Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM WRAH MEMBERS ONLY
Subject: The Staley-Turben House
Hosts: Susan and Jack Turben
Place: 6363 Lake Road West, North Madison, Ohio 44057
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Mr. and Mrs. Karl A Staley and constructed over a two-year period beginning in 1950, the Staley-Turben House is a fine example of Wright "Usonian" style. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of less than a dozen houses in Ohio designed by the well-known architect, the house was built using stone quarried from the nearby Mill Creek in Madison. Purchased by Susan and Jack Turben from the original owners in 1983, the Turbens donated a preservation easement on the house to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservatory in 2014 and gifted the home to University School in a life estate in 2019. Susan and Jack Turben will lead a tour of the house and will discuss its design, construction, and history. The Turbens have donated various materials, including original drawings and photographs of the house, to the Western Reserve Historical Society, which now constitute the Mr. and Mrs. Karl A. Staley House Collection.
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Subject: Tour of Center Brook Manor
Hosts: Roger & Heather Peterson
Place: 8745 State Route 45, North Bloomfield, OH.
Built by: Charles Brown and Julia King Brown in 1845.
This unique home listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Charles Brown Gothic Cottage features an exceptionally intact interior considering its age. The interior features original windows with interior shutters. The architecture was inspired by Julia's trips to Europe prior to her marriage. The house was built in 1845 with solid walls of laid up planks and is situated on a hillside set well back from the state road. It originally was a 110-acre farm. It was an important stop on the Underground Railroad as the Browns were ardent abolitionists. Charles Brown was instrumental in the founding of Hiram College and signed the original charter. In 1859, Charles and Julia sold the house to her brother, Leicester King. In the last 50 years it has been little changed even though several families have occupied it. The Petersons purchased the house three years age and are making necessary upgrades but not changing the original features.
Date: Saturday April 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Subject: Maltz Performing Arts Center Phase II
Speaker: Jordan Davis, House Manager
Place: 1855 Ansel Rd. at intersection with E.105th St. Cleveland, OH
Phase II of the Maltz Performing Arts Center was created through partnerships between Case Western Reserve University, Temple Tifereth Israel and likeminded philanthropic leaders. 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, plus an important partnership with the Cleveland Playhouse. The new Phase II additions are: a Black Box Theater, the Proscenium Theater seating 250 and the Grand Atrium Foyer and Café. New backstage areas include practice rooms, costume and scene shops. These additions enhance the reputation of the performing arts at the University. Phase I Silver Hall will also be included in the tour.
Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Blackstone Residence Pipe Organ
Hosts: Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Blackstone
Place: The Blackstone Residence, 9721 Lakeshore Blvd. (at Spring Bank Lane), Bratenahl, OH
In 2014 architect Richard Fleischman completed a nearly 10-year project for Dr. and Mrs. Blackstone. The challenge was to create a private residence with a concert hall for a vintage Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. The structure had to accommodate 7,400+ pipes and console and had to have acoustic treatments to maximize the aural capabilities of the instrument. The 9,000- square-foot structure's exterior walls are constructed of steel I-Beams and plate glass. No solid walls obstruct views in the concert hall. One looks up to a skylight roof 43 feet overhead, and outwards to grassland and Lake Erie. Inside, copper colored organ pipes are grouped in sculptural configurations. Special paints, curved surfaces, and wide spatial dimensions accommodate long sound waves and heighten reverberations. Following a tour and comments by Dr. Blackstone, students from Cleveland Institute of Music will play the organ for us.
Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 1:30 PM
Subject: Cozad-Bates House
Speaker: Elise Yablonsky, Planning Director, University Circle, Inc.
Place: Cozad-Bates Interpretive Center.
11508 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Subject: A Tour of Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, Ohio
Speaker: Lynn Zocolo, Mill Creek MetroParks Educator
Place: Lanterman's Mill main parking lot on East Park Drive
Limited to 24 attendees, Cost of Tour $10
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Edgewater Beach House, Wendy Park Bridge, Former Cleveland Coast Guard Station
Speakers: David W. Craun, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Bialosky Cleveland
Sean E. McDermott, P.E., Chief Planning and Design Officer, Cleveland Metroparks
Place: Edgewater Beach House, Edgewater Park
7600 Cleveland Memorial ShorewayCleveland, Ohio 44102
Date: Sunday, June 6, 2:00 PM
Subject: A Tour of Harcourt Manor
Special Conditions: This is a "Members Only"event, and limited to the first 20 members to sign up.
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Subject: Tours of Kent State University exhibits about design and conflict.
A part of KSU's 50th Commemoration of the May 4, 1970 shooting
Speakers: Dr. Taraneh Meshkani, Assistant Professor of Architecture
Sarah Rogers, KSU Museum Director & Dr. Sara Hume, Associate Professor of Fashion
Place: College of Architecture & Environmental Design
The School of Fashion, Kent State University (Kent Main Campus)
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm Limited to Members
Subject: Hangar Recreation Association: An Art Deco Masterpiece
Speakers: Charles Bolton, Owner & Sarah Winter, General Manager
Place: Hangar Recreation Association
Designed by Abram Garfield and built in 1930, this private club is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Called "a gem" by noted local architect, Paul Westlake, the structure was originally constructed as part of the Dudley S. Blossom estate. The facility was the subject of a detailed article by Evelyn Theiss in the Plain Dealer in 2012 (and currently available on cleveland.com). Mr. Bolton and Ms. Winter will discuss the history and architecture of the HRA and lead a tour of this magnificent building. Refreshments will follow. Reservations required and limited to current WRAH members.
Directions: The Hangar Recreation Association is located at 24400 Cedar Road, Beachwood, OH 44122 on the south side of Cedar and a short distance west of Richmond Road. The tour requires ascending and descending several steps.
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm Limited to 30 Members
Subject: A Tour of the Rowfant Club
Speakers: David Novak, Librarian & Jim Schilling, President
Place: The Rowfant Club
The Rowfant Club occupies what is believed to be the oldest continuously occupied house in Cleveland - The 1838 Merwin House that was designed by Charles Heard who was also the builder of the Old Stone Church on Public Square. The club was named for Rowfant, the home of Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821-95) near Crawley, Sussex, England. He was a writer of light verse and a leading book collector of his time. They are a bibliophilic club with a large library and a wide range of art collected since their founding in 1892. There will be opening lecture by David Novak, club librarian and remarks by Jim Schilling, club president. Following that, attendees can tour through the building where club members will answer questions about the art, furnishings and architecture. The visit will conclude by 3:30 pm. Refreshments will follow.
Date: Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Subject: Ornament & Virtue: How Our Buildings Shape Us
Speaker: Matthew McNicholas, AIA
Place: The Union Club, Wedgewood Room
Could your building make you healthier, smarter and happier? Matthew McNicholas, AIA, discusses how Ornament - that which beautifies our built environment and adds grace to our buildings - plays a far more important role in our everyday experience than previously understood or acknowledged. Mr. McNicholas will demonstrate the science-based case for the use of Ornament in architecture, while covering some of its various benefits for humanity. The cost of the presentation is $25.00. There will be a cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres. This event is a joint meeting of the WRAH and ICAA.
Date, Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm Subject, The New Health Education Campus of CWRU and the Cleveland Clinic
Speaker, Jean Seneff, MSPOD, Director of Academic Administration
Health Education Campus of CWRU and the Cleveland Clinic
Place, The Samson Pavilion
Dedicated this year, the Samson Pavilion is the centerpiece of the new Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University at the Cleveland Clinic. This magnificent, 478,000 square foot structure, designed by Foster + Partners of London in conjunction with DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky of Cleveland, houses 2,500 students from the CWRU medical, dental and nursing programs and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine under one roof to facilitate a team approach to both health education and patient care. This $500,000,000 building features a large, central courtyard on levels one and two surrounded by an auditorium, class and meeting rooms, laboratories, as well as a library. Faculty offices and room for future expansion are found on levels three and four. Ms. Seneff will lead a tour of the Samson Pavilion highlighting notable aspects of the facility as well as its relationship to the new Health Education Campus.
Date, Saturday, June 15, 2019, 10:30am
Subject, The 1828 Elam Jones House, The Early Trumbull County Clock Industry The 1821 Peter Allen Inn, Gem of the Western Reserve
Speaker, Chris and Diane Klingemier, Homeowners, Restorers, Collectors
Place, Hartford, OH and the Peter Allen Inn, Kinsman, OH
The day will start at 10:30am in Hartford, OH with a tour of one of the best restored early Western Reserve homes that also includes a fine collection of antique furnishings and decorative items. A recent addition was added to house the extensive collection of Trumbull County clocks. Mr. Klingemier received his master's degree from Youngstown State University with his thesis on the history of the clock industry in Hartford and its environs. He teaches classes on historic preservation at YSU. Following the visit we will drive to the Peter Allen Inn, about 20 minutes to the north, in Kinsman, OH for lunch and a visit to one of the grandest houses in the Reserve. In 1821, Dr. Peter Allen hired architect Willis Smith of Connecticut to construct his home. This would become Smith's most memorable accomplishment and a jewel in the Federal Neo-Classical style. The building was recently completely restored and is now a two room bed and breakfast and fine dining destination.
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1:00pm
"Landscape Architecture tour of Eastman Reading Garden, Public Square and Perk Park"
Charles Frederick, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Kent State University
The tour will begin at 1:00pm in the Eastman Reading Garden, adjacent to the Cleveland Public Library,
525 W. Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH.
Downtown Cleveland is known for its remarkable architecture, but it also has several urban spaces designed by nationally- and internationally-recognized landscape architects. Join us on Saturday, May 18th for a guided walking tour of the Eastman Reading Garden, Public Square and Perk Park. The Eastman Reading Garden at the Cleveland Public Library was designed collaboratively by LAND Studio, Olin Partnership and Maya Lin, in an effort to incorporate both public art and exterior spaces into the Louis Stokes building. James Corner Field Operations and LAND Studio converted Public Square's four separate quadrants into one unified public space, thereby making it more pedestrian-friendly, while still maintaining much of the vehicular traffic through the site. Thomas Balsley Associates, who partnered with Jim McKnight, transformed Perk Park from a sunken Brutalist plaza into a lively 21st century urban space.
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM
"A Century of Landscape Design around the Cleveland Museum of Art: From the Fine Arts Garden to the Nord Family Greenway and Doan Brook Restoration Project"
Jeffrey Strean, Director of Design and Architecture, Cleveland Museum of Art
Place, Cleveland Museum of Art, Lower Level, Classroom A, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH
The recent completion of the Nord Family Greenway and Doan Brook restoration project have opened new vistas around the Cleveland Museum of Art complimenting the original 1928 design of the Fine Arts Garden. The new east-west promenade and creation of new parkland abutting the brook unify the grounds of the museum with both Rockefeller Park and the Maltz Performing Arts Center of CWRU. Mr. Strean will discuss the history of landscape design around the museum including the recent developments. A walking tour of the area around the museum will follow the talk. Comfortable shoes are suggested.
____________________________________________________________________________ Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2:00pm
"East 105th & Euclid - Cleveland's Iconic Crossroads"
Place, Dunham Tavern Barn, 6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH
The area, also known as Doan's Corners, began as a stagecoach stop on the road from Buffalo. By the first half of the 20thCentury it had become an entertainment mecca offering Clevelander's a taste of New York City high life featuring lavish theaters and posh hotels. By the 1970's it was the flash-point for battles with the city's power structure. Today it is part of the sprawling campus of Cleveland Clinic. The program includes audio clips from famous celebrities who performed in the neighborhood.
Mr. Sutcliffe is a life-long Clevelander, a Cleveland Heights resident and a retired executive. Over the past nine years he has made over 300 "Lost Cleveland Memories" presentations at public libraries, senior centers, community centers and historical societies in the Cleveland, Akron, Lorain, and Lake County areas.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Architectural Tour of Cleveland Heights High School - recently renovated, restored, expanded
Eric J. Silverman, former School Board Trustee, Past Executive Director of Heights High Alumni Foundation
Cleveland Heights High School, Cedar and Lee roads in Cleveland Heights
Heights High opened in 1926. Designed by Warner & McCornack, the Tudor Collegiate Gothic building, like most of its era, was conceived to allow for expansion over time. A 1930 addition matched exactly, which could not be said for later additions in 1950, 1962 and 1972. The '62 addition famously blocked the view of the original building from Cedar, while the 1972 renovations significantly altered the look of the building in employing interior colors of dubious choice that spoke very much to their era. As part of a district-wide renovation plan, CH-UH voters supported Phase I of the latest plan with a $157,000,000 bond issue to renovate Heights and two middle schools. Heights had all additions removed and the interior gutted to the concrete and steel frame with key surviving architectural elements retained. These include clay tile floors, staircases with original banisters and balusters and the 1,200 seat auditorium with a detailed, coffered ceiling. Replacement windows were designed to match the original style. In addition to LED lighting, a solar-ready roof and hybrid geo-thermal system have transformed Heights from being a grossly energy-inefficient building to an amazingly green facility.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
The Cleveland Athletic Club Building
Tina Vespucci, Vice-President, J&S Management Company, Inc.
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) of Kent State University
1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Designed by the architectural firm of J. Milton Dyer, the Cleveland Athletic Club was constructed in 1910-1911. The structure was unusual in that it was built upon a pre-existing building already under construction on the Euclid Avenue site. The fifteen-story structure was faced in white terra cotta and featured a ballroom, a number of sleeping and private rooms, a gymnasium, bowling lanes, and a near-Olympic length swimming pool. Vacant for a number of years, the building, through the efforts of the development partners and Sandvick Architects, is now being refurbished and repurposed into luxury apartments with preservation of many of the historic features. Ms. Vespucci will discuss the history of the building and the current project. After her talk, the group will cross Euclid Avenue and tour the building.
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
CWRU's center for innovation and entrepreneurship, the think[box]
James Duber, Sarah Duber
Richey Mixon Building, CWRU campus
CWRU's center for innovation and entrepreneurship is located in the 7 story, 50,000 square-foot Richey Mixon Building which was the Lincoln Storage building. The Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] resides within this newly renovated facility and provides space for anyone to tinker, design, construct and creatively invent. The first five floors have been renovated and include 3-D printers, laser cutters, waterjet cutter, milling machines for metals and wood, printers for a variety of media, soldering stations, design studios, meeting rooms, offices, project spaces and collaboration spaces. Studio Techne is the architectural firm that designed the interiors, the walkway to Veale, the addition, and the exterior renovation and alterations. James Duber is the principal at Studio Techne and managed each phase of the project. He and his daughter Sarah will present a history of the Lincoln Storage Building with photos of the building from its beginning and discuss the design and construction of the think[box] project. After the presentation, Mr. Duber will lead a tour.
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Tour of the Lorain Lighthouse, the "Jewel of the Port"
Members of the Lorain Lighthouse Foundation
Lorain Harbor, Lorain, OH
On October 22, 1913, Congress appropriated $55,000.00 to build a light-and-fog station at Lorain Harbor. Construction was begun in 1916 and the light was placed in service in 1917. When completed in 1919, it consisted of a basement, 3 floors and the lantern room. The lighthouse had its own unique signal with the timing of the foghorn and the duration of the fourth order Fresnel lens lit by an incandescent oil vapor lamp. The lamp was converted to electricity in 1932. It was manned by the US Lighthouse Service until 1939 when the US Coast Guard took control. It was decommissioned in 1965 and scheduled for demolition that year. Community groups and interested citizens worked for over a decade to save the structure and restore it for tours. The light house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The Lorain Lighthouse Foundation and the Lorain Port Authority jointly manage the "Jewel of the Port". The lighthouse can only be approached by boat and is not handicap accessible.
Directions: Depart from Dock "A" (Transit Dock) Jackalope Lakeside Restaurant, 301 Lakeside Ave, Lorain, OH 44052
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
The Kirtland Temple
Professor Elwin Robison, PhD, College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Kent State U
The Kirtland Temple 7809 Joseph Street Kirtland, OH 44094
The Kirtland Temple is the first permanent building constructed by the Mormon faith. One of the larger structures in northeast Ohio when it was completed in 1836, it has a unique format with two congregational spaces one over the other. The plan was developed by the faith's leaders, Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick Williams. These men reported receiving a vision of the building, which they described with crude drawings and a written description. Experienced craftsmen then worked out the details of the building. Many of these details came from Asher Benjamin's Practical House Carpenter. Stone was quarried from local ravines, and a sawmill was built in the Kirtland Flats at the base of the hill to provide lumber and millwork______________________
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Laura DeMarco, Author and Plain Dealer writer
Lauren Hansgen, Curator, Cowan Pottery Museum
Rocky River Public Library 1600 Hampton Road Rocky River, Ohio 44116
Published in 2017, Lost Cleveland by Laura DeMarco is an exquisitely-crafted book with photographs of vanished buildings and scenes from Cleveland's past accompanied by stories that bring these images to life again. Ms. DeMarco, recipient of the 2018 Society of Architectural Historians Western Reserve Award, will talk about the ideas, the research process, and the writing that brought this book into print. Upon completion of the author's presentation, Lauren Hansgen, curator of the Cowan Pottery Museum housed in the library, will lead us on a tour of the collections and discuss the history of the pottery which began in 1912 and closed as a result of financial stresses caused by the Great Depression. The pottery went bankrupt in 1931. The collection features over 1,200 pieces of this distinctive form of American Art Pottery.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
The Starr Mansion and The Hickories
Bill Bird, Former Executive Director, Lorain County Historical Society
Lorain County History Center 284 Washington Avenue Elyria, Ohio 44035
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. After a tour of the Starr House and gallery tour, attendees will travel 0.2 mi. north to The Hickories, 509 Washington Avenue, where the program will resume.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
The New Children's Museum of Cleveland
Kelsey Tarace, Director of Education
The Historical Stager-Beckwith Mansion, 3813 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 441
Join us for a tour of Cleveland's newest museum in one of the last mansions on Euclid Avenue's Millionaires Row. Built as a private home in 1866, it became the University Club in 1898 and the club closed in 2003. From 2004 until 2007 the building was the home of Myers College. The Children's Museum purchased the site in 2014 when the lease on their University Circle home was not renewed so a high rise apartment building could be built. A two year intensive adaptation into the new function was completed in November 2017 when the building opened to the public. Featuring interactive exhibits and several rooms of doll houses, we will be able to channel our inner child. We have received a special dispensation to visit without being accompanied by a child. There will be a $5.00 fee per person.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
The Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-1937
Steven Rugare, Associate Professor, KSU School of Architecture and Environmental Design
Pamela Eyerdam, Manager of the Fine Arts and Special Collections, Cleveland Public Library
Special Collections Department, Main Branch, Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
A celebration of the industrial prowess of the eight states bordering the Great Lakes, the Exposition occupied a large tract of lakefront land to the north of Municipal Stadium and the Mall. Comprised of five major structures as well as host of smaller buildings and exhibits, the architecture featured modern design and construction techniques as well as innovative lighting methods. While the buildings erected for the Exposition were temporary, many permanent infrastructure improvements were made to and around the site including completion of The 1903 Group Plan formulated by Daniel Burnham. Professor Rugare will discuss this important event in the history of Cleveland, and Ms. Eyerdam will display various artifacts and memorabilia from the Exposition.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
The Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant
Robert M. Bonnett, P.E., Superintendent
Administration Building, Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant
14021 Lakeshore Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
The Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant is located on the east side of Cleveland on the shore of Lake Erie and provides sewage treatment for residents and businesses in the northeastern portion of the city and adjacent suburbs. The plant began operations in 1908 with major construction at the site occurring between 1935 and 1937. The facility is constructed in Art Deco style and features four massive air blowers, manufactured by the Ladal Company of Trenton, that have been in operation for nearly eighty years. Almost 100 million gallons of wastewater are treated at the Easterly plant each day. Mr. Bonnett will discuss the treatment process and lead a tour of the facility.
SPECIAL MEMBERS ONLY VISIT TO A MID-CENTURY MODERN HOME
IN THE CHAGRIN VALLEY
Sunday, October, 8, 2017, late afternoon
Date: Saturday September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Subject: Hub 55- A neighborhood revitalization
Speaker: Alexander Pogrebinsky, Director of Operations
Place: The Goldhorn Brewery, 1361 East 55th Street, Cleveland, OH 44103
Join us for a tour of one of Cleveland's newest craft breweries and the centerpiece of the Hub 55 development sparked by owner Rick Semersky. We will see the murals in Sterle's event center and hear the vision for this neighborhood renewal. that includes the Lakeshore Banking and Trust building as a fine dining venue. Executive chef, Natasha Pogrebinsky, will prepare a special chicken paprikash lunch for us. The Pogrebinsky siblings recently returned from Long Island City, NY where they ran the "modern Russian" restaurant Bear. Lunch will follow the tour and will cost $20.00. That will include the tax and the gratuity. Begin the fall season of WRAH programs at the Goldhorn Brewery and enjoy some of the newest cuisine and original beer in Cleveland.
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Subject: Tour of the Museum, Library & Reproduced Home
Speakers: Library & Museum Staff
Place: National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, 40 N. Main St. Niles, OH 44146
Parking is behind the library on N. Arlington Ave.
Originally begun by Joseph G. Butler, Jr. as a Memorial to his lifelong friend, 25th President of the United States William McKinley, the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial was designed in the Greek Classic style by the noted American architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White. The building's design was rendered by Gerald Holmes and John Thompson, of McKim, Mead and White's firm. The building is designed to resemble a Roman temple, consisting of two wings on either side of a central court containing a heroic statue of William McKinley. The front entrance features twelve monolithic ionic columns. The building features the largest collection of sculptures by noted American sculptor John Massey-Rhind. Massey-Rhind completed thirty-six of the forty bronze busts located throughout the building and courtyard, as well as the heroic statue of McKinley in the central court. Construction by the John h. Parker Company of New York began on September 9, 1915. The building houses a public library in one wing, and an auditorium with museum in the other wing. Dedicated on October 5, 1917, the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial is the first Presidential museum.
Date: Saturday, April, 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Subject: The Restoration of the Schofield Building
Speaker: Jeff Smith of StudioCRM, the architecture firm hired to conduct the restoration.
Place: Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), 1309 Euclid Ave.
The tour will immediately follow the lecture.
Completed in 1901, The Schofield is named for its original architect and owner. It stands at downtown Cleveland's major crossroads of Euclid and Ninth. A 1960's curtain wall covered the building's original fourteen-story Late Victorian façade, destroying many of its details. The adaptive reuse completed in 2016 included removing the curtain wall and completely restoring the original historic exterior. Inside, vacant office spaces were converted into boutique hotel and residential suites positioned to optimize views of Lake Erie and downtown. They are served by a new ground floor lobby and restaurant which have reactivated the street along this block.
Date: Saturday April 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Subject: Quicken Loan Offices, Higbee Building
Speaker: Dima Daimi, Designer dPOP Detroit, MI.
Place: Meet in the entry to Terminal Tower off Public Square
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM MEMBERS ONLY
The beloved Higbee building in downtown Cleveland is enjoying some renewed life, like the adjacent Public Square, due to renovations creating new offices for Quicken Loans. A blend of new and original elements creates a thoroughly contemporary design for 450 employees on the fourth and half of the fifth floors in the building. A 40 foot by 60 foot portion of the fifth floor was removed to unify the spaces on the two floors. Four crystal chandeliers and a grouping of display cases, original to the building, will bring back memories of the grand shopping experiences of days gone by. These, along with an in house fitness center, a gaming area, and employee collaboration areas, are shaping the next phase in the long life of the Higbee building.
Subject: American Greetings new world headquarters in Westlake's Crocker Park
Speakers: Elie Weiss, President of Real Estate at American Greetings Corporation
Will Krause, Assistant Planning Director, City of Westlake
Place: Gallery W, American Greetings Creative Studios, One American Boulevard,
Westlake, Ohio 44145. At Crocker Park on the first floor of the American Greetings Building Below the giant rose, off Main Street.
We will assemble at Gallery W, American Greetings first open-to-the-public gallery space dedicated to celebrating exceptional Cleveland-based artists. We will then tour the new 660,000 square foot, five-story world headquarters of this 110-year old, family owned business rooted in Cleveland. The company's purpose "to make the world a more thoughtful and caring place" is physically embodied throughout their new facilities. The building was designed by CallisonRTKL, a Baltimore based architectural firm which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arcadis NV, an international company. RTKL designed both Fifth Third Center and the postmodern Chase Financial Plaza next to Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland in 1991. Notable features of their design for American Greetings includes a three story interior courtyard open to the sky which provides indoor/outdoor space for their approximately 1,700 associates, and a translucent "fin" on the rear of the building which houses a giant rose sculpture which terminates a vista down Main Street of Crocker Park. American Greetings associates collaborated in the design of the sunlit, spacious, high-ceilinged, building which is meant to maximize collaboration and creativity. The second to fifth floors of the building are normally restricted only to employees.
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (FIRST 25 WHO RSVP)
Subject: Lewis Field Historic District Tour at NASA Glenn Research Center
Speakers: NASA Glenn staff
Place: Meet and park at main gate house of the NASA Glenn Research Center off of Brookpark Rd.,
21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44135
NASA Glenn is celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2016. Participants on the tour will be viewing a new video about the NASA Glenn campus as it developed from the 1940s, a bus tour of the Lewis Field Historic District, a tour of the Zero Gravity Facility (a National Historic Landmark) and a visit to their gift store. They recently started a history walk in the front part of their campus. We will stop there and look at another piece of history, the Centaur G rocket and view the historic markers.
DUE TO SPECIAL SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS YOU MUST ARRIVE 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE TOUR BEGINS. A BUS WILL TAKE YOU INTO THE NASA CENTER. Adults 18 years of age and older must bring their government issued photo identification (state identification/driver's license or U.S. military identification with them to check in with NASA Glenn Security. If you are a legal Permanent Resident of the United States of America, you must also bring your Green Card in addition to your government issues photo identification. At the end of the tour, a bus will be provided to take tour participants back to the main gate parking lot.
Directions: Exiting from I-480 from the West: Exit at Grayton Road and turn right (south) onto Grayton Rd. Turn right (west) Brookpark Rd. Exiting from I-480 from the East: Exit at Brookpark Rd. and turn right (west) onto Brookpark Rd.
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:15 PM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Subject: Connecting Schweinfurth, CWRU, and Cleveland in Historical Context
Speaker: Helen Conger, M.A., C.A., Archivist, Case Western Reserve University
John J. Grabowski, Ph.D., Krieger Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History, CWRU
Place: Special Collections Department, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU, 11055 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The program will convene in the KSL Special Collections Department where Ms. Conger will discuss the architectural holdings of the University focusing on materials related to Charles Schweinfurth, who designed several buildings on the campus. She will also address the history of architectural education at the University including information about the WRU School of Architecture which closed in 1953 and CWRU Department of Architecture which ceased operation in 1972. Various related items from the special collections and archives of the university will be on display. At 2:15 PM the meeting in the library will adjourn, and the group will reconvene at 2:30 PM in the Harkness Chapel, located on the old Flora Stone Mather Quad, a short walk from the library. One of Schweinfurth's finest creations, the chapel, dedicated in 1902, is a grand, soaring space with several Tiffany windows. At the chapel, Professor Grabowski will address the broader social and historical context of the Schweinfurth structures on the campus, will touch on some of the important stories that connect the structures to the history of Cleveland and the University, and will discuss how the career of Mr. Schweinfurth became so interwoven with the city and its premier academic institution. A short tour of nearby Schweinfurth-designed buildings will follow the talk.
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 1:30 PM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Subject: The new Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University
Speakers: Bill Willoughby, Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Brett Tippey, Program Coordinator for Architectural Studies
Place: The Center for Architecture and Environmental Design is located at 132 Lincoln St. in Kent
For the past decade, Kent State University and the city of Kent have been collaborating to establish physical, cultural and economic connections between city and university. In this effort, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) has played a significant role: since 2006 CAED's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative has developed a multi-phased master plan to guide this town/gown relationship, and now the latest piece, the new Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, is complete (www.kent.edu/caed/new-home-caed). This building, designed by Weiss/Manfredi (New York) and Richard L. Bowen & Associates (Cleveland), houses all of CAED's undergraduate programs, several graduate programs and the Construction Management program under one roof, for the first time in CAED's history. Conceived as a 'design loft', the building is a catalyst for cross-disciplinary collaboration for students, faculty and staff. It is also designed for USGBC LEED Platinum status; its geothermal heating system, passive daylighting strategies, efficient water consumption/recycling and green roof (among other features) rank it among the most sustainable and innovative buildings in Ohio. On this tour you will see the 'design loft' studios, gallery/exhibition spaces, faculty areas, state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and the new architecture library, with its impressive views of the new downtown Kent.
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 1:30 PM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Subject: An Introduction to the Rare Architectural Collections of the Cleveland Public Library
Speakers: Pam Eyerdam, Manager of the Fine Arts and Special Collections
Kelly Ross Brown, John G. White and Special Collections Librarian
Ann Marie Wieland, Archivist for the Cleveland Public Library
Place: Special Collections Department of the Cleveland Public Library, Main Branch
325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
The Cleveland Public Library is a significant repository for items of architectural interest from late nineteenth and early twentieth century Cleveland. Some of the materials archived include The Arthur Nelson Oviatt Collection encompassing technical drawings and plans of residential structures by this noted local architect; The Howell and Thomas Collection with 650 sets of drawings from homes, schools, churches, and commercial structures built not only in Cleveland and its environs but also throughout Ohio; and The Charles Schweinfurth Architecture Collection including rare early works, trade catalogs, and view books. Also preserved at the main library are architectural drawings and correspondence relating to the construction of library branches throughout the city. Many of these items will be available for viewing as the speakers discuss the architectural treasures housed in the library.
Directions: The main branch of the Cleveland Public Library is located on north side of Superior Avenue just to the east of Public Square. Both on-street and off-street parking are available nearby.
Date: Saturday May 7, 2016 at 1 PM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Subject Maltz Performing Arts Center
Speaker: Jason Cohen, Director of Facilities and Operations
Place: 1855 Ansel Rd. at intersection with E. 105th St. Cleveland
The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple - Tifereth Israel at Case Western Reserve University is a project of renovation and a repurpose. This iconic Cleveland building originally designed by Charles Greco of Boston is a gorgeous mix of old and new, restoration and imagination, state-of-the art technology and rich respect for classical architecture. The American Institute of Architects' "Guide to Cleveland Architecture" rightly likens the building's design to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
The tour will include the vestibule, Silver Hall, a control booth and recital hall as well as the exterior which has been cleaned and "repointed" with fresh mortar. Throughout the tour, you will be educated on the elements of design that were included for acoustical purposes, including a 66,000 pound glass and steel canopy. You will also see how the sanctuary has been sensitively renovated and preserved. This is a project that is unique in the nation and another gem in the treasure that is University Circle.
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Subject: Allen Memorial Art Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright Weltzheimer/Johnson House
Speaker: Jason Trimmer, Eric & Jane Nord Family Curator of Education
Place: On Oberlin College's Tappan Square, at the Intersection of Ohio Route 58 (N. Main St.)
and Route 511 (E. Lorain St.), Oberlin, Ohio.
The Allen Memorial Art Museum is comprised of two buildings --- a 1917 building designed by Cass Gilbert reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance palazzo, and a 1977 Post-modern addition by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
A series of renovation projects initiated in 2009, and costing $13.7 million dollars, has transformed the complex into a state-of-the-art LEED Gold-certified facility. The work involved removing hazardous materials, replacing the HVAC system with a new geothermal system, and enhancing the galleries with insulated ceiling glass and lighting.
The ICA of Cleveland undertook the formidable task of cleaning and restoring Gilbert's King Sculpture Court. Over its century of use, the room had darkened with dirt and grime such that the original artworks could not be seen. There are 100 square painted panels in the ceiling, 31 feet above the floor. With clerestory windows and cleaned surfaces, the sculpture court now dazzles with architectural and artistic beauty and light. WRAH visitors will see why Oberlin College is recognized as one of the top 5 college/university art museums in the country.
A private visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Weltzheimer/Johnson House follows the art museum tour. During the Depression, Frank Lloyd Wright reasoned that American families of limited means, required homes that were extremely economical in design and building materials. He wanted building sites incorporated into the design plans; as well as, the unique needs of the owners. The term "Usonian" has been given to Wright's theories.
The Johnson house was built in 1950 and is one of only 58 Usonian homes built throughout the United States. Here we'll see some of Wright's cost cutting ideas: no basement, a non-visible roof, a carport instead of a garage, and furniture, lighting and heating systems built into the structure.
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 1:30 PM MEMBERS ONLY
Subject: The Drury Hotel - An Adaptive Reuse of the Cleveland Board of Education Building
Speaker: Krisandra Lippert, Development Project Manager, Drury Southwest, Inc.
Place: The Drury Hotel (former Cleveland Board of Education Building)
East 6th Street and Rockwell Avenue (visitors assemble at the construction trailer)
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Designed by Walker and Weeks, this 85-year-old, six story, three wing, sandstone structure formerly served as the administrative headquarters of the Cleveland Board of Education. The interior is distinguished by a magnificent lobby with marble columns, arched windows, and two large murals as well as numerous, elegant, decorative accents throughout. Ms. Lippert will lead a tour of the building and talk about the history and current transformation of the structure into an upscale hotel.
Date: Sunday November 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Subject: Cleveland Institute of Art - new unified campus
Speaker: Grafton Nunes, President
Place: 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland Institute of Art's George Gund Building (completed in 2015) was designed by the Philadelphia-based Stantec architectural firm to be an ideal space for learning about, making, and exhibiting art in its many forms. The new building is adjoined to CIA's Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts (a building designed by the renowned American industrial architect Albert Kahn as a Model T Ford assembly plant, completed in 1915, and added to the state and national registers of historic places in 1976). The new, four-story, 80,000-square-foot George Gund Building features glass and metal facades meant to echo the form of Kahn's historic building, but not its style. The building's floor plans were designed to maximize flexibility of use, enabling the college to accommodate growth and shrinkage of various majors over time. A four-story atrium, topped by a skylight, occupies the space between the two buildings, with three bridges spanning the 100-year gap. On the first floor, the 3,400-square-foot Reinberger Gallery, with its curved glass entrance, will host public exhibitions of artwork throughout the year and includes a "black box" theater for film shorts and digital art installations. Also on the ground floor, the 300-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater serves as the college's auditorium and as the new home of CIA's year-round, internationally acclaimed Cinematheque film program. Nationally celebrated Boston Light & Sound designed and installed the state-of-the art lighting, 7.1 Dolby surround-sound, and 4K projection systems for the new theater, which has its own, dedicated entrances.
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:30PM
Subject: The Foundry High Performance Training Center
Speaker: Aaron Marcovy, Executive Director
Place: The Foundry, 1831 Columbus Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Opening this fall, "The Foundry" is 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. The rowing complex will include 500 feet of riverfront which will include docks for launching boats and green space available for public use. Funded by MCPc Family Charities as well as Mike and Gina Trebilcock, the project has been described by Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO, as "the exact kind of strong public/private partnerships that will continue to bolster redevelopment in the city's urban core." After a presentation regarding the history of the site and tour of the complex, those in attendance who are interested may stroll across the street to nearby Rivergate Park and patronize Merwin's Wharf, a delightful, riverfront restaurant operated by the Metroparks. Also located near The Foundry is Sainato's, a popular local dining spot.
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Subject: Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Speaker: Dr. George Parras, Past President, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation
Place: Shaker Heights Public Library, Main Branch, 16500 Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44120.
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, organized in 1916, are an architectural and landscape treasure celebrating the ethnic heritage and diversity of Greater Cleveland. In the last decade, new gardens have been built and many of the existing gardens have been restored and/or expanded. Dr. George Parras, former president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, has been an advocate for the Gardens for many years and will present the history of the Gardens with a pictorial tour of this unique resource. This program is being co-sponsored by the WRAH and Shaker Heights Public Library.
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM.
Subject: Tour of The Nine: Breuer Tower, Heinens Rotunda Building, Swetland Building
Speaker: Jim Wamelink, Vice President of WR Restoration
Place: Meet at the East 9th Street entrance to Heinens
The transformation of the former Marcel Breuer-designed Cleveland Trust tower, the Rotunda and the Swetland Building into apartments, a hotel, offices, and a grocery store in downtown Cleveland was completed in 2015 by Geis Companies. The over- $170 million redevelopment project was a monumental achievement not only because of the short turnaround time but also through successful combination of historic restoration, structural modifications, contemporary interior design, and functional work - all during simultaneous construction of the new County Administration Building next door. For 26 months, construction crews ran two and sometimes three shifts at the buildings to ensure that the redevelopment would be completed in less time than it takes many other downtown rehabilitation projects to get moving.
Designed by George Browne Post, architect of the New York Stock Exchange, and built between 1905 and 1908 as the Cleveland Trust headquarters, the Rotunda building is the older part of the banking complex. This included the 1971 addition of the Cleveland Trust tower, designed by Marcel Breuer as his tallest building actually constructed. The Swetland building, on Euclid Avenue, was designed by Searles, Hirsh & Gavin and built in 1910. The 9 was honored in 2015 by the Celebration of Preservation Awards Committee for "Outstanding Preservation Achievement."
Date: Sunday, June 28th, 2015 2:00 PM
Subject: Celebrate the golden anniversary of the WRAH
Speakers: Ken Goldberg, Matthew Moriarty
Place: Shaker Heights Country Club in the 1915, Meade-designed clubhouse.
The Western Reserve Architectural Historians in conjunction with the Shaker Historical Society will celebrate the golden anniversary of the WRAH on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2pm. The event will take place at the Shaker Heights Country Club in the 1915, Meade-designed clubhouse.
Mr. Matthew Moriarty, club historian, will commemorate the centennial of the clubhouse with a lecture about the architecture of this exquisite, 16th century English-style structure.
Date: Sunday, May 17. 2015 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Visit to the Baseball Heritage Museum & Tour of the League Park Site.
Speakers: Morris Eckstein, Museum Administrator & Paul Volpe, City Architecture Founder
Place: Historic League Park, The corner of East 66th Street & Lexington, Cleveland, OH 44120.
League Park, once the home of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Buckeyes is once again being used for baseball games. The restoration into a city park by City Architecture was completed last summer. The site dates back to 1891 when a grandstand with 9,000 wooden seats was built. The park was rebuilt in 1910 more than doubling its seating capacity. The playing field was restored to its 1920 Cleveland World Series championship configuration and was also the site of Babe Ruth's 500th home run in 1929. The park was abandoned in 1946. It was one of 2 major league parks that never had lights installed. The site includes a new visitor center that includes public art. The park was reopened in August 2014. Mr. Volpe will discuss the restoration project.
The Baseball Heritage Museum founded by Bob Zimmer found a new home in the restored original ticket house and contains an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia from all leagues and eras focusing on baseball's multicultural aspects. Zimmer and his father started the collection in 1997 and Zimmer created a 501 c-3 not-for-profit to insure the collections future. The collection includes letters, photographs, stories, uniforms and more.
Date: Sunday April 19, 2015 1:30-3:30 PM
Subject: Tour of the Tudor Arms Hotel, (Now Doubletree by Hilton)
Speaker: Steven Pittman, Front Office Manager
Place: 10660 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
Complimentary Valet parking in front of hotel on Carnegie
Tudor Arms Hotel - a DoubleTree by Hilton, is listed in the Historic Hotels of America. It was built in 1929 and designed by famed Architect, Frank Meade. It was originally built in the Tudor Revival style for the Cleveland Club as an elite men's oasis and decorated with murals by local artists. It was an entertainment haven from 1930's to the 50's and featured famous Jazz performers. It did survive the Great Depression and World War II as a club and became a hotel. In l960, it was purchased by Western Reserve University and used for graduate housing. After standing empty for some time, in 2011 it was obtained by MRN Ltd. and Hilton Hotels, and the structure restored unmasking its bygone glory. Our speaker Steven Pittman was a part of the planning and conversion team and will be giving us a tour of the Grand Ballrooms, the Lobby and Public Rooms and a sample of the 157 beautifully updated Guest Rooms. Anyone wishing to enjoy one of the dining rooms, before or after the tour, would be welcomed
.Date: Sunday March 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Early Visions of Ohio, 1765-1865
Speaker: Christopher Busta-Peck, Exhibit Curator & Cleveland Historian
Place: Dunham Tavern Museum Barn, 6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103
This program is jointly sponsored by WRAH and The Dunham Tavern Museum. Our speaker, Mr. Christopher Busta-Peck, is the author of Hidden History of Cleveland (The History Press, Charleston, SC, 2011) and host of the "Cleveland Area History" blog (www.clevelandareahistory.com). He is an avid collector of visual documentation related to the Western Reserve and Ohio, inspired in part by questions from youngsters he meets during his day job as a youth services librarian for Cleveland Public Library. He will discuss paintings, prints, ceramics and other media that will be included in "Early Visions of Ohio, 1765-1865" an exhibit he is curating for the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. The center is located in Lancaster, Ohio and the exhibit will be on view from August 24, 2015 thru January 15, 2016. He and his wife also have an ongoing project restoring their 1926 brick Tudor home in Shaker Heights.
Directions: Please look at the Dunham
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Subject: Discussion of the Book, "Cleveland goes Modern" by its Authors
Speakers: An evening with cultural historian Nina Freedlander Gibans & James D. Gibans, FAIA,
along with architect Jack Bialosky Sr.
Place: Shaker Heights Public Library, 16400 Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44120.
Authors of the recently published, Cleveland Goes Modern, Design for the Home, 1930-1970, the Gibanses' book is an outgrowth of a 2007 exhibit of the same name. The exhibit featured architectural drawings and photographs of modern homes in Northeast Ohio designed by Cleveland area architects. The book, along with discussion gleaned from oral interviews, features the work of these early and later modern architects that include Ernest Payer, Robert Little, Robert Madison and Richard Fleischman.
Mr. Bialosky, also one of the architects included in the book, helped pave the way for other architects through his projects for modern residential architecture in Shaker Heights. His 2009 AIA award winning firm, Bialosky & Partners is known nationally for its residential, commercial, industrial and recreational projects.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Date: Sunday Oct. 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Tinkham Veale University Center
Speaker: Randall Barnes, General Manager
Place: 11038 Bellflower Rd, near the corner with East Blvd.
Parking: Severance underground lot, CIA lot, CMA garage, nearby streets.
The Tinkham Veale University Center situated at 11038 Bellflower Rd is the newest building on the CWRU campus, designed by architects Perkins & Will (known for 'landscraper' designs), the 100% donor-funded University Center is designed to foster interaction and community for CWRU students, faculty, staff and the larger University Circle audience. Built with 2 public levels, the 83,000 square foot facility accommodates student spaces, an amphitheatre, CWRU department offices, a food court (featuring MELT University), a high-end restaurant and a 7,500 square foot ballroom. One of two primary entrances features a media wall, with an interactive digital art display designed by a CWRU graduate. The lower section of the media wall is touch interactive to learn more about the campus, the university, events and the larger University Circle community. The facility is LEED certified silver, and features an air curtain, which captures the sun's heat and releases it before it heats the interior space. The internal temperature is managed through radiant floor heating and cooling as well as chill beam technology. The green roof and automated window shade system also assists in managing the building's heating and cooling expense. Designed to maximize natural light, the building's walls are made of glass, giving the facility a glowing effect at night, and creating spectacular views of the surrounding area during the day. The building is named after Case Institute of Technology graduate, Tinkham Veale II.
Date: Saturday September 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Downtown Kent Redevelopment Tour
Speaker: Douglas Fuller of David Sommers Associates, Kent, OH
Place: Meet at 138 East Main Street in downtown Kent, on the second floor, Helen Dix Conference Room
We will meet and get a general overview and then take a walking tour. Douglas has been involved in the new design guidelines for development and in new and renovation work.
The Historic Downtown Kent Revitalization, taken as a whole, is a collaboration that truly represents a "partnering and leveraging of resources to complete a project with a positive, lasting impact in the community." With $106 million (and growing) in public and private investment, the project has transformed the downtown into a pedestrian friendly, dynamic, economically viable city center.
On the public side, the City of Kent, in addition to creating the vision for a revitalized downtown, was crucial in the process of land acquisition, developer identification, project design concepts and overall project oversight.
Kent State University, under the leadership of President Lester Lefton, was the driver of the idea of creating a more complete college town. They worked alongside the city to promote the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center (owned by the Kent State Foundation), an anchor project for the downtown development. They also extended the University Esplanade, a physical connector, joining the campus to the downtown.
Date: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Subject: WRAH Planning Meeting / Ice Cream Social
Place : Mitchell's Ice Cream (Ohio City)
1867 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Constructed in 1919, The Rialto Theater was a popular cinema and vaudeville venue on the near West Side. Mitchell's Ice Cream recently repurposed this structure into a retail store and production facility with a gallery for observation of the ice cream making process. All WRAH members and their guests are invited to an ice cream social to celebrate the beginning of summer - members free & guests $5.00. A planning session for the fall schedule will take place immediately after the social - all are encouraged to attend and bring their program ideas and calendars.
Date: Sunday May 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Subject: Saint Luke's Tour
Speaker: Wayne Mortensen, Director of Development and Design
Place: Shaker Blvd. & East 116th St. Cleveland, Ohio
The Saint Luke's Hospital complex was designed by Hubbell & Benes and built in 1927 as a private hospital. Once known for its research facilities and nursing school, it was a neighborhood beacon with its prominent bell tower. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. After standing empty since the summer of 1999, efforts to redevelop the site began in 2005, and a recent grant focused on repurposing the building for affordable senior housing. Now recently completed, Saint Luke's Manor, features 139 apartments for seniors. Pennrose Group and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress have nearly finished the last phase of adaptive reuse of the east wing that has LEED certification. It includes a K-8 Intergenerational Charter School, a Boys and Girls Club, and an Early Childhood education facility; as well as restoration of common spaces, exterior courtyards, new office spaces, and adaptive reuse of the Auditorium.
Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Subject: The 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Civil War Museum
Speaker: Deb Wagner, Curator
Place: 5501 E. Lake Road, Sheffield Lake, Ohio 44054
In 1907, the 103rd O.V.I. Association purchased four acres of lakefront property in Lorain County for their annual reunions. A number of structures were built including a kitchen, mess hall, and dance hall/community room as well as a number of cottages. Originally constructed for seasonal use, many of the buildings have been winterized and now are continuously occupied by descendents of the founding members. The structure housing the museum was originally built by the 103rd O.V.I Civil War veterans to serve as a barracks during their reunions. About 40 years ago the building was restored and became the permanent home for the museum. Ms. Wagner will conduct a tour of the museum as well as of the grounds.