The Lakewood Historical Society
From Jim Robinson, Board President
What a beautiful fall! We hope you had a chance to visit our Small Wonders exhibit at the Nicholson House. The beauty, the incredible craftsmanship, and the imaginative interest in each of the miniatures will leave a lasting impression on all of us. The show was such an unusual opportunity to see such a large collection of very high quality miniatures all at once. We're proud and very grateful to have had the opportunity to present something truly wonderful.
Next weekend we'll be having the final drop-off of the year, in preparation for the Christmas Sale! Yes, it is that time somehow...! And preparations are in the works for wreath-making in a month. Look for mailings and online opportunities to order.
Enjoy what's continuing to be such a beautiful fall, and we'll look forward to seeing you soon -
VISIT LAKEWOOD'S OLDEST STONE HOUSE MUSEUM
Open for tours:
Sundays, October 10, 17, 24 & 31, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM,
Wednesdays, October 13, 20 & 27, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.
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.
Current COVID safety recommendations are observed.
Call for the reopening schedules,
Lakewood Historical Society 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 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!
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.
Curtis Block Links
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.