Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Project of YOUR Dreams?

The Luther Moses House: An Update

The Luther Moses house

On Sunday, October 30, a group of Cleveland Area History readers visited the Luther Moses house, at 5611 Lexington Avenue, in Cleveland. The group included an architect, staff of the Cleveland Restoration Society, and other associated professionals.

The evidence present points the conclusion that this house can and should be saved. It's going to be a labor of love, but there's the interest among the readers of this blog to make it happen. Further, many among you seem to be willing to devote some labor into making this project happen.

I could go into the specific details of what's needed here, but before that, I need to address the most important problem:

This house needs someone who's willing to take it on as their project, most likely as a residence or office. Perhaps you're that person, or maybe you know someone who might be right for it. While I can campaign for this house and bring together the labor necessary to make it happen, without a dedicated individual or group willing to take it on as their cause, it's just not going to happen.

Does this mean a ton of money? Not necessarily. I believe between donated labor and other incentives that a dedicated individual or couple could have this structure at a reasonable price point.

This is a historically important house, one that will surely be lost if something isn't done soon. Are you willing to step up?

I'm going to be meeting with the brother of the owner on about the 15th. At that time, I will discuss our options to ensure that the house is properly secured to survive the winter.

Next week, I'll illustrate the floorplan (thanks to Ted Rusnak!) and discuss some of the options one might have with the house. I'll share some of the revelations that have come thus far. Cassidy Laudadio is researching the history of the structure.

All of this will help to paint a better picture of why this structure is important. But the importance is for naught if someone isn't willing to take this on as their cause.

This house is of a finish quality unmatched in pre-Civil War construction in the city of Cleveland, east of the Cuyahoga River. Surely something this beautiful and important is worth your efforts.

1 comment:

  1. The property is in arrears for taxes. If there is a willing "taker" for the house I think it could easily be pushed into the landbank and conveyed for a dollar. Our loan program could lend 95% after rhab value at LT 2%, maybe 12 years.

    Kathleen Crowther
    Cleveland Restoration Society