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, November 17, 2013 we visited
The College Club of Cleveland
WRAH Members and Guests outside the 1903 Arts and Crafts Mansion, designed for William & Lida Alexander by Franklen Meade and Abram Garfield. the building was purchased in 1951 by the College Club of Cleveland and has been their home since 2007.
Founded in 1898 for college educated women, membership is now open to any individual with more than two years of college.
Our Guide, Jill Jefferis, shows off some of the College Club Collection
Sunday, September 18, 2011, A Visit to the Bertram & Judith Kohl Building, Oberlin College
The group visits the Rare instruments Storage room
All good tours end with a snack
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Squire Valleevue Farm and the Valley Ridge Farm
The Manor House at the Squire Valleevue Farm, Front Elevation
Dr. Ana Locci, Director of the CWRU University Farm, addresses the group in the Great Room
A Decorative Plaster Ornament in the Manor House
The Dairybarn at The Valley Ridge Farm
The Milking Parlor at the Valley Ridge Farm
The Restored Hayloft in the Horsebarn
On Sunday, March 18, 2012, we joined Dunham Tavern members to listen to Dr. Gainor Davis.
The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair in the United States, was held in Philadelphia, PA, from May 10 to November 10, 1876 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 10 million people attended. More than 200 buildings were constructed within the grounds. The Main Exhibition Building enclosed an area of 21 ½ acres and was the largest building in the world.
Dr. Gainor Davis, President and CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
The Dunham Tavern Museum Barn is a familiar and pleasant place to meet.
All good meetings end with pleasant conversation and refreshments.
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, we visited the
B&O Roundhouse/Midwest Railway Preservation Society (MRPS)
The 1917 2-8-2 locomotive under restoration
30+ members and guests gather for the start of the tour.
A multi-year project is explained
The youngest engineer on the tour
Using the original roundtable
Visiting the rolling stock
We enjoy remembering train travel in a restored passenger car
Thanks to the MRPS and Charley Sedgley for sharing this special place and Steve Kish for making the arrangements
On Sunday, November 11, 2012 we visited
Saint Casimir Roman Catholic Church
Built in 1918, St. Casimir was closed by the Diocese of Cleveland in 2009. It was reopened in 2012 after a successful appeal to the Vatican.
Interior view from the Organ Loft
The Congregation was celebrating the reopening of the church, this young man and young lady were clothed in traditional Polish garb.
The group gathers in the organ loft to view the historic pipe organ
Pastor Orzech points out details of the magnificent front altar
The group views a valuable ceramic Pieta.
The Tour examines the Arts and Crafts Parlor
Moving up the Grand Staircase
The Mansion is known for its leaded glass windows.
March 16, 2014, visit to The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in University Circle, designed by Ralph Adams Cram in 1909, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Our guide describes the key architectural features of the interior of the Church of the Covenant
The main altar was carved in Cleveland, including this beatiful Nativity Panel
A Gothic style screen created by Rose Iron Works
New lighting was installed in the style of the original fixtures during the most recent renovation
The neo-Gothic style extends to the organ keyboard