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Steven McQuillin & Associates, Building Preservation Consultants
31156 Detroit Rd., Westlake, Ohio 44145 (440) 899-1200


Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation
Master of Science in Historic Preservation; James Renwick, Jr., Scholarship award; thesis under Professor James Marston Fitch, program founder

Oberlin College
Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Architecture and Urban Studies, with scholarship awards

Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies,  New York, New York
One-year course of studies under the direction of Peter Eisenman and Rem Koolhaas

Work Experience

Preservation Consulting Firm

  • full-time consulting firm in historic preservation for over 27 years

  • meets U. S. Dept. of the Interior professional qualifications for history and architectural history and

  • registered in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

  • certified as a qualified architectural conservator by Heritage Preservation in Washington, D. C.

  • performs federally funded conservation assessments of historic properties

  • prepares applications for projects seeking the 20% federal rehabilitation tax credit

  • provides technical preservation assistance on tax credit projects

  • has prepared over 120 separate nominations to the National Register of Historic Places

  • writes local preservation ordinances

  • performs environmental reviews under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act

  • prepares historic house designs and addition/renovation plans

  • records historic properties for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)

  • offices for over 20 years in Cleveland's Brooklyn Centre Historic District, an inner city neighborhood.

  • Current headquarters in 1838 brick Greek Revival building, owned since 1998

Architecture and Design Projects

  • Two resort cottages on Hatteras Island of North Carolina's Outer Banks have been designed and built by the firm; they capture the turn-of-the-century Shingle Style character in a contemporary idiom and are available for vacation rental
  • New headquarters at Dover Farm, a restored brick Greek Revival style residence, with offices of the firm in an adjacent reconstructed barn 
  • New house at 31232 Detroit Rd., Westlake, now under construction, to complement the architecture of its neighbor, the 1838 Dover Farm
  • Elyria City Hall feasibility study prepared in 1986 for the city to build a new municipal complex at a cost of $8 million which incorporates and restores the old 1867 town hall and opera house, project completed in 2003
  • Wayne County Courthouse exterior restoration; drawings featured in the Ohio Historical Society's Annual Report; renovated courtroom and restored rotunda; renovated old Wayne County Jail into restaurant 
  • Plans made in 1997 for restoring historic 1895 Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio 
  • Published a report on the renovation of the Ohio Statehouse that helped save the turn-of-the-century Statehouse Annex 
  • Advocate for preservation of the 1970 Marcel Breuer-designed wing of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Breuer-designed 28-story Cleveland Trust Tower
  • Plans and specifications for the restoration of McKim, Mead & White Hanna Mansion, Bratenahl, part of Newport 
  • Master plan for the Cincinnati Historical Society in 1994, an Art Deco landmark, one of America's great old train stations. 
  • House Additions and Renovations (Selected Projects) 

    Dr. & Mrs. James C. Schneider, Olmsted Falls; rear addition and renovations;
    Ben Norton, Lorain; family room & master bedroom addition to historic lakefront Greek Revival; 
    Greg Allen, Avon; family room & master bedroom addition to old farmhouse; new kitchen addition; 
    Frederick Stueber, Kelley's Island; new front porch and bathrooms for landmark Greek Revival; 
    Frederick Hauret, Cleveland; lofted apartment addition and new kitchen for Italianate; Rick Nicholson, Cleveland; front stair & porch reconstruction, new kitchen, etc. 
    Claude Weagraff, Lakeside; front porch reconstruction 
  • Master plan prepared for Glamorgan Castle in Alliance, Ohio, one of Ohio's most impressive landmarks 
  • Prepared plans, supervised construction and financing of two $150,000 conversions of dilapidated houses in Cleveland's Brooklyn Centre; aluminum siding stripped away, porches rebuilt, and many historic details restored; residence and office of this firm for 20 years at Weldon Davis House, an 1895 Queen Anne style turreted mansion with reconstructed carriage house 
  • Restoration of a large brick Greek Revival house in Westlake, formerly an abandoned nursing home with front addition 
  • Plan for reconfiguring I-71 freeway in Cleveland’s Brooklyn Centre and Tremont neighborhoods to create more open space
  • Currently overseeing restoration and expansion of the Weston House in Westlake, an 1845 stone Greek Revival style farmhouse

Planning Projects

  • Bay Village, Westlake, Strongsville, Ashland, Hancock, Lorain, Marion and Wayne Co. Historical Society master plans plus plans for Historic Fort Steuben, Mahoning Valley Historical Society and Canfield Historical Society

  • National Circus Hall of Fame & Museum, Peru, Indiana - master plan for 7-building complex

  • Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas, Ohio - renovation plans for Malabar Inn and plan for museum complex

  • Springfield Old City Hall - master plan for conversion to a historical facility and public office building

  • Historic American Buildings Survey documentation of 33 buildings in Springfield, Ohio, in 1997-98 for the city, development of a Memorandum of Agreement and Programmatic Agreement between the city and the Ohio SHPO

  • Service since 1987 as consultant to the Historical Subcommittee of the Gates Mills Architectural Board of Review. Design guidelines and National Register Multiple Property Documentation nomination prepared for the entire village

  • Survey of over five hundred historic resources in Alliance, Ohio, 1991-93, which were recorded on Ohio Historic Inventory forms and included a a published report; preservation plan and local law were prepared; enacted by the city

  • Historic surveys in several neighborhoods of Akron, including Storer Avenue, Mull Avenue, University of Akron areas

  • Survey of over sixty U. S. post offices from the 1930s prepared for the U. S. Postal Service in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky

  • Brooklyn Centre Multiple Resource Area and historic district nominations prepared in Cleveland, expanded the Ohio City National Register boundaries; prepared National Register nomination in the Franklin-West Clinton neighborhood

  • Detailed plan was prepared in 1997 for restoring Cleveland Public Square into a single large park, based on its historic appearance; plans endorsed by environmental and arts groups with studies to evaluate its potential

  • Mansfield local preservation ordinance written and used to enable the city to become Ohio's first Certified Local Government; properties nominated to the National Register and plan developed for houses along Park Ave. West

  • Preservation consultant to Canton's Community Development Department; surveys of downtown neighborhoods and industrial buildings of Canton; over 700 properties and 20 neighborhoods surveyed

  • Olmsted Falls, Ohio Historic Inventory of over 150 properties; wrote new historic preservation ordinance; assisted the city in the development of its strategic long-range development plan; and prepared National Register district nomination, plus oversee improvements to hundreds of houses as part of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s weatherization program

  • Preservation laws for Elyria, Oberlin, Ravenna, Gates Mills, Wooster, Hiram, Alliance, Strongsville and Mansfield

  • McQuillin has special expertise on Americans With Disabilities Act, spoke at a conference on the subject and prepared plans for several historical organizations that sensitively address the needs of the handicapped in historic properties

Tax Certification Projects

  • Consultant on 1963 United Founders Life Tower & 1966 Citizens Bank Tower in Oklahoma City, Early Modern landmarks Sunshine Cloak Company and M. T. Silver Building, Superior Ave., Cleveland, tax credit consultant

  • Preservation consultant for Orpheum Theatre restoration and Municipal Auditorium projects, Sioux City, Iowa

  • Service since 1988 as consultant for Nela Park (GE Lighting headquarters) the nation's first industrial park; prepared preservation management plan, oversaw $30 million in renovations of over ten buildings

  • Consultant for Cleveland Telecom Center on the upper floors of Dillard's Department Store, Public Square, Key Bank offices and the new casino project

  • Woodland Ave. & West Side Street Railway Power House converted into the focal point of the Flats' west bank entertainment

  • Consultation services have been provided on much work in Cleveland's Warehouse District including the Hat Factory, Johnson Block, Jobber's Block, Chamberlain Block, Burgess Block, Painters' Building, Cornell Block, Grand Arcade, Hilliard Block, 820 Building, Bloch's Block, Miller Block, Lorenzo Carter Building, Courthouse Square, New York Coach Block, Tackaberry Trunk Company, Shanman Building and the Perry-Payne Building

  • Renovation guidance of two major historic buildings at USS/Kobe Steel Co. as part of a half-billion dollar project

  • Plans for re-use of schools, including an 1874 Victorian Gothic brick school now used as an art center; Beehive and Doan schools in Cleveland transformed into senior housing; re-use plans also prepared for Watterson, St. John Cantius, East Madison, Lulu Diehl and Hodge schools in Cleveland and for Amherst Central High School

  • Greyhound Bus Station, Cleveland, Ohio, rehabilitation of this 1946 Art Moderne style building

Academic Work


  • Opulent Interiors of the Gilded Age, Dover Publications, with Arnold Lewis and James Turner

  • The History of Ohio's Counties and Their Historical Courthouses with Dr. Larry Marzulli as co-author

  • Preserving Our Past, Lorain County, Ohio landmarks published by the Lorain County Regional Planning Commission

  • Ohio Statehouse Renovation Plan, 50-page report published with a grant from Columbia University

  • AIA Guide to Cleveland Architecture, authored the chapter on architectural styles found in Cleveland.

  • Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians articles on two Cleveland publications

  • FACADE, the quarterly newsletter of the Cleveland Restoration Society, featured regular articles by McQuillin

  • Preservation Notes, the firm’s semi-annual newsletter, published in print form from 1989-2009, now available on line 
  • Contributing writer for DOCOMOMO’s newsletter

College Teaching

History of Architecture courses were taught at Ursuline College, Kent State, Ohio State and community colleges.

Professional Affiliations 

  • Chair, 25 years, Brooklyn Centre Design Review Committee, Cleveland Landmarks Commission

  • Past president: Terra Cotta Conservation Group, Crossroads Development Corp., Brooklyn Centre Historical Society

  • Member Cleveland Restoration Society, Preservation Action, National Trust for Historic Preservation (presenter at 1996 Annual Meeting)

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