The Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) is a 501 (c) (3) private non-profit organization that was founded in 1972.  CRS operated on a volunteer basis until 1987, when it hired its first professional full-time staff member.  In the intervening decades, CRS has grown into a vibrant organization with an operating budget over $1 million, an engaged board of trustees, a headquarters on Prospect Avenue in Cleveland, and a staff of professionals offering historic preservation programs and expertise throughout Greater Cleveland. CRS is a member of the National Preservation Partners Network.


The Cleveland Restoration Society uses the powerful tool of historic preservation to revitalize our diverse communities, strengthen the regional economy, and enhance the quality of life in northeastern Ohio.


Our dream for ourselves and our children is that northeastern Ohio reclaims its vitality and prosperity and adds to its beauty through the preservation of its remarkable architectural heritage.


Through productive partnerships and creative alliances with community leaders, and with attention to the creation of economically viable solutions, we focus on:

  • Creating vibrant, high-value neighborhoods in key historic areas
  • Encouraging the preservation of Cleveland's greatest landmarks
  • Advocating for preservation-friendly public policies
  • Celebrating and communicating the positive role of preservation