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 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.
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