Heights History

Lee Road Library hosts October Heights history talks

This October, the Cleveland Heights Historical Society and Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission partner with Heights Libraries to offer presentations that delve into Heights neighborhoods, architecture and more, to highlight the Heights’s storied past, current issues and future direction. All programs take place at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road.

Rockefeller's Forest Hill Neighborhood

Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

Learn about the Forest Hill development, its connection to the Rockefeller family, its unique and varied architecture, and plans to list the entire neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places. Presented by Sharon Gregor, Jeff Dross and  Christopher Hubbert.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:21 AM, 09.30.2014

Fairmount Presbyterian's Women's Guild celebrates a century of service

The Women’s Guild of Fairmount Presbyterian Church is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. For the last century, guild members have been meeting for fellowship, study, charitable giving and service.

To honor this milestone, the guild has invited the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, vice-moderator of the General Assembly—the ruling body of the Presbyterian denomination—to lead the church’s worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9. The services will “lift up” the gifts of women to the church.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 4:45 PM, 10.30.2014

Heights historical photo of the month

Some things never change! Kids having fun on the playground at Canterbury Elementary School in 1933.

This photo was selected by the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering, preserving and promoting the diverse character and traditions of Cleveland Heights. For more information, and to view additional historical images, visit www.chhistory.org or www.facebook.com/clevelandheightshistorical.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 AM, 10.30.2014

Heights historical photo of the month

In 1941, the Heights Theater on Euclid Heights Boulevard, in the Coventry neighborhood, advertised Humphrey Bogart's movie "The Wagons Roll at Night" on its marquee. The theater opened in 1919 and showed films up until the 2000s.  

This photo was selected by the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the diverse character and traditions of Cleveland Heights. For more information, and to view additional historical images, visit www.chhistory.org or www.facebook.com/clevelandheightshistorical.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 2:52 PM, 09.29.2014

Heights historical photo of the month

"Give me an H!" The Cleveland Heights High School band performs on its home field during a 1936 football game. East Derbyshire Road can be seen in the background.  

This photo was selected by the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the diverse character and traditions of Cleveland Heights. For more information, and to view additional historical images, visit www.chhistory.org or www.facebook.com/clevelandheightshistorical.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 1:32 PM, 08.28.2014

Heights historical photo of the month

Built in 1923, the Alcazar (Spanish for "Home in a Fortress") Hotel was the first suburban hotel in the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area, with its 175 apartments primarily serving a residential and family clientele. In addition to its residential role, the Alcazar provided space for a wide variety of entertainment. In the 1920s and '30s, the hotel advertised Saturday night dining and dancing, tea dances, musicals and dance school recitals. 

Architect H.T. Jefferey chose a design that reflects Moorish buildings in Spain, and was directly inspired by the Alcazar and Ponce de Leon hotels in St. Augustine, Fla.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:18 AM, 07.31.2014

Heights historical photo of the month

A Fourth of July parade makes its way down Sycamore Road (then paved with bricks) in the 1920s. 

This photo was selected by the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the diverse character and traditions of Cleveland Heights. For more information, and to view additional historical images, visit www.chhistory.org or www.facebook.com/clevelandheightshistorical.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.02.2014

Heights historical photo of the month

This is what the southwest corner of Cedar and Taylor roads looked like during the 1930s. The building is the same but the tenants, of course, have changed since then. In the photo, Miller's Pharmacy and soda fountain is on the corner, next to the Boulevard Fruit and Vegetable Market. Before the advent of the supermarket, residents did their produce shopping in small neighborhood shops such as this one.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 11:21 AM, 05.30.2014

Heights historical photo of the month

Summer fun in Cleveland Heights is by no means a new phenomenon. In this photograph from the 1950s, several Cleveland Heights High School students pose during a picnic at Cumberland Pool, which has been a summertime destination for the city's youth since it first opened in 1927.  

This photo was selected by the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the diverse character and traditions of Cleveland Heights. For more information, and to view additional historical images, visit www.chhistory.org or www.facebook.com/clevelandheightshistorical.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 2:02 PM, 05.05.2014

Register in April for May preservation month events

May is National Preservation Month and this year’s theme, chosen by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.”

The annual May event is observed by small towns and big cities across the country, and the 2014 theme, according to the National Trust, “is meant to excite current supporters and introduce new audiences” to the work being done to enrich and preserve what makes a community special.

In Cleveland Heights, the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, the Cleveland Heights Historical Society and the Heights Libraries partner to present the city’s preservation month. This year, five programs are designed to inform attendees about the history of this community and Greater Cleveland, and provide information on how to protect and preserve the architecture and homes that make the Heights special.

The events are free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required for all events.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:01 AM, 04.01.2014

Heights historical photo of the month

The view looking up the hill to Fairmount Boulevard from Cedar Road hasn't changed much since this photo was taken on a snowy day in 1919. The house, built by real estate developer Barton R. Deming in 1914, still stands today, though some adjoining structures are now gone. Also gone are the streetcar tracks running through the median. Bus service replaced the Fairmount Boulevard streetcar line in the late 1940s. 

This photo was selected by the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the diverse character and traditions of Cleveland Heights. For more information, and to view additional historical images, visit www.chhistory.org or www.facebook.com/clevelandheightshistorical.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 3:18 PM, 03.31.2014

Michael Rotman is CH Historical Society's first director

The Cleveland Heights Historical Society (CHHS) has appointed Michael Rotman as its new executive director. A resident of the city’s Cedar Fairmount neighborhood, Rotman previously worked at the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, where he developed content for the Cleveland Historical mobile app and collaborated with teachers to use technology to integrate the region’s history into classroom curricula.  

Rotman plans to further the CHHS mission of preserving and promoting the diverse history of Cleveland Heights by enhancing its website (www.chhistory.org) to showcase the society’s resources and collections for audiences from around the world, through ongoing collaborations with community members and organizations to stage periodic local history presentations; and through publication of the quarterly CHHS newsletter.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 12:06 PM, 10.31.2013

Christ Our Redeemer to hold jazz benefit

Christ Our Redeemer Church, located at 14284 Superior Road in Cleveland Heights, will be holding a "Raise the Roof" benefit featuring live jazz at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, to raise funds for badly needed building repairs.  

The church, designated as a Cleveland Heights Landmark, has stood on the corner of Superior and Hampshire roads for more than 100 years. The main structure was built in 1904 by the Church of the Saviour congregation (which later moved to its current location on Lee Road), and is currently home to Christ Our Reedmer AME Church, led by Pastor Melvin Blackwell. Unfortunately, the building's roof and tower are in need of repairs. Rev. Blackwell has even had to contend with pigeons in his office.

Tickets to the event are $8 at the door. For further information, contact Rev. Blackwell at 216-280-6156.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 11:43 AM, 09.18.2013

Presentation about mid-century houses at the Lee Road Library

Mary Ogle of the Cleveland Restoration Society will present Recently Historic: Houses of the 1950s and 1960s at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road. Ogle will discuss character-defining features and rehabilitation of these unique dwellings.

Registration begins Sept. 11. Register by phone by calling 216-932-3600, or register online at www.heightslibrary.org

The lecture is presented by the Heights Libraries in partnership with Cleveland Heights Historical Society and the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:33 AM, 09.05.2013

Heights Civil Rights History Bicycle Tour Aug. 28

Heights residents are invited to join the Cleveland Heights Civil Rights History Bicycle Tour, departing from the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Arch (at the corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard) at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28—the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The tour is sponsored by the Heights Bicycle Coalition.

The tour will celebrate this significant anniversary by honoring five Cleveland Heights citizen-led groups that brought the struggle for full citizenship to their own community by challenging housing segregation and discrimination. The three-mile tour will stop at sites significant to the groups that formed between 1964 and 1973 to work for social justice.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:03 AM, 08.27.2013

May events celebrate Historic Preservation Month

“The City of Cleveland Heights recognizes and promotes our aesthetically diverse neighborhoods,” said Kara Hamley O’Donnell, historic preservation planner for the city. It is one of the reasons why the city has participated in National Preservation Month for more than 20 years.

“We are particularly proud of the fact that Cleveland Heights is home to 11 historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places,” she said. “That puts us sixth in the state, behind only Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo and Dayton.” 

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 11:14 AM, 04.30.2013

New signs mark Euclid Golf and Shaker Farm National Register historic districts

In November, the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission installed historic district signs at key entrance points to two of the city’s 11 National Register historic districts: Euclid Golf, which was listed in 2002, and Shaker Farm, which was listed in 2012. New signs for the Shaker Farm district were installed at Fairmount Boulevard and Shelburne Road, West St. James Parkway at the Roxboro schools, and Lee and Fairfax roads. The Shaker Farm district was added to the Fairmount Boulevard Historic District signs at Coventry Road and Fairmount Boulevard and at Wellington Road and Fairmount. New signs for Euclid Golf were erected at Ardleigh Drive and Fairmount Boulevard, Scarborough Road and Demington Drive, Coventry and Clarkson roads, and Demington Drive and Cedar Road. Euclid Golf was added to the existing Fairmount Boulevard Historic District sign at Coventry Road and Fairmount. The base of the sign at Fairmount Boulevard and Cedar Road was found to have rusted through, causing the sign to fall over. The city plans to replace the sign in the spring when it installs signs for the soon-to-be listed Euclid Heights Historic District.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 3:28 PM, 11.30.2012

Historic Cedar Fairmount walking tour Nov. 3

FutureHeights hosts its final 2012 neighborhood tour on Saturday, Nov. 3 in historic Cedar Fairmount.

The tour is the last of four mobile phone app-enhanced tours created by FutureHeights, with help from the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, and the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University (CSU).

On Nov. 3, Deanna Bremer Fisher and Hugh Fisher, authors of Euclid Golf Neighborhood, an Arcadia Images of America-series book, and of the National Register application for the neighborhood, will lead the tour which includes landmarks such as Nighttown and the Alcazar.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 1:06 PM, 10.30.2012

Historic tours of Heights neighborhoods scheduled for this fall

FutureHeights will host the last installments of its app-enhanced neighborhood tours on Oct. 20 and Nov. 3. They are part of four neighborhood tours created by FutureHeights, with help from the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, and the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, Mark Souther, associate professor of history at Cleveland State University (CSU) and member of the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, will lead an app-enhanced bicycle tour of Cleveland Heights's historic Noble-Monticello neighborhood. The free tour will start at Oxford Elementary School at 9:30 a.m., and end at the same location at 11:30 a.m., with a tour of the school and its WPA-era artwork. The tour will take place rain or shine.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 9:52 AM, 10.03.2012

September walks at The Lake View Cemetery

Lake View Cemetery announces three walking tours in late September.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to noon: Veterans of the Civil War Walking Tour

The Lake View Cemetery remembers the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, with this tour. Many of the brave soldiers who fought in America’s Civil War are buried at Lake View, including President James A. Garfield, who commanded the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI), and Major General Mortimer D. Leggett. Other veterans’ burial sites included in the tour are James Walker, who perished as a result of the First Battle of Bull Run; Oliver Hazard Payne, who led the 124th OVI and was seriously injured at Chickamauga; and the frail 61-year-old woman who organized the Northeast Ohio Soldier’s Aid Society. Marjorie Wilson, local historian and active member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable will lead this tour. 

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 3:12 PM, 09.14.2012

Historic Dugway Brook tour to be held Sept. 22

On Saturday, Sept. 22, Mark Souther, associate professor of history at Cleveland State University and member of the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, will lead an app-enhanced biking tour of the historic Dugway Brook watershed of Cleveland Heights. The tour will start at the main entrance to Cain Park at Lee and Superior roads, at 9 a.m.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 12:59 PM, 09.11.2012

Walking tour of historic Coventry Village scheduled for Aug. 25

This Saturday, Aug. 25, Mark Souther, associate professor of history at Cleveland State University and member of the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, will lead an app-enhanced walking tour of historic Coventry Village. The tour will start at the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Arch by Coventry Village Library at 9 a.m.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 11:04 PM, 08.19.2012

New historic district would be 11 for Cleveland Heights

The Alcazar, located on Derbyshire Road in Cleveland Heights, was the perfect venue for the June 18 presentation on Euclid Heights Historic District’s bid to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

If approved by the National Park Service, Euclid Heights would become the 11th National Register Historic District in the City of Cleveland Heights.

Like many buildings in the district—which centers on Euclid Heights Boulevard and extends north to Mayfield Road, east to Coventry Road, south to Cedar Road, and west to Overlook Road—the Alcazar is a storied building with distinctive architecture.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:16 PM, 07.01.2012

Walking Tour of Coventry? There's an app for that

On Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, FutureHeights, along with the Cleveland Heights Historical Society and Cleveland State University’s Digital Humanities Department, will host An App-Enhanced Walking Tour of the Coventry Village Neighborhood. The tour will start at Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Arch by Coventry Village Library, and will occur rain or shine.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 9:00 AM, 05.15.2012

Historic Preservation Month continues with Heights Home Preservation Lecture Series

The celebration of Historic Preservation Month in Cleveland Heights continues with a series of four lectures on historic homes at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings at the Lee Road Library. Learn how to research the history of your home, how to make an older home more energy efficient, how to incorporate historic interior design ideas into your decorating scheme, and more.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 8:52 AM, 05.17.2012

May 12 Bike Tour of Historic Districts kicks off Preservation Month in Cleveland Heights

May is both Bike Month and Preservation Month, so the Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) and the Cleveland Heights Historical Society are joining forces for a free lecture and bicycle tour of historic districts in the southern part of Cleveland Heights.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., and begins at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd. To register, call the Cleveland Heights planning department, 216-291-4878. (Rain date: May 26, same place and time.)

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 2:39 PM, 05.08.2012

Cleveland Heights's 2012 Preservation Month events

May is National Preservation Month and this year’s theme is “Discovering America’s Hidden Gems.” Here in Cleveland Heights, one month isn’t enough to celebrate all of the city’s hidden gems, so this year we’re stretching it a bit—starting in early May and continuing into July.

Preservation Month 2012 will feature seven free events co-sponsored by the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, Cleveland Heights Historical Society, Heights Libraries, FutureHeights, Heights Bicycle Coalition and Home Repair Resource Center.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 1:03 PM, 05.01.2012

Shaker Farm Historic District is officially listed in National Register of Historic Places

On Feb. 15, the Shaker Farm Historic District was formally listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This recognition was the culmination of a process involving many people at the local, state and national levels over more than two years.

The new historic district is essentially the northern portion of land acquired and occupied by the North Union Shaker Community between 1822 and 1889. Because the Shaker Colony had dwindled and aged, the land was sold in 1892. New owners donated the Shaker Lakes and land along Doan Brook to Cleveland for a park in 1896, but it took almost two decades before houses were built on the adjacent land north of the park.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 4:35 PM, 03.02.2012

An unexpected Christmas treasure

It’s been 70 years since Park School closed. Most of the former students have died or grown old, and memories of that place have grown dim.

But Christmas is a good time to remember one of the special customs of that long-gone school: The Yule-log hunt and bonfire.

Every year, just before school closed for the Christmas break, Fox Smith, our sports coach, went out into the surrounding forest, (it’s still on the grounds of Park Synagogue) to find a log for our Christmas bonfire. He would mark it with a distinctive sprig of beribboned holly. Classes would be dismissed and all the students would spread out in the woods to find the log.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 11:40 AM, 12.23.2011

Veteran honors the fallen

Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11. Some spend the holiday relaxing, while others mark the day by honoring the people who fought for our country. Cleveland Heights resident Al Oberst is one of those who puts his heart and soul into honoring our nation’s fallen heroes.  

Oberst is a veteran. He has taken it upon himself to restore the World War I memorial plaques along North Park Boulevard. The memorial, known as Liberty Row, is a nine-mile string of white oaks that run from Gordon Park, in Cleveland, to Warrensville Center Road, in Shaker Heights. The oaks—each shading a bronze plaque engraved with the name of a soldier who died in World War I—were planted beginning in 1918. Over the years, many of the oaks perished and the plaques deteriorated or were vandalized. (Learn more at http://www.chhistory.org/Places.php?PlacesContent=LibertyRow)

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 12:31 PM, 11.08.2011

Lecture and walking tour conclude Historic Preservation Month

The City of Cleveland Heights will conclude Preservation Month, a celebration of significant places that have contributed to its history, with a lecture and walking tour.

On Thursday, June 23, Korbi Roberts, independent historian, and Dr. J. Mark Souther, associate professor of history at Cleveland State University, will present “The History of Grant Deming’s Forest Hill,” a Cleveland Heights Neighborhood that was listed in the National Register of Historic Places last year. Roberts and Souther will discuss the property’s early history and its development into the neighborhood that residents know today.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 11:06 AM, 06.14.2011

Historian to lecture on Rockefeller's local legacy at Cedar-Fairmount festival on August 7

"Cleveland had a huge impact on Rockefeller’s success," said Sharon Gregor, an East Cleveland resident and author of two books about John D. Rockefeller. As part of the 10th annual Discover Cedar Fairmount Festival on August 7, Gregor will give a presentation about her research at 1:30 p.m. in the Alcazar’s music room.

Gregor says she began her research hoping to address the accuracy of the myths and legends that surround Rockefeller, the richest man in the world at the turn of the 19th century. "For example," she said, "many people believe that Rockefeller never returned to Cleveland after the 1914–15 tax dispute. In fact, he returned several times and frequently credited Cleveland for his success."

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 12:02 PM, 06.30.2011

Free walking tour showcases Cleveland Heights’ newest historic district

Cleveland Heights will soon add yet another neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of historically significant buildings and neighborhoods. The Ohio Historical Society is reviewing the nomination for the Shaker Farm Neighborhood, before sending it to the federal government for final approval.

This Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, Mary Dunbar, resident and author of the nomination, will give a brief lecture on the area’s history, followed by a walking tour of the neighborhood.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 2:03 PM, 05.24.2011

Free historic walking tour is this Saturday

Cleveland Heights will celebrate National Preservation Month by showcasing some of its historic neighborhoods. This Saturday, the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, FutureHeights and the Cleveland Heights Historical Society will cosponsor a free walking tour of one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, the Euclid Heights Allotment. 

The event takes place, Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will meet at St. Alban Episcopal Church, 2555 Euclid Heights Boulevard.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 12:18 PM, 05.16.2011

Cleveland Heights homeowners receive historic preservation award

The Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) and the American Institute of Architects-Cleveland honored Salim and Addie Hayek, the owners of 2900 Fairmount Boulevard, for the restoration of their Tudor Revival home at the annual Celebration of Preservation awards ceremony on May 10.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 10:36 PM, 05.31.2011

Cleveland Heights celebrates Preservation Month with launch of new historical app

On May 1, The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University (CSU), in partnership with the City of Cleveland Heights, rolled out a series of Cleveland Heights sites on the Cleveland Historical mobile "app." Cleveland Historical is a free mobile software application for iPhone and Android devices that curates the history of the Cleveland metropolitan area through historic and current photographs, oral history audio clips, archival film footage and short documentary films. It is available at http://app.clevelandhistorical.org.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 12:18 PM, 05.09.2011

Preservation Month celebrates treasures of Cleveland Heights

Within our nation’s communities there are significant places that have contributed to the American experience. May has been designated National Preservation Month, and this year’s theme is "Celebrating America’s Treasures." This coming May, small towns and large cities will hold events that include architectural and historic tours, award ceremonies, fundraisers, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities.

Cleveland Heights is no exception, but one month just isn’t enough time to celebrate all of Cleveland Heights’s treasures. This year, CH’s Preservation Month will start early—in late April—and continue into June.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 12:20 PM, 04.15.2011

Architects Walker & Weeks contributed to the Heights' unique character

It would be hard to overstate the significant contribution that architects Harry E. Weeks and Frank R. Walker made to the beauty of Cleveland in the first half of the 20th century.

Here’s a partial list: Severance Hall, First Church of Christ Scientist (now Nottingham Spirk Design Associates), Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Epworth-Euclid Methodist Church, St. Ann Church(now Communion of Saints Parish), Allen Memorial Medical Library, Cleveland Public Library, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Public Auditorium. These are treasures we hope we never lose.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:29 PM, 01.18.2011

Heights schools begin their second century

As the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District embarks on a review of its physical needs for the 21st century, it is a good time to look back at the buildings that have served the community’s children for the past century. Since the completion of the 1970s renovations, and construction of four new schools, the district has not constructed a new building in 35 years—the longest period in its history without new construction. Before this hiatus, there was a near-constant cycle of new school construction, first in Cleveland Heights and then in University Heights.

At the dawn of the 20th century, the township/city that became Cleveland Heights was beginning its transformation from a farming community in the hinterlands of Cleveland to a "garden suburb" of homes for people seeking to escape the city. Early districts, such as Euclid Heights, Euclid Golf, Ambler Heights and Mayfield Heights would soon be joined by numerous developments as Cleveland’s population sought larger lots away from the noise and pollution of the city center.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 11:27 AM, 12.14.2010

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.

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

Heights integration

My husband and I and our two small children moved to Cleveland from Chicago in January l963. We wanted to be near excellent schools and in an integrated neighborhood. At that time, the only truly integrated neighborhood was the Ludlow area of Shaker, which was out of our price range.

We rented half of a duplex in Cleveland Heights, on Hampshire Road. We were so happy in the Coventry School area that when we looked for a house to buy a year and a half later, we looked at houses only in that neighborhood, and we found one where we were very happy.

Five years later, my husband and I happened to see an extraordinary house for sale two blocks away. While we hadn't been looking to move, we bought that house the next day! We were thrilled.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 06.10.2010

Morton tells another important CH story

Marian Morton’s latest chronicle of Cleveland Heights, The Overlook of Cleveland and Cleveland Heights (Arcadia Publishing), is another example of the author’s skill at uncovering heretofore unpublished vintage images, and knitting them together with sound research and a good story. Aficionados of Cleveland Heights history are the beneficiaries. 

Morton covers Patrick Calhoun’s development of the Euclid Heights Allotment generally, but focuses more specifically on the westernmost portion of the allotment known as The Overlook. Falling within both Cleveland Heights and Cleveland, The Overlook largely duplicated the grandeur of Euclid Avenue, when some of that storied avenue’s most prominent residents made the Heights their new address. 

 

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 11:51 PM, 06.27.2010

Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park spring cleanup April 17

Coventry P.E.A.C.E Park, the playground at the former Coventry Elementary School in Cleveland Heights, was built in 1993 by the community using funds raised and donated by area residents. Twice each year, Coventry P.E.A.C.E.–the organization that cares for it–hosts a cleanup and maintenance event. 

The spring clean-up day is Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come for an hour or all day if you have time. Snacks and lunch will be served in the Coventry Library. Garden tools and gloves are provided. Bring your enthusiasm and the desire to keep the garden and playground beautiful.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 7:49 PM, 03.22.2010

Exploring Heights’past through maps on March 7

Take a trip back in time and explore the Heights and all of Ohio using historic maps that have been georeferenced in Google Earth, a free program that manages multiple map layers so you can easily see how locations have changed over time.

A hands-on workshop exploring these maps and the Google Earth application will be offered at the Lee Road Library on Sunday, March 7. Register in advance atwww.heightslibrary.org.
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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:33 PM, 02.16.2010

Lecture and showing of 'Les Amants' on Nov. 13

Nov. 13 marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous “bust” in Cleveland Heights history: Cleveland Heights Police raided the Heights Art Theater (later the Centrum), shut down an evening showing of "Les Amants," (The Lovers) and arrested manager Nico Jacobellis - all because of a three-minute love scene that would seem tame by today’s standards.

The Cleveland Heights Historical Society announces a free screening of"Les Amants" at the Lee Road Library, along with the opportunity to hear an accompanying lecture, enjoy free popcorn and not worry about getting arrested and having your case taken all the way to the Supreme Court, which is what happened to Jacobellis.

The event takes place Nov. 13 in the Brody/Nelson meeting room at the Lee Road Library. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m.; the movie begins at 7 p.m. The event is free, though donations or membership applications to the Cleveland Heights Historical Society are welcome.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 12:37 PM, 11.04.2009

Heights History: Picture This!

Built in 1923, the Alcazar Hotel at Surrey and Derbyshire roads was billed as “Cleveland’s most desirable residential hotel.” Designed in the Spanish-Moorish eclectic style, the Alcazar is reminiscent of Florida hotels built in the 1880s for Henry Flagler. Special guests of the hotel included George Gershwin, Jack Benny and Mary Martin. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Cleveland Heights Landmark, the Alcazar Hotel still runs as a residential hotel. 

Find out more at www.chhistory.org! The Cleveland Heights Historical Society promotes the history of our community through public programs, an informative website and fact-filled newsletters. Join today!

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 12:53 PM, 04.17.2009

Heights History: Picture this!

No Sunday golf on these links! John D. Rockefeller allowed Patrick Calhoun to use his land for an additional nine holes in his Euclid Club golf course, but only if those nine holes were not played on Sundays. Calhoun opened this first-class recreational facility in order to attract high-end home buyers to his new development in Cleveland Heights. Well-known Meade & Garfield designed the Euclid Golf Club roughly at Cedar and Norfolk, which was completed in 1901. The course was bounded roughly by Derbyshire, S. Overlook, West St. James and Demington. Check out Euclid Golf Neighborhood by Deanna Bremer and Hugh Fisher at www.euclidgolf.com.

Find out more Cleveland Heights history at www.chhistory.org! The Cleveland Heights Historical Society promotes the history of our community through public programs, an informative website and fact-filled newsletters. Join today!

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 12:57 PM, 04.17.2009

A virtual tour of Cleveland's most interesting secrets

The East Cleveland Township Cemetery is made up of 12 acres of land in University Circle. It is an area that is hardly remembered by Clevelanders even though it has been surrounded by urban legend since its founding in 1859. Finally, the fact has been separated from the fiction and the real story of the cemetery has been uncovered.

Join Nancy Fofel West, vice president and secretary of the East Cleveland Township Cemetery Foundation, and author of "To Dwell With Fellow Clay: The Story of East Cleveland Township Cemetery", as she presents a virtual, in-depth look at Cleveland and the Heights' most interesting settlers, politicians and heroes.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 12:10 PM, 07.07.2009

Cleveland Heights Mystery Photo

The Cleveland Heights Historical Center at Superior Schoolhouse, owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights, houses an archival collection of Cleveland Heights' history. Help us identify this mystery photo so that we can include it in our online photo archive at www.clevelandmemory.org/chuh. If you know the location, e-mail the address to kodonnell@clvhts.com

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 10:33 AM, 02.26.2009

Heights History: Picture This!

An “Indian Fort” in Cleveland Heights?!? No, that’s actually an observation tower built by Nathan Ambler on his estate (now the Baldwin Reservoir). Find out more about Ambler and other great estates in the Heights at www.chhistory.org! The Cleveland Heights Historical Society promotes the history of our community through public programs, an informative Web site and fact-filled newsletters. Join today!
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 12:58 PM, 04.17.2009

Genealogy is good for the soul

Genealogy is a recorded history of a person or family’s descent from an ancestor or ancestors. Soul is spiritual or emotional warmth, force or evidence. These combine well: knowing your roots and connecting with family are good for the soul.


Genealogy is also a great hobby for people of all ages, one you can stop and restart at any time. The experience can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be, and as fulfilling or frustrating.


Research choices include concentrating on one surname from a specific area, collecting old pictures, joining a local and/or national genealogy society, and collecting documents to place in a binder. You can travel to do research at a library, cemetery or birth place of an ancestor. You can use the Internet to place surname queries or create a Web site.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 11:13 PM, 02.08.2009

Heights History: Picture This!

Look familiar? The cars may have changed, but much that makes this intersection at Fairfax and Lamberton roads so beautiful remains. Developers and home-buyers in the early 20th Century were attracted to the trees, wide-open spaces and lovely architecture that helped make Cleveland Heights a great place to live (then and now!).

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 1:00 PM, 04.17.2009

Cleveland Heights Mystery Photo

The Cleveland Heights Historical Center at Superior Schoolhouse, owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights, houses an archival collection of Cleveland Heights' history. Help us identify this mystery photo so that we can include it in our online photo archive at www.clevelandmemory.org/chuh. If you know the location, e-mail the address to kodonnell@clvhts.com
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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 10:45 AM, 02.26.2009

Celebrate CH history

May is Historic Preservation Month and the last of three free events to celebrate and recognize Cleveland Heights as a special place is this week.  

Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.

“The Greenest Building is Already Built: Sustainability and Historic Preservation”

Jamie Bertram, historic preservation specialist, Cleveland Restoration Society.

Superior School House, 14391 Superior Road at Euclid Heights Boulevard.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 12:08 PM, 04.27.2009

Cleveland Heights Mystery Photo

The Cleveland Heights Historical Center at Superior Schoolhouse, owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights, houses an archival collection of Cleveland Heights' history.  Help us identify this mystery photo so that we can include it in our online photo archive at www.clevelandmemory.org/chuh.  If you know the location, e-mail the address to kodonnell@clvhts.com

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:36 PM, 04.08.2009

Heights History: Picture This!

Remember Chin's Pagoda restaurant, which stood on the west side of Lee Road between Washington and Derbyshire?  The restaurant stood in the area of 2100 Lee Road from 1941 to about 1970.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 6:37 PM, 02.16.2009

Cleveland Heights Congregations provides rare glimpse of the past

The richness of Cleveland Heights history continues to be revealed in the latest book by Marion Morton, "Cleveland Heights Congregations" (Arcadia Publishing). In this new book in Arcadia’s Images of America series, Morton tells the story of the evolution of Cleveland Heights' many religious congregations.

Most Heights congregations had their origins in some of the earliest religious institutions in Cleveland.  As times changed, they made their way to the Heights, as did so many individuals during the early part of the 20th Century. Morton identifies the origin of each congregation and chronicles further changes in the rich histories of these great institutions. Central to Morton’s story is that no matter how much Cleveland Heights has evolved and changed, the city’s religious institutions have remained an important stabilizing influence.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:15 PM, 01.25.2009

Heights History: Picture This!

Did you know that John D. Rockefeller’s summer estate, called The Homestead, stood in what is now Forest Hills Park (right at the top of the great sledding hill)? Find out more at www.chhistory.org. The Cleveland Heights Historical Society promotes the history of our community through public programs, an informative website and fact-filled newsletters. Join today!
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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 12:03 PM, 11.21.2008