Historic Cedar Fairmount walking tour Nov. 3

The Barton R. Deming House, 2485 Fairmount Boulevard, under construction in 1914.

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. The free tour will take place rain or shine, and will start at 10 a.m. at the Barton Deming House, 2485 Fairmount Blvd., at the corner of Fairmount Boulevard and Cedar Road.

“Cedar Fairmount has long served as a gateway to Cleveland Heights,” said J. Mark Souther, associate professor of history at CSU, member of the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, and one of the project leaders. “This village center developed in response to the meteoric rise in population as thousands of Clevelanders followed the lead of wealthy families who left Millionaires’ Row mansions for the crisp, clear air on the Heights.”

To help bring history to life, the Fishers will use the Cleveland Historical mobile phone app. Participants can download the free app prior to the tour at the App Store (for iPhone), the Android Market or at www.clevelandhistorical.org. The app enables users to view historic photos and hear audio clips of people telling the history of the neighborhood during the tour.

“Euclid Golf was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002,” said Hugh Fisher. “It was named after the upper nine holes of the Euclid Club’s golf course that was on the property from 1901 to 1912, when the club disbanded. John D. Rockefeller owned the land and sold it to Barton R. Deming to develop top-quality housing.”

The tour project is generously funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and with support from Coventry Village Special Improvement District, Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley, the City of Cleveland Heights, the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District, Nighttown Restaurant, Council Member Dennis Wilcox, Cleveland Heights Historical Society and others.

For more information, visit www.clevelandhistorical.org or call FutureHeights at 216-320-1423.

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