WRAH 2015 SPRING SCHEDULE

WESTERN RESERVE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

CLEVELAND, OHIO

A Chapter of the SOCIETY of ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

Date:               Sunday March 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Subject:           Early Visions of Ohio, 1765-1865
Speaker:          Christopher Busta-Peck, Exhibit Curator & Cleveland Historian
Place:              Dunham Tavern Museum Barn, 6709 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103
 
 This program is jointly sponsored by WRAH and The Dunham Tavern Museum. Our speaker, Mr. Christopher Busta-Peck, is the author of Hidden History of Cleveland (The History Press, Charleston, SC, 2011) and host of the "Cleveland Area History" blog (www.clevelandareahistory.com).  He is an avid collector of visual documentation related to the Western Reserve and Ohio, inspired in part by questions from youngsters he meets during his day job as a youth services librarian for Cleveland Public Library.  He will discuss paintings, prints, ceramics and other media that will be included in "Early Visions of Ohio, 1765-1865" an exhibit he is curating for the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.  The center is located in Lancaster, Ohio and the exhibit will be on view from August 24, 2015 thru January 15, 2016. He and his wife also have an ongoing project restoring their 1926 brick Tudor home in Shaker Heights.
Directions: Please look at the Dunham Tavern Museum website www.dunhamtavern.org
Please RSVP with reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Thursday, March 12.
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Date:                Sunday April 19, 2015  1:30-3:30 PM
Subject:           Tour of the Tudor Arms Hotel, (Now Doubletree by Hilton)
Speaker:          Steven Pittman, Front Office Manager
Place:               10660 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 
                         Complimentary Valet parking in front of hotel on Carnegie

Tudor Arms Hotel - a DoubleTree by Hilton, is listed in the Historic Hotels of America.  It was built in 1929 and designed by famed Architect, Frank Meade. It was originally built in the Tudor Revival style for the Cleveland Club as an elite men's oasis and decorated with murals by local artists. It was an entertainment haven from 1930's to the 50's and featured famous Jazz performers. It did survive the Great Depression and World War II as a club and became a hotel. In l960, it was purchased by Western Reserve University and used for graduate housing. After standing empty for some time, in 2011 it was obtained by MRN Ltd. and Hilton Hotels, and the structure restored unmasking its bygone glory.  Our speaker Steven Pittman was a part of the planning and conversion team and will be giving us a tour of the Grand Ballrooms, the Lobby and Public Rooms and a sample of the 157 beautifully updated Guest Rooms. Anyone wishing to enjoy one of the dining rooms, before or after the tour, would be welcomed.
Directions:   The Tudor Arms Hotel is at the corner of Carnegie Ave and Stokes Blvd.  It is one block south of Euclid Avenue and one block east of East 105th St. cater corner from John Hay High School.
Please RSVP with reservations to Sarah Klann at (216)226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netaero.net by Thursday, April 16. _______________________________________________________________________________________
Date:               Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 PM
Subject:           Visit to the Baseball Heritage Museum & Tour of the League Park Site.
Speakers:        Morris Eckstein, Museum Administrator & Paul Volpe, City Architecture Founder
Place:              Historic League Park, The corner of East 66th Street & Lexington, Cleveland, OH 44120.
 
League Park, once the home of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Buckeyes is once again being used for baseball games.  The restoration into a city park by City Architecture was completed last summer.  The site dates back to 1891 when a grandstand with 9,000 wooden seats was built.   The park was rebuilt in 1910 more than doubling its seating capacity.  The playing field was restored to its 1920 Cleveland World Series championship configuration and was also the site of Babe Ruth's 500th home run in 1929. The park was abandoned in 1946.  It was one of 2 major league parks that never had lights installed. The site includes a new visitor center that includes public art.  The park was reopened in August 2014.  Mr. Volpe will discuss the restoration project.
The Baseball Heritage Museum founded by Bob Zimmer found a new home in the restored original ticket house and contains an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia from all leagues and eras focusing on baseball's multicultural aspects. Zimmer and his father started the collection in 1997 and Zimmer created a 501 c-3 not-for-profit to insure the collections future.  The collection includes letters, photographs, stories, uniforms and more.
Directions: Exit I-90 at East 55th St., south to Lexington Avenue, turn east to East 66th St. 
From Chester Ave turn onto East 66th St north to Lexington Avenue.
Please RSVP with reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net  by Thursday, May 7.

MEMBERS ONLY EVENT
ATTENTION:   In April, current members will receive a separate mailing with an invitation to a very special event to be held at Shaker Heights Country Club.  The Western Reserve Architectural Historians will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our organization and also the 100th anniversary of the marvelous, Meade-designed clubhouse.  The WRAH Golden Anniversary Celebration will take place on June 28th and include a presentation and tour of the clubhouse building followed by a WRAH member's only reception.  Reservation information will be included in the mailing.