WRAH FALL PROGRAM 2015
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WESTERN RESERVE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

CLEVELAND, OHIO

A Chapter of the SOCIETY of ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS


Date:                 Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 AM.
Subject:            Tour of The Nine:  Breuer Tower, Heinens Rotunda Building, Swetland Building
Speaker:           Jim Wamelink, Vice President of WR Restoration
Place:                Meet at the East 9th Street entrance to Heinens

The transformation of the former Marcel Breuer-designed Cleveland Trust tower, the Rotunda and the Swetland Building into apartments, a hotel, offices, and a grocery store in downtown Cleveland was completed in 2015 by Geis Companies. The over- $170 million redevelopment project was a monumental achievement not only because of the short turnaround time but also through successful combination of historic restoration, structural modifications, contemporary interior design, and functional work - all during simultaneous construction of the new County Administration Building next door.  For 26 months, construction crews ran two and sometimes three shifts at the buildings to ensure that the redevelopment would be completed in less time than it takes many other downtown rehabilitation projects to get moving.
Designed by George Browne Post, architect of the New York Stock Exchange, and built between 1905 and 1908 as the Cleveland Trust headquarters, the Rotunda building is the older part of the banking complex. This included the 1971 addition of the Cleveland Trust tower, designed by Marcel Breuer as his tallest building actually constructed. The Swetland building, on Euclid Avenue, was designed by Searles, Hirsh & Gavin and built in 1910.  The 9 was honored in 2015 by the Celebration of Preservation Awards Committee for "Outstanding Preservation Achievement."
Again, The 9 complex is at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East Ninth Street, in downtown Cleveland.  Heinens is at the corner, while the Metropolitan hotel and apartments faces East Ninth.  There are many parking options in the immediate vicinity.  Taking public transit is, of course, also a viable option for some.
Please RSVP for reservations to Sarah Klann at (216)226-2820, e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Friday, September 4th
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Date:                 Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM
Subject:            Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Speaker:           Dr. George Parras, Past President, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation
Place:                
Shaker Heights Public Library, Main Branch, 16500 Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44120.

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, organized in 1916, are an architectural and landscape treasure celebrating the ethnic heritage and diversity of Greater Cleveland.  In the last decade, new gardens have been built and many of the existing gardens have been restored and/or expanded. Dr. George Parras, former president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, has been an advocate for the Gardens for many years and will present the history of the Gardens with a pictorial tour of this unique resource.  This program is being co-sponsored by the WRAH and Shaker Heights Public Library.
Directions:  The library is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Van Aken Boulevard and Lee Road.  The entrance of the parking lot is on Lee Road.
Please RSVP with reservations to Sarah Klann at (216)226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netaero.net by Friday, October 2.

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Date:                 October, 2015 Actual Date To Be Announced Later
Subject:            The New Cleveland Rowing Complex
Speaker:           To Be Determined
Place:                The Foundry, 1831 Columbus Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Details about this event will be mailed separately in September.
Opening this fall, "The Foundry" is a $9 million project recasting a dozen old buildings as a collegiate and youth boathouse, year-round, fitness center with an indoor rowing tank, and banquet center. The rowing complex will include 500 feet of riverfront for docks for launching boats and green space available for public use.  Funded by MCPc Family Charities as well as Mike and Gina Trebilcock, the project has been described by Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO, as "the exact kind of strong public/private partnerships that will continue to bolster redevelopment in the city's urban core." After a presentation regarding the history of the site and tour of the complex, those in attendance who are interested may stroll across the street to nearby Rivergate Park and patronize Merwin's Wharf, a delightful, riverfront restaurant operated by the Metroparks. 
Directions:  The Foundry is located in the Flats industrial area on the Columbus Road peninsula and is accessible from the north or south via Columbus Road.
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Date:                 Sunday November 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Subject:            Cleveland Institute of Art - new unified campus
Speaker:           Grafton Nunes, President
Place:                1610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

Cleveland Institute of Art's George Gund Building (completed in 2015) was designed by the Philadelphia-based Stantec architectural firm to be an ideal space for learning about, making, and exhibiting art in its many forms. The new building is adjoined to CIA's Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts (a building designed by the renowned American industrial architect Albert Kahn as a Model T Ford assembly plant, completed in 1915, and added to the state and national registers of historic places in 1976). The new, four-story, 80,000-square-foot George Gund Building features glass and metal facades meant to echo the form of Kahn's historic building, but not its style. The building's floor plans were designed to maximize flexibility of use, enabling the college to accommodate growth and shrinkage of various majors over time. A four-story atrium, topped by a skylight, occupies the space between the two buildings, with three bridges spanning the 100-year gap. On the first floor, the 3,400-square-foot Reinberger Gallery, with its curved glass entrance, will host public exhibitions of artwork throughout the year and includes a "black box" theater for film shorts and digital art installations. Also on the ground floor, the 300-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater serves as the college's auditorium and as the new home of CIA's year-round, internationally acclaimed Cinematheque film program. Nationally celebrated Boston Light & Sound designed and installed the state-of-the art lighting, 7.1 Dolby surround-sound, and 4K projection systems for the new theater, which has its own, dedicated entrances.
Parking is available off East 117th St. & Euclid Ave., follow red brick road.  The lot runs along the east side of the George Gund Building.  The entrance is on that side.  We will meet in the Lobby.
Please RSVP with reservations to Sarah Klann at (216)226-2820, e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Monday, November 9.