The Lakewood Historical Society


Only four weeks away . . . .

Back again! Lakewood's summertime can't miss event!

Some of the finest homes and gardens in Lakewood will be on the tour this year. Additional details are on the House Tour page.

Look Inside Lakewood

  • Saturday, September 10, 2022 - Patron Party (additional ticket required)


  • Sunday, September 11, 2022 - Tour Day!


Thank you for supporting the Lakewood Historical Society!

Your House Tour ticket(s) will be mailed to you. You must have your physical ticket present with you to gain entrance to the Tour houses. The houses on the Tour will be open from 1:00 - 6:00, Sunday afternoon.

Important Tour Reminders... You can start the Tour at any of the eight houses. Children under 12 will not be admitted. Interior photography and high-heeled shoes are not permitted on the tour.

A note on Patron Party... There will be no physical ticket(s) for the Patron Party. Reservation confirmation and instructions will be included with your mailed House Tour ticket(s).


Tickets may also be purchased in person (cash or check only) at:

STEM Handmade Soap, 12405 Madison Avenue

Avenue Home, 14401 Detroit Avenue

Geiger's, 14710 Detroit Avenue

Stella & Shay Beauty Bar, 18225 Detroit Avenue


Tickets are limited. If available, tickets may be purchased at the Nicholson House on the day of the Tour.

  • Sunday, September 11, 2022 - Tour Day Tickets

  • Saturday, September 10, 2022 - Patron Party (additional ticket required)

End of Summer Greetings!

From Jim Robinson, Board President:

Ohio Heritage finished two weeks ago. You'll find a recap with some great pictures below.

The Arts Festival was this weekend, and it seemed like almost everyone in Lakewood was there - and half of everyone in Lakewood at the Historical Society tent!! What a great event.

And in a little more than a month . . .

The 2022 House Tour, Look Inside Lakewood:

  • Saturday, September 10, 2022 - Patron Party (additional ticket required)

  • Sunday, September 11, 2022 - Tour Day!

And very much of continued importance: Please do what you can to help us with the Curtis Block preservation. The best things you can do are to be directly in touch with your Councilperson to voice your support for preserving the Block, and to attend meetings as you're able. You'll find the schedule of meetings for the rest of the summer in the Curtis Block section below, as well the link to One Lakewood and the Council member's email addresses. Our collective voices mean a great deal - they're the most effective tool we have.

Many thanks, as always, for all your support.

Looking forward to seeing you at the House Tour, if not before -

Jim

Preservation of the Curtis Block & the Lakewood Hospital Site Redevelopment Project

Request for All LHS Membership to continue to provide Public Input

Call your Councilperson!

It came to our attention in late March and early April that the final redevelopment plan includes the demolition of all but the Detroit facade of the Curtis Block which we've spent more than a decade working - successfully, up to now - to preserve.

The new overall plan for the site is quite different from what was originally envisioned and championed for the center of downtown Lakewood, both in its aesthetic and utility. The consensus of those of us attending the meetings over the last couple of months has been that the impact of undistinguished, even drab, architecture, very limited public space and a parking garage to dominate the Belle Avenue's frontage are of serious concern in the project moving forward as proposed. The plan also comes with a $17,000,000 cost to the City, along with almost no residual ownership and revenue rights, and final numbers have not been presented.

Be in touch with your Councilperson. Community input is pivotal in this. Call and speak directly to your Councilperson, if possible, or email them. https://www.lakewoodoh.gov/lakewood-city-council/

A few words questioning the plan to raze most of the Curtis Block and a request that the overall project return to being the major enhancement to the character of downtown Lakewood that it was originally intended to be are what every Councilperson needs to hear and know. It is absolutely an option for the project not to move forward as currently proposed.

As always, thank you for your support. It makes all the difference.

  • When you have a minute also take a look at the article Hilary Schickler wrote for the Lakewood Observer when the Curtis Block was in the process of landmark designation almost exactly seven years ago: http://lakewoodobserver.com/read/2015/04/14/historic-designation-sought-for-curtis-block. It's a well written summary that will refresh your memory about the preservation we've worked long and hard to sustain, and it's a great introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the building and its historic importance.

City Council Meetings, July - September:

  • 8/15, 7:30 - 9:30

  • 9/6, 7:30 - 9:30 9/19, 7:30 - 9:30

Architectural Board of Review Meetings:

  • 8/11, 5:30 9/8, 5:30

Planning Commission Meetings:

  • 8/4, 6:30 9/1, 6:30

      • all meetings in the City Hall Auditorium

Ohio Heritage Summer Camp

We had an absolutely wonderful Ohio Heritage week!


Led by our new teacher, Emily Bundy the week was a great success, with thirty children attending the morning sessions for the week, and a smaller group in the afternoons. They learned to do everything from making butter to making corn griddle cakes with butter in the batter and then doing the washing, they made their own ink and their own quills for writing with it, they made pierced metal lanterns and learned to weave and sew, and they even met Betsy Nicholson in person!

With lots of games and several visits to the Oldest Stone House Museum everyone had a really thorough immersion in 1830’s life in Lakewood, and a very fun week. Thanks go to Linda Barbero, Randy Bishop, Kathy Haber, Kristina Kirkland, John and Norine Prim, Ann Schleckman, Greg Sent, Anne Varano, and even Betsy Nicholson (who some of the kids mistook for Julie Warren!) who were on hand, helping our wonderful new teacher, Emily Bundy! And thanks also go to Chris Newton and Charlotte Partlow for all their help preparing supplies, as well as to the Oldest Stone House Museum docents who were at their absolute best, making the house come to life for their young visitors.

Our furnished 1838 house accurately interprets the everyday lives of the people living in Lakewood from 1838 to 1879. There is no charge for guided tours of the house and its collection.

Open Sunday afternoons, 2-5 and Wednesdays, 1-4.

VISIT LAKEWOOD'S OLDEST STONE HOUSE MUSEUM

Invite friends who've never seen the house, and come along with them!

Call for current opening schedules of our buildings.

Our buildings have officially reopened. Feel free to call the office at (216) 221-7343 as we continue to update schedules over the coming weeks. The office is staffed Monday -Friday.

A "Home of Our Own" Capital Campaign Reached! We Crossed the Finish Line.

Since the Haber Family Center for History opened as the Society's headquarters only a few years ago we have been able to serve researchers, students, family historians, and curious community passers by. Our collection is settling in to its new space with more complete and accessible cataloging and storage. We've been very grateful for the help of volunteers and interns, especially our very skilled volunteer Curator.

Your support took us across the finish line in our Capital Campaign. Thank you!

New National Historic Districts in Lakewood!

Clifton Park South National Historic District

Lakewood Downtown National Historic District

Thank you to the Ohio CARES Act from the Ohio Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts for your support.

Thank you to the Ohio History Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grant from the Ohio History Connection.

Thank you to the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Ohio CARES Act Grant for your support.

Council Again Contemplates the Future of a City Landmark:

The Curtis Block Building

Read More About the Curtis Block Discussions - Click to Expand

On November 24, 2020 Lakewood City Council began a discussion about the current status and future of the Curtis Block building located at the corner of Detroit and Marlowe Avenues. In 2015 the City designated the Curtis Block as historic under City of Lakewood Ordinance Chapter 1134 ,you can read the designation HERE. When the City took possession of the former Lakewood Hospital site in 2016 the Curtis Block was included in that transfer. At that time an assessment was done of the property. In the subsequent four years there has been dramatic deterioration due to unaddressed roof and foundation issues that were exacerbated by the demolition of the hospital.

While the assessment presented to Council was a drudgery of images and descriptions of deterioration and failures with large dollar amounts tied to them, this is only one assessment of a very complicated issue. One that had a large range when discussing potential costs. When the City took possession of the property there was an opportunity to mitigate some of these issues but with the project tied to the hospital site development many of those manageable issues have spun into larger crises. Hope is not lost. Intervention now can revitalize this Lakewood treasure and sustainably reuse the property.

On Monday, December 7, 2020 Council will again discuss the condition of the Curtis Block and what they will be doing as the owners of this neglected property. We encourage all concerned residents to contact their council person to voice their wish for the City to stabilize and revitalize this Lakewood Landmark. Those that would like to express themselves in person at the meeting should contact council to be added to the meeting credentials. Contact City Council through their site HERE.

Nice to be at home? We think so too.

Check out our "History at Home" page. We have activities and tidbits for all of our history lovers that are "staying home," particularly our students as well as he whole family.

Featured Pages

Lakewood Historical Society recognizes all homes 100 years and older housing stock with this wonderful celebration program!

Look forward to a whole new Ohio Heritage Summer Camp next summer!

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