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.



Sunday, February 25, 2018 we toured the Children's Museum of Cleveland located in the newly renovated
Historical Stager-Beckwith Mansion

Erected in 1866 as a private home on Cleveland's Millionares' Row, it remains a relic of Cleveland's past grandeur
Thirty two WRAH members started the tour on the first floor
A fourth floor view from the turret facing east
A dollhouse model of the Stager-Beckwith Mansion was built and donated by Kathy Lincoln. The second floor features a collection of dollhouses and dolls.
Water, water, everywhere and fun for the WRAH members
Colorfull scarves shot through plastic tubes and were ejected from unexpected places high above us
Kelsey Tarace, Director of Education, left, thanked us for coming and reviewed upcoming plans in the snack  bar
The group gathered to rest as we finished our tour of the new Cleveland Children's Museum
Saturday, November 18, 2017 We met at the Cleveland Public Library to learn about the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-1937
Thanks to Pam Eyerdam for displaying items from the Exposition in the collection of the Cleveland Public Library
The speaker was Steven Rugare, Associate Professor, KSU School of Architecture and Evironmental Design
Members and guests enjoyed the history and toured the Great Lakes Exposition via PowerPoint
Sunday, April 22, 2018 we met at the Rocky River Public Library to hear  Laura DeMarco, Author and Plain Dealer  writer discussed her book, Lost Cleveland. We also toured the Cowan Pottery Museum with Lauren Hansgen, Curator.
WRAH President Sarah Klann presents the 2018 Book Award to Laura DeMarco for Lost Cleveland
The cover of the award winning book
We adjourned to the Cowan Pottery Museum incorporated in the main rooms of the Rocky River Public Library
A tile mural entitled "Egyptian Maidens" was created in a limited edition of five in 1930 at the Cowan Pottery and now resides in the entrance to the Library
Laura reviewed Cleveland's interesting architectural and cultural past that has disappeared
Loren Hantsgen, Curator, second from left, discussed the history and artifacts in the collection.
On Saturday, March 24, 2018 we toured The Starr Mansion and The Hickories at the Lorain County History Center in Elyria.  
The Hickories
The Horace C Starr House
The Lorain County Historical Society has preserved two nineteenth-century mansions in Elyria: The Horace Starr House and The Hickories. Both structures are located on Washington Avenue, once the "Euclid Avenue" of Elyria. The Italianate-Style Starr House, built in 1857, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and houses offices of the historical society, seven galleries, a research library, and a gift shop. The Hickories, constructed in 1895 by Arthur Garford, is a Richardsonian Romanesque and Shingle-Style home with Tiffany-inspired windows, six fireplaces, a private chapel, and magnificent oak, cherry, and mahogany woodwork.
Professor Elwin Robison showed various Mormon Temples and how they related to the Kirtland Temple
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  The Kirtland Temple, Professor Elwin Robison, PhD
The 1836 temple was built with local stone and lumber by the Kirtland Mormon community based on visions described by their leaders.  It was one of the largest edifices in the Western Reserve at the time and a prominent landmark.

A visit to the Kirtland Temple is always an inspirational look into the lives of the early Western Reserve Mormons
Saturday, August 18, 2018 we toured
the Lorain Lighthouse, the "Jewel of the Port", 
Lorain Harbor, Lorain, OH

Two Lorain County Port Authority boats waited to take us to the lighthouse on a beautiful August day
WRAH members enjoyed their ten minute boat trip through the marina to the lighthouse.
The 1917 lighthouse grew more impressive as we drew near
48 members were introduced to the lighthouse, its history, and recent restoration efforts by our hosts, the Lorain Lighthouse Foundation
A catered lunch on the lighthouse platform was enjoyed by all
A view from the lighthouse lantern towards Lake Erie