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PRESERVATION PROJECTS

The firm has been involved extensively in both the hands-on work of rehabilitating historic structures and community planning and action related to historic preservation.

Historic House Rehabilitation Projects

In addition to providing assistance on large commercial projects, Steven McQuillin has rehabilitated several historic houses and has provided assistance to dozens of historic homeowners.

In all these projects, Steve McQuillin has served as owner/developer, working with the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.  These projects have been financially successful.  Eyesores have been transformed back into historic landmarks that are well adapted to today’s lifestyles while following federal preservation guidelines.  On a smaller scale, part of our community’s and our nation’s history has been safeguarded for the future.  These projects have provided Steve McQuillin with experience in advising others on historic house rehabilitation.  This has been done for dozens of local historical societies and private homeowners.

Weldon Davis House 

In 1983 Steve McQuillin purchased the Weldon Davis House at W. 36th and Archwood Ave. (pic #1) in Cleveland’s Brooklyn Centre neighborhood.  Built in 1895 (pic #2), it was a grand house on what was once known as Greenwood St., the heart of the small village of Brooklyn, a town that was annexed to Cleveland.  More recently it had been a 12-suite rooming house and was divided into apartments when McQuillin purchased it.  Reconstruction of the grand staircase (pic #3) was a major early project.  A replica of a period carriage house was built, plus a side addition (pic #4). A former attic was renovated into the firm’s offices.

Restored Weldon Davis House   Weldon Davis House - 1900s   Restored Grand Staircase - Weldon Davis House   Additional Archwood Garage
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Federal Rehabilitation Project

McQuillin’s next project was to purchase a dilapidated house behind the Weldon Davis House at sheriff’s sale and transform it back into a typical late 19th century dwelling, but this time enhanced by modern features and conveniences.  This project was syndicated to investors who utilized the federal rehabilitation credit.  To qualify for the credit, McQuillin had to have the entire neighborhood nominated to the National Register.  Then-Councilman Jim Rokakis provided funding to hire McQuillin & Associates and this neighborhood was designated in 1999 as one of Cleveland’s largest residential districts.

Frink-Pope House

The next project was to purchase and restore a brick and frame Queen Anne style house at 3006 Archwood Ave., the Frink-Pope House.  When purchased, the house was one of the most deteriorated in the district. But after extensive renovations the house is now a neighborhood showplace.  Fine woodwork and the key interior spaces were preserved intact, but a large family room with vaulted ceiling was created on the second floor in front and a skylit loft-type rear suite was created.  This project also qualified for the federal tax credit.

Dover Farm (See the Headquarters page for more detailed information)

McQuillin’s latest and largest project so far is Dover Farm, 31156 Detroit Rd. in Westlake.  When first constructed in 1838 it was one of the largest and grandest houses in all of Cuyahoga County and stood on one of the largest farms in the county, at 3,500 acres or over five square miles.

The house was recorded in 1934 by the Historic American Buildings Survey as one of only seventy houses in Ohio to be photographed and have measured drawings prepared.  However, soon thereafter the house was converted into what would become a 45-bed nursing home, with front and side wings plus large fire escapes.

The house stood empty for ten years after being vacated by the nursing home.  It was slated for demolition for a cluster home development when Steven McQuillin & Associates was asked to advise on the feasibility of saving this landmark.  As a result, the house was partitioned off on an acre lot that was acquired by Steven McQuillin in 1998.  The exterior was restored and a sympathetic garage/barn addition was made, resembling an 1874 depiction of the property.  Work on the interior is planned for completion later this year, with the offices for the firm located in an addition that resembles the original barn that was at the site.  This addition re-uses old beams from the barn, found while demolishing an addition to the house that utilized the beams when the barn was torn down.

In all these projects, Steve McQuillin has served as owner/developer, working with the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.  These projects have been financially successful.  Eyesores have been transformed back into historic landmarks that are well adapted to today’s lifestyles while following federal preservation guidelines.  On a smaller scale, part of our community’s and our nation’s history has been safeguarded for the future.  These projects have provided Steve McQuillin with experience in advising others on historic house rehabilitation.  This has been done for dozens of local historical societies and private homeowners.

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Community Planning Projects

Cities and villages often struggle with issues of development and maintaining a sense of place in a changing society.  Below are examples in which Steven McQuillin & Associates has been involved in projects dealing with these issues.

Cleveland

Steven McQuillin & Associates has worked in many Cleveland neighborhoods, including Ohio City, Tremont, Detroit-Shoreway, Hough, Cudell, Brooklyn Centre, Fairfax, Broadway, Clark-Fulton, the Flats, Warehouse District and Edgewater.  Five Cleveland National Register district nominations have been prepared, one having over 1,000 properties.

Brooklyn Centre

Steven McQuillin has served for 18 years as chairman of the Brooklyn Centre Design Review Committee. In that capacity, he helped shape the design of a new city fire station that complements the character of the neighborhood and worked on designs for McDonald’s, Wendy’s Shell, BP and Aldi’s that harmonize with the neighborhood, using real brick, historic lampposts and wrought iron fences. Several important preservation projects and the construction of a sympathetically designed neighborhood shopping center were also completed.

Gates Mills

Gates Mills has a history as an early mill town that developed at the turn of the last century as a wealthy suburban community wherein many of the small older farmhouses were preserved while major picturesque estates were created in the rolling Chagrin River valley. The community today is one of the Cleveland area’s most historically intact and desirable suburbs. McQuillin has had the privilege of serving for 14 years as preservation consultant to the village, writing design guidelines, setting boundaries for the local historic district, nominating the village to the National Register of Historic Places. McQuillin has also participated in the design and planning for every major building project in the core area of the village during his time as consultant.

Olmsted Falls

Olmsted Falls is a community that has a rich past, first as a township center and early mill town, later as a small manufacturing village and finally as a suburban Cleveland community. It has an intact commercial core and surrounding historic residential area that is being recognized as a National Register district under a nominated prepared by McQuillin. Steve McQuillin has served as preservation consultant to Olmsted Falls, inventorying historic properties, preparing design guidelines, drafting the local preservation ordinance, helping to develop a community plan and then preparing the National Register district nomination.

Elyria

Elyria is the city where Steve McQuillin grew up and Steve’s first involvement in historic preservation began there. A magnificent old mansion used as the city’s public library was torn down when McQuillin was 16 years old and he was only able to ineffectually protest its demolition. McQuillin's work in Elyria includes drafting its preservation ordinance, nominating about a dozen buildings to the National Register and creating a National Register district along Washington Ave. McQuillin also authored a book on Lorain County landmarks and inventoried hundreds of properties there. He prepared National Register nominations for Wellington, Vermilion, Oberlin and Brownhelm.

North Central Ohio

From 1978-81, McQuillin served as Regional Preservation Officer for North Central Ohio, In that capacity, he prepared National Register district nominations in Mansfield, Wooster, Coshocton, Mount Vernon, Centerburg, Gambier, Fredericktown, Chesterville. He did other planning activities in that region and helped to host a preservation conference in Mount Vernon in 1980.

Canton

McQuillin has served as preservation consultant to the City of Canton for over seven years and has inventoried over a thousand properties in the city and assisted in delineating potential National Register districts in the city.

Other Survey Work

Steven McQuillin & Associates has also done extensive survey work for Alliance, Willoughby, Akron, Springfield, Hiram, Canfield and Mentor.

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