Ribbon cutting for Grant Deming’s Forest Hill Historic District is Monday, Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m.

This past spring, the National Park Service listed “Grant Deming’s Forest Hill Allotment Historic District” on the National Register of Historic Places. The district lies generally in an area bounded by Euclid Heights Boulevard, Washington Boulevard, Lee Road, and Coventry Road. With 654 major structures, the district is the largest in Cleveland Heights to achieve National Register status.

Grant Deming conceived the idea for Forest Hill shortly after the turn of the twentieth century and named it for John D. Rockefeller’s private estate three decades before Rockefeller developed his own Forest Hill subdivision on the Cleveland Heights–East Cleveland border. Deming’s Forest Hill, now 101 years old, features a curvilinear street plan notable for its architectural eclecticism melding Arts and Crafts, Tudor, Colonial, Prairie, Neoclassical, and other influences.

Signs will be placed at several entries to the district.

A short ribbon cutting to celebrate the Grant Deming Forest Hill Historic District will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 1, at the sign near the Coventry Library/PEACE Arch and Washington Boulevard. Invite your friends and neighbors to celebrate the national recognition of this distinctive Cleveland Heights neighborhood.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Coventry Library meeting room.

Kara Hamley O'Donnell is the historic preservation planner for the City of Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 12:21 PM, 10.28.2010