scalish Construction acquired the building and undertook a rehabilitation using the federal historic preservation tax incentives, a first for Lakewood. Scalish reconfigured interior layouts, added energy efficient mechanicals and modern finishes to six apartment units and the first floor restaurant. On the exterior, the glazed brick was water washed, and all of the original windows were repaired. Especially impressive is the change to the exterior storefront. Scalish Construction removed the inappropriate 1970s cladding, infill and pent roof around the entry. Using the physical elements that had been uncovered, Scalish meticulously matched new wood and glass to reinstate the historic configuration. Instead of installing sub-divided storefront glass, the owner chose full-size plate glass windows. The impressive windows with custom wood and glass doors create a light-filled and architecturally appropriate storefront.

Click here to register. 

Black Sub-urbanization: Moving Up in Cleveland Tour on August 4

Cleveland's upwardly mobile African American middle class sought out living space at the urban periphery starting in the early decades of the twentieth century, in an attempt to escape the overcrowding that fostered an increasingly untenable quality of life at the city's urban core. After World War II, African American-owned construction companies - as well as a handful of white ones - built houses for black buyers on vacant land south of Miles Avenue in southeast Cleveland, and in 1953, the first African American family purchased a house in the "suburbanesque" Lee-Harvard neighborhood.   
Building upon the Cleveland Restoration Society's ongoing community history initiative in the area, tour leader Dr. Todd Michney - a Professor at Georgia Tech and author of Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980 - will explain these various areas' significance in terms of city planning and the built environment, the meaning they held for African American residents in terms of prestige, the record of black home- and institution-building, and the observable patterns of interracial encounters and race relations. The tour will conclude with a summary of Cleveland's African American sub-urbanization into the present.
The tour of Lee-Harvard is on August 4 at 10:00 a.m. Board at the Lee Road Baptist Church, located at 3970 Lee Rd. in Cleveland. Due to the amount of seats on a bus, space is limited on this tour.  

Moving Toward a Shared Understanding U.S. Shrinking City

Cleveland State University Levin College Professors Joanna Ganning (top right) and Rosie Tighe (bottom right) co-authored and published the article "Moving toward a Shared Understanding of the U.S. Shrinking City" online in the Journal of Planning Education and Research. According to the article abstract, "scholarly work on "shrinking" cities grew following the 2010 census, resulting in a diverse body of popular and academic literature. However, this has not produced a widely accepted definition of the "shrinking city."
We analyze definitions used in a sample of papers on U.S. shrinking cities and propose an empirically
justified definition that reflects the shrinking cities research agenda and is easily operationalized. We demonstrate that our resulting universe of eighty cities represents the places studied in the literature and provides a starting point for future research. We hope to draw scholars to a shared understanding of this pressing topic." 

*Note, Scholarly subscription required.

2018 PastForward Conference Agenda Now Available       
The annual National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, PastForward, will take place in San Francisco, from November 13-16, 2018. Registration for the conference opened on July 2. This is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places, and you won't want to miss this year's conference in San Francisco!
Photography Contest: Inspired by World Heritage Sites
The Administration of the State Historical-Architectural Reserve "Icherisheher" (The Administration) and the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OHWC) are inviting professional and non-professional photographers worldwide to participate in a photography contest!
The theme of the photo contest is the daily life in the World Heritage City with the focus on the Icherisheher -  Old (Walled) City of Baku - part of the UNESCO's List of the World Heritage since 2000.
Photographers wishing to take part need to submit at least one high-quality photograph inspired by any of the UNESCO's World Heritage sites or monuments together with its caption and brief description.
2018 Heritage Ohio Annual Awards Call for Nominations
Award Winning Dan Smith Community Park located in Kent
To nominate a a person, building, or project, simply complete this form and attach supporting documents and high-resolution photos (Limit 9.75 MB). If your documents or photos are large files, please email them to with the name of the nomination in the title of the email. To view a detailed description of the awards categories, view the 2018 Awards List.

All nominations must be received by July 15, 2018. Nominations that do not follow the formatting provided in the form and incomplete entries will NOT be accepted.
Not sure if your nomination fits a category? Contact Heritage Ohio at 614-258-6200 or

July 15
Compass Mural at Gravity Place Dedication
1757 Columbus Rd., Cleveland
12:00 p.m., FREE
SPACES, Cleveland City Landmarks, James Rosenberger
July 20
SNOOP! The Veronika & Happy Hour
The Veronika
12351 Madison Ave., Lakewood
4:30 p.m., FREE, CRS Members-Only, Register here 
Cleveland Restoration Society
July 25
Annual Meeting of the Cleveland Restoration Society
Sarah Benedict House Garden
3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
9:00 -10:30 a.m., FREE, Members Only, RSVP and/or Join as a Member 
Cleveland Restoration Society 

Save the Date
August 4
Black Sub-urbanization: Moving Up in Cleveland (Lee-Harvard Tour led by Dr.Todd Michney)
Meet at Lee Road Baptist Church
3970 Lee Rd., Cleveland
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., $$, Register Here, Space is Limited 
Cleveland Restoration Society
August 19
2018 Tour of Cleveland's Underground Railroad
Boarding at Merwin's Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave.
12:30-4:00 p.m., $$, RSVP to Dorothy Salem, (216) 337-9217,  
Woodland Cemetery Foundation
September 5
Heritage Home Program Info Session: Ward 1 & 2
Sarah Benedict House
3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
6:00 p.m., FREE, Info 
Cleveland Restoration Society
September 16
2018 Tour of Cleveland Civil War Connections
Boarding at Merwin's Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave.
12:30-4:00 p.m., $$, RSVP to Paul Siedel, (216) 961-9033, 
Woodland Cemetery Foundation
September 26
Heritage Home Program Info Session: Ward 3 & 17
Sarah Benedict House
3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
6:00 p.m., FREE, Info 
Cleveland Restoration Society

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