PURPOSE
Western Reserve Architectural Historians was founded in 1965 to provide an opportunity for persons from all professions and backgrounds to meet regularly so that they might understand and enjoy the region's architectural heritage.  At least six times a year, through walking tours, on-site visits, lectures, and discussions, WRAH members explore the notable, unusual, and significant in the built environment.


WESTERN RESERVE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

CLEVELAND, OHIO

A Chapter of the SOCIETY of ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

On Sunday, November  11, 2012 we visited
Saint Casimir Roman Catholic Church
Built in 1918, St. Casimir was closed by the Diocese of Cleveland in 2009.  It was reopened in 2012 after a successful appeal to the Vatican.
Interior view from the Organ Loft
The Congregation was celebrating the reopening of the church, this young man and young lady were clothed in traditional Polish garb.
The group gathers in the organ loft to view the historic pipe organ
Pastor Orzech points out details of the magnificent front altar
The group views a valuable ceramic Pieta.
On Sunday, November  17, 2013 we visited
The College Club of Cleveland
WRAH Members and Guests outside the 1903 Arts and Crafts Mansion, designed for William & Lida Alexander by Franklen Meade and Abram Garfield. the building was purchased in 1951 by the College Club of Cleveland and has been their home since 2007.
Founded in 1898 for college educated women, membership is  now open to any individual with more than two years of college.
Our Guide, Jill Jefferis, shows off some of the College Club Collection
The Tour examines the Arts and Crafts Parlor
Moving up the Grand Staircase
The Mansion is known for its leaded glass windows.
March 16, 2014, visit to The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in University Circle,  designed by Ralph Adams Cram in 1909,  was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Our guide describes the key architectural features of the interior of the Church of the Covenant
The main altar was carved in Cleveland, including this beatiful Nativity Panel
A Gothic style screen created by Rose Iron Works
New lighting was installed in the style of the original fixtures during the most recent renovation
The neo-Gothic style extends to the organ keyboard
On Saturday April 14, 2014, we visited Nela Park, The
historical R & D center for the General Electric Corporation

The group was treated to a slide show of the history of General Electric and the construction of Nela Park Starting in 1911 by Mary Beth Gotti
The 90 acre fenced property has its own herd of deer grazing on the NELA Park campus
The "Triumph of Light", the stooping figures represent darkness, the erect figures, light.
Part of the WRAH group led by David Korow, pauses for a picture in front of the Lighting Institute and the fountain.
The original front exit gate on Terrace Road
Sarah Klann, WRAH President, welcomes members, old and new, to this special event
On Sunday, April 27, 2014 We visited the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Civil War Museum in Sheffield Lake, OH

In 1907, the 103rd O.V.I. Association purchased four acres of property on Lake Erie in Lorain County for their annual reunions. Pictured is the reunion  barracks, which now serves as the museum. 
Clare Wagner, our tour guide, a decendent of an 103rd O.V.I. veteran, talks about their research collection in the museum library
The main floor of the museum serves as a gallery for Civil War documents and artifacts.
Over time, a number of structures were built including a kitchen, mess hall, and dance hall/community room as well as a number of cottages.  Originally constructed for seasonal use, many of the buildings have been winterized and now are continuously occupied by descendents of the founding members.  Pictured is the messhall, now used for dinning and gatherings.
On Sunday, October 12, 2014, the group toured the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University.
Relaxing before the tour, the group views the
inter-active media screen situated in the building entrance.

The 83,000 square foot facility was designed by architects Perkins & Will and was 100% donor funded.
There is a high end restaurant named in honor of the 1887 Michelson-Morley experiment which set the foundation for relativity theory.
Randall Banes, the General Manager, points out features of the Grand Ballroom while our groups watches the Browns decimate the Stealers
The building's walls are made of glass, the view from an outside lounge is striking.
The two story building is bright and inviting, an ideal place for students to meet for study or socializing.