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 Saturday, October 16, 2021 WRAH members toured Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio.  Our speaker was Lynn Zocolo, a Mill Creek MetroParks Educator. We gathered at the Lanterman's Mill main parking lot on East Park Drive. 
Photos courtesy of Steve and Beth Kish

On Sunday, November 7, WRAH members toured the Cozad-Bates House.
The Cozad-Bates House is the only pre-Civil War home remaining in University Circle. Recently the house was partially renovated and repurposed into the Cozad-Bates Interpretive Center which focuses on the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad.


University Circle Staff Members Elise Yablonsky and Matthew Provolt provide an introduction and later lead the groups through the Center and the home.
Matthew addresses part of our group in the portion of the building renovated to be the Learning Center
The remaining portion of the home has been mothballed until additional funds are secured.
Anne Meissner presents the WRAH 2021 Book Award to Jeannine deNobel Love for the book Cleveland Architecture, 1890-1930, Building the City Beautiful

Sunday March 20, 2022
In 2014 architect Richard Fleischman completed a nearly 10-year project for Dr. and Mrs. Blackstone creating a private residence with a concert hall for a vintage Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. The structure accommodates 7,400+ pipes and a console that had to have acoustic treatments to maximize the aural capabilities of the instrument.
The house located off of Lake Shore Boulevard in Bratenahl has panoramic views of Lake Erie.
Dr. Eugene Blackstone described the construction of both the house and the organ to our group of more than 60 WRAH members and guests.
More than 7400 organ pipes are enclosed in the 9000 square foot residence including an open concert hall that can seat 200.
JoEllen West, a freshman organ student at the Cleveland Institute of Music performed several pieces for us.
Sol Rizzato in the graduate program at CIM also delighted us with his his virtuoso playing.
Both musicians answered questions from the audience about the organ, music, and their future plans.
SATURDAY APRIL 30, 2022
We visited Phase II of Case Western Reserve University's Maltz Performing Arts Center.  Our Guide was Jordan Davis, House Manager. This new addition provides a state-of-the-art home for CWRU's Dept. of Theater and its renowned Masters in Fine Arts Acting Program.   Photography by Sarah Klann and Steve Kish.