The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission has recognized five city homeowners for their efforts in improving their homes in a historically-friendly way.
Established in 1998, the Preservation Awards "recognize and highlight efforts of property owners who have preserved and improved their homes or properties in a manner that reflects the historic nature of Shaker Heights," according to a media release from the city.
The Landmark Commission Board, which has seven members, selects five winners in three categories. The commission provided more information about each recipient:
This year’s Honor Award for an Architecturally Appropriate Addition went to the Bauders Residence on Park Drive. The homeowners won this award for the sensitive addition of an attached garage, which is tucked underneath an existing patio and complemented by a new retaining wall and landscaping. The Bauders’ home was built in 1927 and designed by John William Cresswell Corbusier for Salmon Halle, founder of the Halle Bros. Department Store.
Three Merit Awards for Retention of Original Materials were awarded this year. The Larson Residence on Stanford Road won the award for using slate to replace the original slate roof that was damaged in a storm. The Nagle Residence on Lansmere Road received the award for replacing the original shake shingle roof with new shake shingles that retain the unique architectural character of their 1925 home. The final Merit Award winner is the Kosich Residence on Glencairn Road for rebuilding their brick chimney to match and preserve the original design elements of their 1928 home.
One Special Award for Preservation Hero, Work in Progress was given to the Saran Residence on Parkland Drive for their heroic effort to undertake a large renovation project on a historic, landmark-quality property designed by architect Monroe Dean. Although much work remains on the 1913 home, the homeowners rescued the property from demolition by purchasing the house. The renovation project includes a complete interior and exterior renovation of the previously abandoned and foreclosed home.
The Landmark Commission will accept nominations for the 2013 awards program through April 26, 2013. Homes, apartments and commercial buildings that have had exterior projects completed withing the past two years are eligible. in Shaker Heights can be nominated, Exterior projects completed within the last two years are eligible.