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.




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.
On Sunday March 15, 2015, The Western Reserve Architechtural Historians and the Dunham Tavern Museum sponsored a program entitled "NEW ARCHITECTURE IN NORTHEASTERN OHIO".
  Jack Bialosky, Jr., an award winning architect with the firm Bialosky & Partners with offices in Cleveland and New York. 

Hearty refreshments were served following the lecture to 35 people.
Projects in all Cleveland neighborhoods were reviewed and discussed showing the creative architecture projects being designed for this area
A topic of great interest to both WRAH and Dunham members.
On Sunday, May 17, 2015, The Western Reserve Architectural Historians Visited the Baseball Heritage Museum & Toured the League Park Site.

The Ohio Historical Marker explains the significance of League Park
Paul Volpe from City Architecture told us the story of how the site was saved and restored by the City of Cleveland
Morris Eckstein, Baseball Heritage Museum Administrator, described the odyssey that brought the museum to League Park
The group toured the facility after the lectures
On Sunday, June 28, 2015 WRAH held a joint meeting with members of the Shaker Historical Society at the Shaker Heights Country Club.
Sarah Klann, WRAH president, thanked all of the members and guests for attending the 50th Anniversary Meeting.
Ken Goldberg, long time member and past WRAH president reviewed the history and activities of the organization.
Matthew Moriarty, Shaker Heights Country Club historian, described the founding and evolution of the club.
Members of WRAH and the Shaker Historical Society learned about the Frank Meade designed club building.