2017 Spring Program
WESTERN RESERVE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

CLEVELAND, OHIO

A Chapter of the SOCIETY of ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

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

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.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Tuesday, March 28.


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.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Tuesday, April 25.


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.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Tuesday May 30.