Beyond Warswaza: Ohio History Service Corps & City Beautiful Context Survey
Beginning in August of 2012, we started a collaborative survey with the Ohio History Service Corps & City Beautiful. The objective included identifying resources that demonstrate the turn of the 20th century Polish immigrant experience. The result included the identification of 154 resources, a context document report, and a streetscape design for Broadway Avenue & East 55th Street.
Thanks to the Ohio History Service Corps & City Beautiful!
Photo Courtesy of the City Beautiful Group, a young professional affiliate of the Cleveland Restoration Society.
Beyond Warszawa: The Historic Building Survey of Broadway-Slavic Village
Following a year of research and documentation, the "Beyond Warszawa: The Historic Building Survey of Broadway-Slavic Village," discusses the findings and recommendations for future preservation efforts in the greater Warszawa neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio.
During the late 19th century, the Polish immigrant community came to Cleveland and settled in the area now known as Broadway and Fleet Avenue. Saint Stanislaus Church and School forms the center of this historic community, while satellite neighborhoods grew around it. While not the only Polish community in Cleveland, greater Warszawa is considered the most prolific example of turn of the 20th century Polish settlement in Cleveland. However, this significant community is threatened by abandonment and social conditions that lead community leaders to repeated decisions of demolition over preservation.
Unless leaders come to understand the true significance of the existing resources that depict historic Warszawa, and its satellite neighborhoods of Jackowa, Krakowa, and Goosetown, the very experience that founded our city as we know it will be lost to the bulldozer and seeded lot. This report provides the context to save this place using 21st century preservation in action as a means to grow our future.