Date: Sept. 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Subject: Tour of Transformer Station (Contemporary Art Gallery)
Speaker: Executive Assistant to the Director, Fred Bidwell
Place: 1460 West 29th Street, Cleveland's Ohio City, 44113
Built by the Cleveland Railway Co. in 1924, this simple brick cube building with sandstone base and detailing was an example of the city's growing industrial and technical progress. It provided electrical power for the city's streetcar system.
The Akron collectors of contemporary photography, Fred and Laura Bidwell, planned to repurpose the building and add an annex to showcase their growing collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art wanted to expand their photography holdings, and saw a partnership with the Bidwell Foundation project as a unique way to realize their mission to bring original contemporary arts exhibits to the west side of Cleveland and serve as an adjunct facility to the Cleveland Museum of Art.
We will have a private tour, before the galleries open to the public, and see both the original building and the new annex.
After the tour, you will have an opportunity to join the Sparx City Hop. The Transformer Station has been chosen this year as one of the stops on the Ohio City Green Line segment. Free rides on Lolly the Trolley will take you on a trip around the unusual historic and architectural sites in the area. Wristbands and information will be available at the Transformer Station stop.
There is free parking in the lot next to the Station and on side streets.
Please RSVP with your tour reservation to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by Wednesday, September 18.
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM
Subject: Architectural Tour of Dover Township - Founding Homesteads to a Lustron Home.
Speakers: Will Krause, Steve Kish, Ginny Peterson, Lysa Stanton & others
Place: We will meet in the Porter Room at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road,
Westlake, Ohio 44145.
Dover Township, first settled by non-Native Americans in 1810, eventually became the cities of Bay Village and Westlake.
Join us at Porter Library for a brief presentation on the early 20th century Sears homes recently identified in these two communities as well as a look at an all steel mid-20th century Lustron home in Westlake. The tour will begin with a stop at the c. 1828 Stocking home which was moved several hundred feet in 1920 to make room for an outstanding Sears kit house. We will then visit the c. 1876 National Register listed Victorian Italianate Clague House Museum, the c. 1898 National Register listed Richardsonian Romanesque Lawrence mansion now part of the Cashelmara condominium complex, and the BAYArts campus in Huntington Park which features the former Huntington Estate's classic Arts & Crafts bungalow grounds-keepers cottage, c. 1894 Irene Fuller Victorian home, and original 1882 Dover train station. All of these buildings have been re-purposed, three have been seen worldwide either due to their connection to the famous 1954 Sam Shepherd murder case, or because their preservation included a trip on a barge. The program will conclude at 5:00 PM with an optional dinner at Vento La Trattoria located within the charming Dover train station mentioned above, which is within the Metroparks Huntington Reservation at 28611 Lake Road, Bay Village, Ohio. The restaurant is willing to stay open just for us on a Sunday evening as long as we have at least ten confirmed reservations by Saturday, October 12, cash only.
Please RSVP with your restaurant reservation to Will Krause at 440-864-5784 by Saturday, October 12.
Please RSVP with your tour reservation to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by Wednesday, October 23.
Directions: The library is located near the southwest corner of Dover Center and Center Ridge Roads, with entrances on both streets. This intersection is the geographic center of Westlake. Freeway access from either the Columbia or Crocker interchanges of I-90 or I-480. The simplest way to get to Porter Library is to take the southbound exit of I-90 onto Columbia Rd. through the Detroit Rd. and Hilliard Blvd. intersection to Center Ridge Rd. Turn right. Continue westbound on Center Ridge Rd. through the Canterbury Rd. and Dover Center Rd. intersections. Turn left into the Porter library parking lot.
The driving tour concludes at the BAYArts campus on Lake Rd. about four miles from Porter Library.
Date: Sun. Nov. 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Subject: Tour of the College Club of Cleveland
Speaker: Jill Jefferis, Co-author of the House Tour Guide
Place: 2348 Overlook Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
First Part: We will explore the architectural history of the house, its past residents and uses. It was designed in 1903 for William & Lida Alexander by Franklin Meade and Abram Garfield in the new Euclid Heights exclusive development for Cleveland's wealthy. Alexander was a successful industrialist. To accommodate their three children and servants, the residence provided 22 rooms and a large carriage house at the rear. The Arts and Crafts Style is a prevailing theme. As you enter, the Grand Staircase is in the Art Nouveau foyer. The home welcomes visitors with cherry paneling, a parlor with designs by the famed artist, designer August Biehle, leaded glass windows in three styles and metallic glazed tiles. We will visit all three floors of this unique home that entertained the cream of Cleveland society.
Second Part: Subject: Walking Tour of "The Overlook"
Speaker: Ken Goldberg, board member and former WRAH president
The tour will explore the three blocks of Overlook Road planned in the 1890's as the premier residential boulevard of the new Euclid Heights. The National Historic District, Herrick Mews, will be included. The physical remnants from the past , and appropriate illustrations of former buildings will be available to help imagine what is long gone. Ken Goldberg, is on the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission and Trustee of the Cleveland Heights Historical Society.
Please RSVP with your tour reservation to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by Wednesday, November 13.
There is free parking in the lot next to the College Club