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Where was the Cleveland Restoration Society, when their wonks demolished the Historic Giglio Farm
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 14:22.
About the time some wacked-out over-empowered government wonks were demolishing Frank Giglio's Historic Landmark house, on his city-desecrated urban farm, all the "restorationists" in our Society were abuzz about the chance to rub elbows with Timothy "Art Is Back" Rub at the sell-out "36th installment of our Community Luncheon" Cleveland Restoration Society self-love-fest, held last week at Wyndham Cleveland, at Playhouse Square... celebrating themselves for being such good "preservationists" and Key Bank for providing funding to save important historic structures, like Frank's House was, in important neighborhoods, like Frank's was.
The luncheon promoted: "Rub will share his thoughts about his new city, Cleveland, and how we might develop our understanding and appreciation of our Modern and “recent past” architecture." This to a Society of people who intended to demolish a Breuer companion to the one under Rub's temporary trust, at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The absurdity of all this would be laughable, if not so disgusting.
The Cleveland Restoration Society Executive Director is Kathleen Crowther. Her husband Herb has been involved with redevelopment planning for Grace Hospital, which is across the street from the vacant land that was the site of Frank's house and farm. Grace has blighted the same exact spot in the neighborhood with several historic board-ups for as long as I can remember, and they have the money to fix those places up. There is a double standard at play here, at best. I fear there is far worse to be discovered and realized by the slumbering citizenry.
I question the value of a Restoration Society in Cleveland that allows such property to be demolished. As you will see, looking at their list of trustees, you know people in this society well - speak up to them and ask them to explain their role or lack thereof in this historic landmarks fiasco.
And, let's air any Grace role in the history or present of this fiasco, as there may be conflicts of interest at hand. If there are not conflicts, I'll be glad.
Below is our who's who of historic preservation in NEO, who had Frank's historic home at the Gateway to the Historic Tremont Neighborhood demolished on their watch... er, during their Society cocktail-hour... we should have taken them out after the Breuer fiasco! At least the FBI did the job with one of them, so far...
If you are a Trustee of Cleveland Restoration, you already know D.A.S. President and FBI Sting target Steven Pumper very well... and you know who you are, and should speak up about the lack of restoration effort from your Society for Frank Giglio, or our society: