Inglewood neighborhood achieves National Register status

The Inglewood neighborhood has received word that its application to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places has been approved by the National Park Service. The area is located north of Mayfield Road and is centered on Inglewood Drive and includes homes on Yellowstone, Oakridge, Quilliams, Glenwood and Cleveland Heights Boulevard.

The neighborhood will hold a celebration on Sept. 11.

Resident Diana Wellman researched the neighborhood, aided by neighbors Mazie Adams and Diana Woodbridge, and prepared the application.

"Our history is something we can capitalize on," said Wellman, "It is what sets us apart from other communities."

Eighty-one homes in the area met the historic district criteria and were the basis for the designation.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of properties recognized by the federal government as worthy of preservation for their local, state, or national significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture. For a property to qualify, it must meet one of four broad National Register Criteria for Evaluation. It must be associated with an important historic context and retain the integrity of the historic features that convey its significance. Inglewood meets three criteria: Criterion A relating to historic events, Criterion B regarding association with individuals that have made a significant contribution to society, and Criterion C – architecture.

The district’s buildings represent prominent residential architectural styles popular during Cleveland Height’s period of tremendous growth and transition from a rural landscape to a suburb of Cleveland. The homes encompass popular styles and building technology ranging from the early to mid 20th century, and include significant homes designed by prominent Cleveland architects. 

"It is exciting for Cleveland Heights to be recognized on a national level," said Kara Hamley O'Donnell, historic preservation planner for the City of Cleveland Heights. "We have so much that is worthy of recognition in this city."

Hamley O'Donnell said that the city has another nomination that is currently being reviewed by the State of Ohio's Historic Preservation Office: Grant Deming's Forest Hill neighborhood.

"These are grass-roots efforts led by individual citizens," said Hamley O'Donnell, "this is not imposed from above, but something the residents really want. They are willing to put countless hours into researching and documenting their historic neighborhoods."

The City of Cleveland Heights will install three Inglewood Historic District markers placed at major entry points to the district:  to the south, on the island where Oakridge and Inglewood come together; to the east, on Montevista near Oakridge; and to the west, on Yellowstone at Oakridge. 

The celebration will be held on Friday, Sept. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. on the island where Oakridge and Inglewood roads meet. Mayor Ed Kelley and Councilwoman Bonnie Caplan will make remarks and unveil the historic district marker. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at 1390 Inglewood Drive.

"I'm really pleased with the amount of community support," said Wellman, "not just from our neighbors, but also all of Cleveland Heights. Mayor Kelley has been very supportive and so have other community organizations. Old homes are challenging at times, but they're worth it!"

Deanna Bremer Fisher is the executive director of FutureHeights and the publisher of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:30 AM, 08.20.2009