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 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. 
On Saturday, June 11, 2016, WRAH toured the
 Rare Architectural Collections of the Cleveland Public Library

Ann Marie Wieland, archivist for the Cleveland Public Library, discusses the special collection
The rare architectural collection was available for hands on viewing
Members also saw large scale drawings
Ken Goldberg thanked the CPL staff for their informative tour
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, WRAH toured the new
Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

The New Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University

A light and airy staircase for students and guests
Vistas all around for inspiration
WRAH members enjoyed the tour on a sunny afternoon