WRAH SPRING PROGRAM 2016

WESTERN RESERVE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

CLEVELAND, OHIO

A Chapter of the SOCIETY of ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

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.
Directions:
  The Drury Hotel is located to the north of the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library.  Both on-street and off-street parking are available nearby.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by
Monday, March 14.  Reservations are mandatory and attendance will be limited to WRAH members only
(membership information at www.wrah.org).
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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.
Directions:
  Assemble at the main entrance to the Allen Memorial Art Museum
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Thursday, April 14.

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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.
Directions
:.  Parking is available for The Maltz Performing Arts Center at 1855 Ansel Road.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Wednesday, May 4.
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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.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Wednesday, June 8.