The Lakewood Historical Society

Welcome to the 33rd Annual Sale on the Grounds, June 17-20

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:00 - 2:00, Sunday noon - 3:00

From Jim Robinson, Board President

What a Lakewood event! What event anywhere in Northeast Ohio is more fun or rewarding than our annual Sale on the Grounds!

Having been forced to take a year off from sale, as with so many things last year, Heidi Murray and all her amazing volunteers have organized a sale to surpass all others. The Nicholson House is bursting at the seams and the enormous white tent and its smaller companions just brimming ...literally right onto the lawn! with every imaginable treasure. There is without exaggeration something to fascinate (and find its way home with) everyone. It's so much fun just to look. And it's also just about impossible to leave without a bag of your new favorite things!

We invite everyone to come, enjoy and buy, and to invite everyone you know to do the same! They'll be very happy you did. They might buy you something!!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Sale!

Jim

Stay tuned for the reopening schedules of Lakewood Historical Society buildings.

We will be reopening our buildings with updated schedules over the coming weeks. Always feel free to call the office at (216) 221-7343 for further updates. The office is staffed Monday -Friday.

A "Home of Our Own" Capital Campaign Reaching for 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 secure, dry, and flexible space with more complete and accessible cataloging and storage. We've been very grateful for the help of volunteers and interns as well as our Curator.

As well as everything has gone we still need your help to permanently securing this very special archival space for the future. It's your help that will take us across the finish line in our Capital Campaign. It will ensure that the Lakewood Historical Society and the Haber Center will continue to care for Lakewood's history for generations to come.

Two 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 Contemplates Future of City Landmark 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 celebrates our 100 year and older housing stock with this program.

Look forward to a renewed and marvelous Ohio Heritage Summer Camp next summer!

For now you'll find some great at-home instructions for some of our favorite camp activities.

Visit our new online marketplace for all those can't miss Lakewood items.