Welcome! to 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.
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Bari Oyler Stith, Ph.D.
Director, Historic Preservation
A SAMPLING OF RECENT M.A. THESIS TOPICS
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 United States
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 preservation.
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
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.