The Raymond John Wean Foundation
“Working with The Chesler Group to renovate a historic building made perfect sense to us. They seamlessly handle all aspects of the project, from architectural design to seeking historic tax credits down to selecting the best craftsmen for high-quality finish work.
Michael Chesler’s experience, knowledge, relationships, high standards and incredible attention to detail truly set The Chesler Group apart. Tasks are completed on time and as promised.”
Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Raymond John Wean Foundation
The building is a fine example of an Italianate/Tuscan style historic storefront. It was originally constructed as three separate structures. These buildings were combined into one building at some point in the late 19th century and the current façade dates to pre WWI with multiple storefront modifications. The building was the town Woolworth’s for possibly 40 years, then becoming a Dollar General and most recently it was used as County offices. The building had been vacant since 2008.
The City of Warren has played an important role in Ohio’s history. In 1801, Warren was established as the seat of Trumbull County, and was considered the religious, social, and commercial hub of the Connecticut Western Reserve. This distinction has made the Courthouse Square a significant part of Warren’s history. The Trumbull County Courthouse is recognized as one of the most magnificent in Ohio. The Warren Commercial Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It is comprised of various commercial and governmental entities that surround Warren’s Courthouse Square and is a major attraction of downtown Warren and Trumbull County. The 147 West Market Street property is located in the district directly across the main entrance of the Trumbull County Courthouse. According to the National Register nomination, the building has been identified as a contributing historic structure to the historic district. Even though the building has been vacant since 2008, its historic integrity has been preserved. As a major commercial structure in a prominent downtown location, it has played a significant role in the history of Warren for over 120 years.
ASM World Headquarters
9639 Kinsman Road
Material Park, Ohio
“I never thought of restoring our building to get on the Historic Register. I didn’t think we qualified, wasn’t even aware of it as an opportunity until I met Michael Chesler. He had insight and experience into how to make it all work out for everyone’s benefit.
We’re so proud to be the stewards of this remarkable complex. It epitomizes the optimistic vision of one of America’s greatest eras – and yet it is as beautiful, functional and inspiring as it was the day it opened in 1959.”
Managing Director and Secretary, ASM International
The ASM headquarters and geodesic dome is situated just off Ohio Route 87, approximately 25 miles east of Cleveland in the rural landscape of Russell Township, Ohio. Dominated by a gigantic geodesic dome designed by the visionary architect and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller, who coined the term “Spaceship Earth,” the complex also includes a very fine modernist building at the base of the dome, designed by Cleveland architect John Terence Kelly.
After 50 years the building was in serious need of renovation or demolition so the plans called for a complete historic restoration of the headquarters in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of historic buildings. This rehabilitation will be the first Modern Historic building to be part of the State and Federal Tax credit program. Construction is slated to be completed in Summer of 2011.
- 3 Levels—Garden Level, First, Second.
- Approximately 50,000 Square Feet Building on a 45 acre site.
- Restoration and repair of non-traditional building techniques and materials such as various metals and glass.
- Includes updated mechanical, electrical and plumbing, ADA compliant restrooms and egress, window restoration, restoration of the unique, giant, exterior stainless steel sunscreen, repair of the structural elements such as the steel columns and concrete repairs.
- Aluminum sunshades on the ASM International building will be gently cleaned and refurbished.
- The plate-glass windows are considered “original material” under the National Register designation and will not be replaced with contemporary thermal pane windows but will be restored.
4208 Prospect Avenue
“They provided the full range of skills – architecture, interior design, fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Chesler Group was able to give us the best of both worlds – a comfortable, modern office space in a gracious, old shell.
Michael does what he does better than anyone else, period. If you want a historic building restored, I wouldn’t recommend going to anyone else. It has been wonderful for our ongoing operations since Michael has surrounded himself with a cadre of people who really understand older facilities and this building in particular and they do it so well.”
President and CEO, Saint Luke’s Foundation
Built in 1871 and named for two former owners, the uses to which the Kies-Murfey House were put mirror the history of Cleveland; they ranged from private home and boarding house to institution for unwed mothers, office and warehouse to bakery for the Arabica coffee house chain, its most recent incarnation.
Construction began in August 2002 and was completed Spring 2003. The most difficult part was restoring the original façade and rebuilding the porch, while allowing entry into a lower level space made accessible by a New York brownstone-style garden stairway. In addition, the house was on a higher grade due to Prospect sinking.
- Photos from the Cleveland Public Library and the Western Reserve Historical Society were used as resources for rebuilding the property’s façade, which had been covered over.
- The canopy roof was created in shop and dropped onto the Corinthian porch columns.
- The garret was created from an unfinished attic opened up with exposed rafters and skylights to create a dramatic and effective architect’s studio.
- For ADA compliance, an elevator was installed in a 3.5 ft. space and two doors at a 90 degree angle to serve both sections of the building.
- The fireplaces, topped with oak-framed mirrors, were restored and millwork was repaired or recreated. The newel post and balusters were rebuilt based on the styling of the other woodwork.
- A member of the St. Luke’s board contributed two chandeliers purchased in Austria that matched the décor of the building; later a sconce that matched closely was contributed from the member’s own Cleveland Hts. home.
- A second floor semi-circular stained glass window found a new and more visible home in the front entrance area, where it sets the tone of the house for visitors.
- Updated restrooms and a full kitchen and pantry in the rear section of the house are offered for the comfort of workers, as is a communications room with modern amenities.