A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

A Visual History Of Township 6, Range 14

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Berea Post Office, Seminary St.

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Berea Armory of Co. A. 5th Inf. O.N.G. - 1909
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Berea Armory, 72 N. Rocky River Dr. - 1930                


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Berea Hospital, 259 Bagley Rd (at Front St.) - 1955


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Little Red Schoolhouse to become arts center
    Thursday, September 07, 2006
    By Shelly Guerra
    The News Sun

BEREA -- A group committed to preserving the District No. 7 school on Bagley Road haven't let go of their vision to restore The Little Red Schoolhouse to a place of learning.
And now, after years of work and planning, the Southwest Seven Arts organization has headed up the preservation effort, which will transform the building into the Little Red Schoolhouse Fine Arts Center.
The arts center will offer residents in the communities of Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Strongsville, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and Columbia Township a wide variety of fine arts classes.
The building has been used and abused over the past couple of decades as a hall for rent. A lot of the building abuse came from people who just didn't care, said Ken McCarthy, who is one of the founding members of Southwest Seven Arts. The group of us got involved because we have a vested interest in the building and will take the proper steps of restoring it. The schoolhouse is near and dear to the hearts of a lot of people in Berea.
That sentiment rang true for Nancy Gillahan of the Berea Historical Society, who said she was overjoyed when she heard of the future plans for the Little Red Schoolhouse.
So many opportunities (for restoration) have gone by the wayside, so I think it's fantastic that someone is doing something with the building, Gillahan said. This is putting a spotlight on what a neat place (the schoolhouse) is, and I hope it will remain at the forefront for people to utilize and enjoy for many years to come.
The Little Red Schoolhouse was home to the Berea Fine Arts Club since 1935, but was owned by the Berea Jaycees. The Jaycees sold the building to the Berea Fine Arts Club a few years ago, and the club formed a committee called the Berea Little Red Schoolhouse Foundation. The foundation's members remained interested in improving the building, and has since asked the Southwest Seven Arts organization to implement their proposal for the new arts center.
McCarthy said the U.S. Department of Interior's Ohio Historic Preservation Office got on board by awarding the group several grants to move the preservation process along.
We are restoring the schoolhouse from top to bottom. The Ohio Historical Preservation office has been very generous with grant funding, due to the fact that the building is on the national registry of historic places, he added.
Although the 1,500-square-foot school still needs to undergo extensive renovation - from a new roof to a fresh coat of paint - McCarthy said the work will not stop the learning from taking place.
The doors of the Little Red Schoolhouse Fine Arts Center will officially open to the public during an open house slated for the evening Sept. 22. Then beginning on Oct. 2, classes in drawing, calligraphy, ceramics, clay, painting, photography, darkroom, dance and yoga will be offered. There also will be a special storytelling class for children.
Gillahan said the preservation effort will be positive for the entire Berea community.
It's at the entry way to the city, and what a beautiful way to welcome people, she said.
For more information on the Little Red Schoolhouse Fine Arts Center, its upcoming open house or the restoration process, call (440) 234-5777.

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Union Depot, Front and Depot St - 1917

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Metropolitan Park - 1948

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Strongsville Town Hall and Fire Department *

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Built in 1841 in the Greek revival style and remodeled into a victorian
style in 1873, the Medina County courthouse is listed
in the National Register of historic places.




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