WRAH FALL PROGRAM 2018
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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.
Directions: Meet by the front steps facing Cedar Road. If it's raining we'll meet in the lobby off the east entrance. Closest parking is available in the east parking lot. Metered public parking is available behind the Cedar-Lee Theater.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail email@example.com by Tuesday, Nov. 6.
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.
Directions: The CUDC is located on the north side of Euclid Avenue just west of Playhouse Square. Ample on-street and off-street parking is located nearby.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, Oct. 9.