Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Cleveland Restoration Society, Inc.

  • Cleveland, OH
  • www.clevelandrestoration.org

Mission Statement

Cleveland Restoration Society, inc. (CRS), uses the powerful tool of historic preservation to revitalize our diverse communities, strenghten the regional economy, and enhance the quality of life in northeastern Ohio. CRS's vision: Our dream for ourselves and our children is that northeastern Ohio reclaims its vitality and prosperity and adds to its beauty through the preservation of its remarkable architectural heritage.

Main Programs

  1. Advocacy & Public Policy
  2. Heritage Home Program(SM)
  3. Preservation Services
  4. Public Education & Events
Service Areas

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Ohio

Northeast Ohio, primarily Cuyahoga County and the six adjacent counties: Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Lake Counties.

ruling year

1973

President

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Ms. Kathleen H. Crowther

Chief Operating Officer

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Mr. Thomas A. Jorgensen

Keywords

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Cleveland; restoration; historic preservation; community development; economic development; revitalization; architecture; heritage; legacy

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EIN

23-7218767

 Number

1061438993

Physical Address

3751 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, 44115-2705

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies, Historic Preservation (A82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Advocacy & Public Policy

CRS encourages the preservation of significant buildings and sites in Greater Cleveland and advocates for policies that level the playing field for historic rehabilitation. Staff members fully participate in City of Cleveland Landmarks Commission and Cleveland Planning Commission meetings. In 2013, CRS played a leading role in advocacy to the Ohio Congressional delegation for the continuation of the federal historic tax credit. Staff members were involved in many significant local development projects in 2013, including the sale of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District headquarters building; the design of the new convention hotel on the Cleveland Mall; the redesign of Cleveland Public Square; and the sale of the Telling Mansion in South Euclid.

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Program 2

Heritage Home Program(SM)

This program provides free technical assistance and access to low-interest home rehabilitation loans. In calendar year 2013, the program added 25 new participating cities and villages and added a second financial partner. In 2013, program staff responded to 3,213 inquiries; provided 1,174 instances of technical assistance for projects worth approximately $18 million; made 645 site visits; processed 201 loan applications for projects for $7.26 million; and book 70 new loans work $4.14 million. In November 2013, the program celebrated its 1,000th loan.

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Program 3

Preservation Services

This program involves a range of preservation-related assistance, including evaluations of historic structures, acceptance of donated property for resale with preservation covenant, and taking action in municipal housing court under the State of Ohio Housing Receivership statute to stabilize a historic property victimized by foreclosure or other problem. In 2013, CRS completed a photographic survey of Cleveland’s Franklin Boulevard/West Clinton Historic District and completed a survey of major automobile transportation corridors for the City of Cleveland. Under this program, a small-scale commercial rehabilitation program is being investigated. CRS offers technical assistance to area sacred landmarks through its Preservation Services program. To date, more than 420 congregations have directly benefited. CRS also has a Steeple Lighting Program, through which the exteriors of 17 religious buildings have been illuminated.

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Program 4

Public Education & Events

Educating the public about the positive role historic preservation plays in making Northeast Ohio a better place in which to live, work is important to CRS. Education is accomplished primarily through a range of events, print and electronic publications, and web-based communication. In 2013, CRS increased the number of events it held, in order to mark the milestone of its 40th anniversary year. Two issues of the printed magazine, Façade, were produced, and twelve issues of Perspectives email newsletter were created and distributed. Fifty-two additional email news bulletins were sent out. CRS’s email distribution list was increased by 16.6% in 2013 and its social media impact via Facebook was increased 46.5%. CRS developed the ability to update its website internally in 2013.

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Service Areas

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Ohio

Northeast Ohio, primarily Cuyahoga County and the six adjacent counties: Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Lake Counties.

Social Media

Affiliations + Memberships

National Trust for Historic Preservation - Partner

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Financials

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CLEVELAND RESTORATION SOCIETY INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Cleveland Restoration Society, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Ms. Kathleen H. Crowther

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Thomas A. Jorgensen

BIO

Kathleen H. Crowther has been President of the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) since 1987. Under her leadership, CRS has become a nationally recognized preservation organization that plays a vital role in resolving challenging preservation issues in the urban, suburban, and outlying regional areas of northeast Ohio. During her tenure, she has led CRS through the acquisition and rehabilitation of the Sarah Benedict House into a regional center for historic preservation and overseen the creation of groundbreaking programs such as the Sacred Landmarks Assistance Program and the Heritage Home Program(SM). CRS is an official partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Kathleen is currently an advisor to the Trust representing the State of Ohio.

A native Clevelander, Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Art History and English from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. She was selected by National Arts Strategies and Stanford Business School to attend the first Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts in 2002. In 2010 Kathleen was selected to be a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. She spent five weeks in the “Eternal City”, observing its ancient monuments, churches, and city plan designs to make correlations with Cleveland’s architectural and city planning legacy.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Michael T Cummins

The Sherwin-Williams Company

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?