Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Restoration
Westlake Reed Leskosky recently completed the preservation and rehabilitation of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on Cleveland's Public Square. Built in 1894 at a cost of $280,000, the structure is the city's major Civil War Memorial and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Save America's Treasures. The current preservation effort represents a joining of private and public groups-including local foundations, the non-profit Monument Commission, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners-to restore the beauty and identity of the historic spaces, improve the utility of the building, and impart public respect for and understanding of the monument and the history which it illuminates.
The project's scope involves the building's envelope, interior and services, encompassing such key issues as: creating appropriate ADA access; controlling moisture penetration; restoring deteriorating masonry; new HVAC systems; interior and exterior lighting; conservation of paint, bronze and stained glass elements; and creating an enhanced interpretive program. All improvements will be completed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Westlake Reed Leskosky is providing comprehensive, fully-integrated design and project management services for this project, including architecture,
engineering, and historic preservation.