Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Subject: "The 1934 Westinghouse House of Tomorrow"
Speaker: Scott Schaut, Curator, Mansfield Memorial Museum
Place: 6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, Dunham Tavern Museum Barn
"Westinghouse House of Tomorrow" In 1931 Westinghouse proposed to build from scratch the first all electric-home. It would be used as a training facility to help promote the use of electrical appliances. During the height of the depression this was an innovative idea that would keep many employees working and promote sales of appliances for the Mansfield Appliance Division. The lecture will focus on the construction of the house and the co-operative efforts of the Westinghouse Mansfield Plant and the Good Housekeeping Institute to create a home, "that would make the housewife's job easier and convenient". Many original photos and artifacts will be on display. The talk will also present the innovations that were developed for the construction that could be incorporated in today's homes. Many of the appliances were prototypes that led to actual Westinghouse appliances. From conception to completed construction took a little more than a year. On February 21, 1934 the dedication took place with great fanfare and tens of thousands of people came to inspect this new concept. Lowell Thomas was there and gave his weekly radio broadcast from the house. Shortly after the Westinghouse house was built General Electric, not to be outdone, attempted an all-electric home. Unfortunately, it did not have the innovations that the Westinghouse house had and faded into history. The "House of Tomorrow" still stands in Mansfield and is now a private home. Part of the purpose of this lecture will also focus on the collaborative efforts of different companies to invent and build new technology that helped change the attitudes of the population towards electricity and the ease of using electrical appliances to save time and money. The construction of this endeavor in a short period of time could give lessons to today's businesses of what might be accomplished in today's hard times.
Directions: Dunham Tavern Museum is located at 6709 Euclid Avenue and is 15 minutes from downtown and 5 minutes from University Circle. The program will be held in the Red Barn. Free parking is available on the grounds.
Please RSVP with your reservation to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by Thursday, March 14.
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM & 2:30 PM
Subject: Uptown Condo Tour followed by a tour of the New Museum of Contemporary Art
Speaker: Condo representative & MOCA Guide
Place: Euclid Avenue & 115th St., Euclid Avenue & Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
1:00 PM Uptown Condo Tour - Euclid Ave. & 115th St. Meet in the Arcade between Constantino's and Starbucks. Our guide will show us an available condo in the complex developed by MRNLtd and designed by Natoma Architects of San Francisco. There is paid parking behind the complex off 115th St.; first half hour free, then $1 per hour- pay at Lot Pay Station.
2:30 PM MOCA Tour -- Euclid Ave. & Mayfield Rd. The new permanent home of the Museum of Contemporary Art was designed by Farshid Moussavi Architect (FMA). This is her first United States commission and her first museum. The building is 34,000 square feet in 4 stories and 44% larger than the previous rented MOCA space. Founded in 1968, MOCA is a non-collecting institution and as such has very different space needs. Meet in the lobby where our tour will feature the planning, engineering, construction, and unique materials used in the museum. Plan to spend time in their Design Shop. Museum Admission $ 8.00 adults, $ 6.00 seniors.
Restaurants along the Uptown Corridor are open before and after our tours
Please RSVP with your reservation to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by Wednesday, April 24.
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM.
Subject: Historic Kirtland- The Mormons in the early 19th Century Western Reserve
Speaker: Meet at the Historic Kirtland Visitor Center
Place: 7800 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland, OH 44094 www.historickirtland.org
The Kirtland Visitor Center oversees the historic Kirtland Village. Extant buildings reflect the period of 1831-1837 --- the years in which the prophet Joseph Smith established the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, in Kirtland. WRAH's visit will include a guided tour of five properties: the Johnson Inn, the Newel K. Whitney Store, the Newel K. and Elizabeth Ann Whitney Home, the ashery, and the sawmill. All are within a short walking distance from the Visitor Center.
The original Mormon Temple, located on a promontory ¼ mile south of the restored village complex, is not included in the WRAH program. Information on Temple tours is available at www.kirtlandtemple.org and (440)256-1830.
Directions: Please note: State Routes 306 and 615 have been reconfigured to allow a contiguous Historic Kirtland village.
From the East or West: Historic Kirtland is located 1 mile southeast of the I-90/Rte306 exit #193. Take Rte. 306 southeast towards Kirtland one mile to Rte.615N/Chillicothe Road. Turn left and go .2 miles to Kirtland-Chardon Road, turn right, go over the bridge, turn right. The Visitor Center entrance is just ahead on the right.
From the South: Take Rte. 306 to Kirtland. The original Temple can be seen on the left. As you go down the hill turn right at the first traffic light, go over the bridge, turn right and proceed a short distance to the Historic Kirtland parking lot. Meet at the Visitor Center for the start of the tour.
Please RSVP with your reservation to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 by Monday, May 13.
Sunday, March 10
, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. there will be a special showing of the film Incessant Visions
at Park Synagogue, 3300 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH. It is a documentary illuminating the life of Erick Mendelsohn, architect of the synagogue through letters exchanged with his wife. After its showing, the filmmaker, Duki Dror's will be there to discuss the film followed by a tour of Park Synagogue. The synagogue was completed in 1950 and is an example of modern synagogue architecture of that period.