WESTERN RESERVE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

CLEVELAND, OHIO

A Chapter of the SOCIETY of ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Lost Cleveland
Laura DeMarco, Author and Plain Dealer  writer
Lauren Hansgen, Curator, Cowan Pottery Museum
Rocky River Public Library     1600 Hampton Road     Rocky River, Ohio  44116

Published in 2017, Lost Cleveland by Laura DeMarco is an exquisitely-crafted book with photographs of vanished buildings and scenes from Cleveland's past accompanied by stories that bring these images to life again.  Ms. DeMarco, recipient of the 2018 Society of Architectural Historians Western Reserve Award, will talk about the ideas, the research process, and the writing that brought this book into print.  Upon completion of the author's presentation, Lauren Hansgen, curator of the Cowan Pottery Museum housed in the library, will lead us on a tour of the collections and discuss the history of the pottery which began in 1912 and closed as a result of financial stresses caused by the Great Depression. The pottery went bankrupt in 1931. The collection features over 1,200 pieces of this distinctive form of American Art Pottery.
Directions:
  The Rocky River Public Library is easily accessible via local streets or from Interstate 90 (Hilliard Road exit westbound or Detroit Road exit eastbound).   Parking is available adjacent to the library and on nearby streets.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Tuesday, April 17.


Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
The Kirtland Temple
Professor Elwin Robison, PhD, College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Kent State U
The Kirtland Temple     7809 Joseph Street     Kirtland, OH 44094

The Kirtland Temple is the first permanent building constructed by the Mormon faith.  One of the larger structures in northeast Ohio when it was completed in 1836, it has a unique format with two congregational spaces one over the other.  The plan was developed by the faith's leaders, Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick Williams.  These men reported receiving a vision of the building, which they described with crude drawings and a written description. Experienced craftsmen then worked out the details of the building.  Many of these details came from Asher Benjamin's Practical House Carpenter.  Stone was quarried from local ravines, and a sawmill was built in the Kirtland Flats at the base of the hill to provide lumber and millwork.  The Kirtland Temple served as the pattern for later temples built in Illinois and Utah.
Directions:
From I-90 take Exit 193 for Mentor/Kirtland and turn south on Ohio Route 306. Follow the signs to the Temple at the top of the hill on the right. Meet in the visitor center.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Monday, May 21.

The Lorain County Historical Society has preserved two nineteenth-century mansions in Elyria: The Horace Starr House and The Hickories. Both structures are located on Washington Avenue, once the "Euclid Avenue" of Elyria. The Italianate-Style Starr House, built in 1857, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and houses offices of the historical society, seven galleries, a research library, and a gift shop. The Hickories, constructed in 1895 by Arthur Garford, is a Richardsonian Romanesque and Shingle-Style home with Tiffany-inspired windows, six fireplaces, a private chapel, and magnificent oak, cherry, and mahogany woodwork. After a tour of the Starr House and gallery tour, attendees will travel 0.2 mi. north to The Hickories, 509 Washington Avenue, where the program will resume.
Directions: The Lorain County History Center is located to the north of downtown Elyria. Parking is available at both properties as well as on nearby streets. Reservations for this meeting are mandatory.
Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 or e-mail saklann@netzero.net by Tuesday, March 20.
WRAH SPRING PROGRAM 2018
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
The Starr Mansion and The Hickories
Bill Bird, Former Executive Director, Lorain County Historical Society
Lorain County History Center     284 Washington Avenue     Elyria, Ohio  44035

The Horace C Starr House
The Hickories