The Lakewood Historical Society
Lakewood Downtown National Historic District
The Lakewood Historical Society congratulates the City of Lakewood and Lakewood Alive for their successful nomination of the Lakewood Downtown district to the National Register of Historic Places. This accomplishment opens new funding sources and protections for this historic commercial corridor.
The Lakewood Historical Society offices will have limited staffing over the holidays and will reopen Monday through Friday the first week of January.
The first priority of the Society is the health and safety of our volunteers and patrons. Moving forward we will be keeping up to date on the regional response to COVID-19 and will assess future sales and events held by the Society. Donation drop-offs are currently suspended. (Special arrangements can be made in outstanding circumstances. Please call, (216) 221-7343.)
Masks are required in all Historical Society properties.
The Oldest Stone House is closed for the season to regular tours, but tours are available by appointment. Online tours of our virtual OSH are also available.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we all navigate this ever changing health landscape.
The Lakewood Historical Society thanks you for your support during these difficult times. This year we have found that our fundraising events, that are built on bringing together our community and sharing our friendship and love of history (and very reasonably priced housewares), do not translate well to this new socially distant world. With the cancellation of Spring sales and the postponement of our biennial House Tour to next year we find ourselves in an ever thinning financial situation.
That is why we are so thankful to our generous supporters like you. If you are able, we hope you will consider making a donation to the society.
The Lakewood Historical Society
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.
Council Contemplates Future of City Landmark Curtis Block Building
Curtis Block Links
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.
A Note from the Board President
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By Jim Robinson, Board of Trustees President
Hello! It’s been an unusual year in many ways, but how important to keep our sights set on the wonderful things that have happened! The Society has had some marvelous developments, not the least of which is our ongoing Trustees membership drive. Although the year has left us very sadly without the enjoyment of the Sale on the Grounds and the House Tour—and missing revenues from both of those events on which we very much rely—we’re looking forward to a balanced budget (albeit just barely!) from new membership income. The Trustees are working on a goal of recruiting 10 members each—translatable to $250 x 25 at the Regular Membership level. To date that has increased our income by more than $3,000. And with 56 new memberships from the Trustees, so far, and ten more from this year’s Century Home mailings, we’re now at a total membership of 245. That’s with only 25% of the board efforts in so far! Our Historic Lakewood plaque sales have gone up dramatically as well, thanks to the work of our dedicated Century Home team. Be sure to keep the plaques in mind as wonderful holiday gifts. And don’t forget something beautiful for every door you know, from our Women’s Board’s Holiday Wreath Sale!
A "Home of Our Own" Capital Campaign Reaching for the Finish Line!
The Haber Family Center for History opened as the society headquarters just two years ago. In that time we have served researchers, students, family historians, and curious community passerbys. Our collection is settling in to its new secure, dry, and flexible space with more complete cataloging and effective reboxing with the help of a number of volunteers and interns.
Things are going great but we are not done securing this space for the future. We still need your help to cross the finish line on our capital campaign to ensure that the Haber Center will continue to care for Lakewood's history for generations to come.
Lakewood Historical Society celebrates our 100 year and older housing stock with this program.
We missed having our Ohio Heritage Summer Camp this year, here you will find some DYI at home instructions for some of our favorite camp activities.