Historic Preservation at Ursuline where diversity and breadth of experience
transform your interests into a career to last a lifetime.
We are glad
that you are considering joining us for your educational journey into a
profession that preserves cultural memory while also providing sustainable
solutions for your community.
school should be one of the best experiences of your life. You should be able to look back upon it
with the exhilarating sense of accomplishment that comes when you have worked
hard towards a goal to which you are passionately committed and about which you
are intensely fascinated. The
success of that experience starts with the choices you make on a program and a
What’s special about our program? Our:
faculty members are engaged professionals with
specialized skills who actively involve you in projects outside as well as
inside the classroom.
unique location allows easy access to cityscape,
ethnic neighborhoods, rural villages, and Amish farmsteads, all actively used
as learning laboratories.
focus on your personal interests and the building
of a professional portfolio to prepare you for entering the profession.
recognition by the National Council for
Preservation Education for the strength of our curriculum.
approach to the intellectual and
emotional connection to the natural and built environment through the lens of
personal experience in exploring issues of historic significance in relation to
majority and minority populations, to groups that have been silent as well as
those that are vocal, and to the role gender plays in the social construct and
perception of place.
strong intersections between Ursuline’s liberal
arts tradition and the needs of the Historic Preservation profession in the 21st
hope that the information on these Historic Preservation webpages and the links
provided here help answer your initial questions while raising new inquiries
and enthusiasm. Please browse our
website, contact us if you have any questions, and plan to call or visit us
soon to chat about how our program can help you achieve your career goals. We look forward to helping you along a
rewarding journey toward a career in historic preservation.
OUR MISSION Ursuline College's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation prepares tomorrow's leaders to make sustainable and unique contributions to their world by preserving cultural memory and its lessons. Historic Preservation is a commitment as well as a discipline and a profession.
OUR CORNERSTONE For Ursuline, Historic Preservation is as much about the future as it is about the past.
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Aspiring Historic Preservationists:
explore the richness and depth of our cultural identity and experience
mine the remnants of the past to interpret the VALUES and lessons in the cultural landscapes, innovative architecture, and artifacts we create
develop the skills to identify the most meaningful and sustainable elements of our created environment
find their VOICE to protect and enhance appreciation of our cultural legacy
enVISIONthe path to assure that cultural heritage resources enrich quality of life
OUR KEYSTONE Ursuline's classroom extends to all of northeastern Ohio with its incredible diversity.
centuries-old Cleveland with its
ever-changing downtown and lakefront
fascinating ethnic neighborhoods
charming New England-style communities
traditional Amish culture areas
lovely, rolling, farm-dotted countryside
Our classrooms have no walls, but our projects do! Ursuline's students enjoy access to resources that include:
World class museums and organizations Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland Orchestra with its historic home at Severance Hall National Historic Landmarks Cleveland Arcade Lawnfield, James A. Garfield National Historic Site Stan Hywet Hall and Garden And scores of National Register properties National Heritage Areas Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canal Way Nationally known public history and preservation institutions Cleveland Museum of Natural History with its Green City/Blue Lake Institute Cleveland Restoration Society, the award-winning Local Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Intermuseum Conservation Association Lakeview Cemetery Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Western Reserve Historical Society with its Library/Archives and Hale Farm and Village Living History Museum - all Smithsonian Associates Local specialized architectural firms
Professional conferences and symposiums, including the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Heritage Ohio, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Historic Preservation Symposium, Ohio Academy of History
Ursuline - where classroom theory meets real life experience. This is an interdisciplinary degree program where you'll immerse yourself in the community guided by mentors. Courses actively involve you in Historic Preservation as you document buildings and historic sites, then work with community and government leaders to prepare plans for the preservation, redevelopment and adaptive reuse of those sites. You will then write the grant applications needed to fund those planned projects. Finally, you will document each portion of the process to provide a historic record for the community and future generations.
A SAMPLING OF RECENT M.A. THESIS
Ellis, Dawn. Historic
Preservation and Car Culture. 2012. This
thesis explores the relationship between car culture and historic preservation
in the United States. It examines the role of governmental programs such as the
Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 and national urban renewal projects of the
1960s and 1970s in the development of the dominance of the personal automobile
in relation to land use and the built environment in the United States. The
Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood of Tremont is highlighted as an example of the
interplay between the forces of car culture and historic preservation in the
Fisher, Heather S. Defining
Sense of Place Through Historic Character of Vernacular Architecture: The
Creation of the Larchmere Boulevard Historic District. 2011. The
focus of this Master's thesis is on the exploration of the relationship between
vernacular architecture, as represented on Larchmere Boulevard, and historic
district eligibility criteria and its significance in identifying historic
character and sense of place. Research will focus on the eclectic mix of
historic commercial buildings and converted residential properties located in
the Larchmere Boulevard Business District and the district's potential for
National Register of Historic Places and City of Cleveland Local Landmark
historic district designation. This thesis will concentrate on the
establishment of an historic district based on the district's genuine local
historic character and its vernacular architecture that conveys its unique
sense of place.
Lann, Margaret A. Behind the
Wall: The Painter Estate and the Ursuline Nuns of Cleveland. 2011.Laudadio, Cassidy. The Warner and Swasey Observatory, East
Cleveland, Ohio. 2010.Meinke, Elizabeth. Planning, Preservation and
Persistence: Progressive Planning
Advocate Charlotte Rumbold and Her Legacy’s Importance to Historic
Preservation. 2012. Throughout
her life and career Charlotte Rumbold was noted for her persistence and
dedication to improving the conditions of residential housing and to creating
more thoughtfully organized and accommodating public buildings and spaces.
Though she was not an architect or lamenting the loss of historic structures,
her work in both public and private planning organizations directly impacted
the built world. To accurately interpret the history of the built world, a
fundamental core of historic preservation, it is imperative to understand the
motivations of those who helped shape the built world. I assert interpreting
such influence is fundamental to the discipline of historic preservation. This
thesis will explore Rumbold’s direct influence in the first half of the 20th
century on residential housing, urban parks, city planning policy, broad social
reforms, and how all these elements relate with the discipline of historic
Ogle, Mary. LaSalle Theatre: The National Register
Nomination and Assessment for Adaptive ReUse. 2011. Smith, Emily. Cain Park: Preserving an
Innovative Park in American Theatre Movements. 2013.Cain
Park is a community-owned and operated open-air performance space and has
operated in this capacity almost continually since it opened in 1938. A designated Cleveland Heights
Landmark, the park is also eligible for listing on the National Register of
Historic Places and is a significant site in both local and national
history. It is the only known
WPA-era municipally owned and operated outdoor theater in the state of Ohio. >Conceived
in the mid-thirties, Cain Park is rich in history. The brainchild of Heights
High School drama teacher Dr. Dina Rees Evans and Cleveland Heights Mayor Frank
C. Cain, Cain Park's original purpose remains unaltered. In 1934, with
the help of WPA funds and the Cuyahoga County Soldiers and Sailors Relief
Commission, construction began for an amphitheatre complex. >Since its
inaugural season in 1938, Cain Park has remained a living symbol of the City's
commitment to nurturing quality programming in the arts for an area population
that undeniably thrives on it. WATCH EMILY'S "CAIN PARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY" PRESENTATION AT http://youtu.be/lb2ZEXuJvd0>
Toth, Rachael, A Fight for Change: The
Story of Union Chapel. 2012.
Viviani, Kristina Kosloff. St. James the Greater Catholic Church
in Lakewood, Ohio. 2009.Wobig, Jessica. Adapting Preservation: The Cleveland
Environmental Center. 2013. The
Cleveland Environmental Center historic retrofit project represents the
evolution of historic preservation practice towards a more sustainable and
conservation based approach, but this investigation shows that the first
historic commercial retrofit in Cleveland, Ohio, succeeded by remaining true to
historic preservation standards rather than relying solely on sustainability
Wright, Karen. A
Study of Buildings Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in
Cuyahoga County, Ohio. 2011.