The City's historic preservation efforts are led by the Department of Planning and Development, which considers Cleveland Heights' historic building stock to be one of the city's great strengths. Planning staff is sensitive to preservation when considering renovation of buildings and changes to neighborhoods, and works to encourage new development that respects the historic nature of our community.
For more information about historic architecture and historic preservation, see History/Architecture or email the Historic Preservation Planner or call 216-291-4885. Please include a specific subject in the subject line in the email.
The Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission was created by City Council in 1973 to preserve and protect buildings, works of art and other objects of historical or architectural value to the community. The Commission has five members appointed to three-year terms by City Council. Commission activities are funded by the City and supported by staff.
Landmark nominations are made by Commission members or by owners seeking designation for their properties. Nominations must be accompanied by thorough research and documentation. After receiving a nomination, the Landmark Commission tours the site and discusses its Landmark eligibility. Properties may be landmarked for their architectural and/or historical significance to the community.
A designated Cleveland Heights Landmark can be identified by its circular bronze Landmark plaque, often located near the front entry. Owners are expected to keep these valuable resources in good condition so they will remain for future generations. If a Landmark property owner wishes to make exterior alterations, Landmark Commission approval is necessary.
There are more than 50 designated Cleveland Heights Landmarks; view and download the Landmark Booklet (PDF).