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, 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.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 we toured the newly restored Breuer Tower, Heinen's Rotunda Building, and the Swetland Building
Jim Wamelink, Vice President of WR Restoration, presented a powerpoint presentation of the
 $170 million restoration project

The presentation took place in the luxurious cabaret  theater of The Nine Hotel
Several of the original bank vaults have been converted into intimate meeting rooms and bars
The WRAH group enters the Cleveland Trust vault spaces
On the mezzanine overlooking Heinen's new food court
A view of Heinen's food court
On Saturday, October 24, we toured "The Foundry", the future site of a $9 million project recasting a dozen old buildings as a year round collegiate and youth boathouse, fitness center with an indoor rowing tank, and banquet center.
Aaron Marcovy, Executive Director of The Foundry, Addresses WRAH Members

WRAH Member Joanne Blazek Operates an Overhead Crane
The Freighter Manitowoc Glides Past the Foundry Docks
The Cleveland Skyline Viewed from The Foundry
On Sunday November 15, 2015,  we toured the Cleveland Institute of Art's new unified campus
Grafton Nunes, president of CIA, greets WRAH members in the CIA lobby, once part of a Model T Ford factory
The CIA library is located next to the lobby for the convenience of visitors
We toured the new student workshop.  Emphasis has been placed on air quality and dust collection
Students working on a glass blowing project
Every student has their own studio space
The connecting bridge between the new George Gund building and the old Model T plant
The 300 seat Peter B. Lewis Theater and the home of  CIA's Cinematheque film program
On Saturday, March 19, 2016, we toured the former Cleveland Board of Education Building, now being converted into an upscale Drury Hotel

Krisandra Lippert, Development Project Manager, Drury Southwest, Inc.
Addresses the group in the Lobby
The front of the New Drury Hotel, formerly the Cleveland Board of Education Building

The Tour meets in the magnificent 1930s era Lobby
Sixth floor Executive Suite, formerly the library
Fireplace in the Executive Suite
Third Floor Ballroom with original chandeliers
Rear view of Abraham Lincoln from the Mezzanine.  The statue was cast from pennies collected by Cleveland school children

Suites of rooms around a vaulted hallway
Auditorium with original hand painted scenes
On a beautiful spring Sunday, April 7, 2016 we visited Oberlin, Ohio, and toured the Allen Memorial Art Museum and a Frank Lloyd Wright House.
The Allen Memorial Art Museum, a 1917 Italian Renaissance building designed by architect Cass Gilbert, was restored in 2009.
Oberlin Art History students described highlights of the the art collection.
WRAH members and guests enjoyed the diverse collection.
WRAH Participants gathered for a group picture in front of the main entrance to the Museum.
Jason Trimmer, curator of education, explains the site plan in front of theWelltzheimer/Johnson House.
Built in 1950, the house utilizes Frank Lloyd Wright's "Usonian" concepts of economy of materials.
Though not a large house, our group of thirty fit inside comfortably.  Note the concrete floor, built-in storage and seating, extensive use of wood and natural light.
The current approach to the house was the original driveway.
On Saturday May 7, 2016, we toured the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple-Tifereth Israel at Case Western Reserve University
Originally designed by Charles Greco of Boston and completed in 1924, the stunning restoration of the Temple Tifereth-Israel now serves as a place for music, lectures, and other forms of cultural enrichment.
The WRAH tour enters through the main doors into the vestibule.
The tour began in the magnificent vestibule where we heard the history of the project. 
Silver Hall, which seats 1200 for concerts and lectures, features a new 66,000 pound glass and steel canopy to fine tune the acoustics for each event while not interfering with the view of the dome.
Jason Cohen, director of Facilities and Operations on the left, and Brian Sokol, Senior Director National Development, jointly discuss the history and details of the restoration.
A view of the architectural details of the balcony.  Original lighting fixtures were reused when possible.
The hall is equipped with state-of-the-art features including built in wiring for filming and advanced audio capabilities.  Shown is a large screen which is concealed until needed.
We ended the tour in the repurposed chapel, now a recital hall with a small stage and high-tech installations for film and audio recording.