WESTERN RESERVE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

CLEVELAND, OHIO

A Chapter of the SOCIETY of ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

WRAH 2022 FALL PROGRAMS



Date:                Saturday September 17, 2022 at 1:00 PM                        
LIMITED TO 4O
Subject:         Tour of Lake View Cemetery
Speaker:        Guide provided by Lake View Cemetery
Place:        Begin at the Garfield Monument
Lake View Cemetery, is a nationally recognized landmark of historical and architectural significance, on 285 breathtaking acres.  Founded in 1869 by pioneering leaders of Cleveland, it is one of the largest and most beautiful garden cemeteries in America.  Modeled after the Victorian and Edwardian garden cemeteries, of France and England. Lake View is filled with natural landscapes and carefully designed monuments.

Wade Memorial Chapel and the Garfield Monument are featured in the tour.  Wade Chapel has one of the few remaining interiors totally designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.  The newly restored Garfield Monument features a circular tower 180 ft. high, built of native sandstone, with five bas-relief panels highlighting Garfield's life.  The President is entombed in the Monument along with his wife Lucretia.
Maps will be given out to guide both driving and walking visitors.

Parking:
   Enter at  Mayfield Rd. (2588 house number across street) Follow the white line to the left.  Just ahead, park around the Garfield Monument, where the Tour will begin at 1pm.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or email saklann@netzero.net by Monday, September 12. 
Covid-19 Restriction:  Masks may be required depending on governmental health recommendations and/or host preference at the time of the event.


Date:                Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 5:00 PM                        WRAH MEMBERS ONLY
Subject:        Rorycrest and the new book, Monuments Man       
Host:                Louis and Savery Rorimer
Place:        Rorycrest at Snakehill Farm, L.P.
18171 Geauga Lake Road, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023
The host's grandfather, Louis Rorimer, led one of the premier interior design and furniture companies in the Midwest, known as Rorimer-Brooks Studios.  He built this stone house known as "Rorycrest" in the 1920's as a home for his family and an example of his style. In 1950, his son, James Rorimer, wrote the recently re-published book Monuments Man to tell the story of his service as a monuments officer in World War II. He later became Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Louis and Savery Rorimer will offer a tour of this recently restored home and present the new edition of Monuments Man, James Rorimer's account of the quest to save artworks looted by Hitler and Nazi Germany.
References:
For additional information about The Rorimer-Brooks Studios, see Leslie Piña, A Man of Style.  For more about Snake Hill Farm, L.P., go to snakehillfarm.com. For more about Monuments Man, go to louisrorimer.com.

Directions
:  The farm entrance is located across the road from the brown house with red shutters at 18174 Geauga Lake Road, which is next to the farm's market garden, on the west side of Geauga Lake Road.  Please do not attempt to program the Rorycrest street address (18171) into your GPS, as it will lead you astray. On the other (east) side of the road is an ascending driveway flanked by stone walls at the entrance.  To arrive at Rorycrest, proceed up this driveway bearing to the right.  At the fork in the driveway, continue to bear right until arrival in front of the house, where you will be directed to the parking area. 
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or email saklann@netzero.net by Friday, October 7. 
Covid-19 Restriction:  Masks may be required depending on governmental health recommendations and/or host preference at the time of the event.


Date:                Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Subject:        Tour of a Contemporary Home built in 1989/90
Host:         Margaret Calkins, Homeowner
Place:         3345 North Park Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

3345 North Park, at the southern edge of Cleveland Heights is located across from what used to be Horseshoe Lake. It was co-designed by Ann Calkins(owner) and Al Yanda (architect) in the late 1980's and construction was finished in 1990.  Planned for aging-in-place, this contemporary (think Danish Modern) home features an open floor plan and subtle accessible features throughout.  For example, all doors are at least 36" wide to accommodate a wheelchair or scooter, there is a 0-threshold entrance, and adaptable accessible bathroom features were added when needed as Ann and Hugh aged into their 90's.  The triangular lot, which abuts the playing field of Beaumont school, is wooded and left natural giving the property the sense that one is further out "in the country" rather than in an inner-ring suburb.  The expansive back deck features a light fixture that once hung at the main north entrance of the original Cleveland Museum of Art building. Dr. Margaret Calkins, the current owner, is the daughter of the original residents and is herself a consultant in the field of environments for elders.

Parking is available on North Park Boulevard, in front of the house.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or email saklann@netzero.net by Friday, November 4. 
Covid-19 Restriction:  Masks may be required depending on governmental health recommendations and/or host preference at the time of the event.


NOTE:  TIME CHANGE ON APRIL 30 PROGRAM, NOW 11:OO AM!