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The Carlisle Building’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

The grand opening of The Carlisle Building took place yesterday, Monday, October 19, 2015. The two-part event included an extraordinary and welcoming community ribbon cutting during the afternoon, followed by a private VIP evening gathering to honor all of the hard work and dedication that has been put forth into the project. Michael’s remarks prior to the ribbon cutting are shared below. Later in the evening, Michael was awarded the 2015 City of Chillicothe Mayor’s Award for the “Carlisle Building Renovation Project.” Throughout the day, nearly 1,000 tours were given of the astounding and meticulously restored building. Both the renovation and the celebration honoring the new life of The Carlisle Building and its wonderful community could not have been a greater success.

Michael Chesler’s Remarks for The Carlisle Grand Opening



The Market Block Building Awarded the Commercial Revitalization Award

The Market Block Building in Warren, OH was awarded the “Commercial Revitalization Award” for the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.


The Raymond John Wean Foundation – Market Block Building

“The Market Block building on Courthouse Square in Warren was built in 1868.  The building evolved through a variety of uses and was sitting vacant in the late 2000’s.  In 2011 the Chesler Group of Cleveland purchased the building specifically to renovate it for the Raymond John Wean Foundation.  The designers and architects restored original skylights, exposed the original masonry walls, and repurposed 1940’s-era doors and original 1868 pocket doors.  The finished building houses the offices of the Wean Foundation, additional office space for new initiatives funded by the Foundation, a community meeting space, conference rooms, break rooms, a fitness room, and reception areas.”

Excerpt from Mahoning Valley Historical Society 2015 Historic Preservation Awards
Released May 22, 2015

– Mahoning Valley Historical Society
– The Vindicator
– The Vindicator

Just Announced: The Market Block Building Receives An Ohio Heritage Award

We are pleased to announce that The Market Block Building at 147 West Market Street in Warren, Ohio has been honored with the Best Commercial Rehabilitation Award by Heritage Ohio. “This award is presented to one or more individuals, tenants or building owners who have completed the best storefront, interior and/or total building improvement project in the State of Ohio based on proper preservation techniques.” (Heritage Ohio)

The historic storefront located at Warren’s Courthouse Square was completely restored by The Chesler Group, Inc. in June 2012 as the new home for The Raymond John Wean Foundation. This renovation conjoined three separate dry goods buildings, originally built in 1868, directly in front of the Trumble County Courthouse. We incorporated a functional yet highly creative layout that allowed for natural light to penetrate the new office and meeting spaces, while meticulously restoring and preserving the historic details of the building.

The restoration included the creation of a 120-person multi-purpose assembly room, known as the Western Reserve Room, to serve the Mahoning Valley as a community meeting space.  The basement was converted to a functional garden level and is outfitted as incubator office space for new and/or upcoming non-profit programs.  The rehabilitation underscores our commitment to restoring historic buildings in the State of Ohio and its neighborhoods.

The award will be celebrated at Heritage Ohio’s Annual Awards Luncheon on May 23, 2013.

The Ohio Development Services Agency Announces The Ohio Preservation Tax Credit Awards In Cleveland, Ohio

The Ohio Development Services Agency has announced the Round 9 Tax Credit Awards in a recent press release and at a press conference held in downtown Cleveland Thursday December 20, at the East Ohio Gas Building on East 9th Street.

Christiane Schmenk, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, delivered the announcement with Ohio State Senator Larry Obhof and Judith L. Kitchen of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office in a crowd attended by local developers and press.

Eligible applicants include Owners and long-term lessees of historically designated buildings.
The program requires that that plans are reviewed by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office to validate compliance with with the U.S Secretary of the Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation.

The Chesler Group has been awarded $1.4 million to restore the Carlisle Block Building of Chillicothe, Ohio among 23 projects throughout the state.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Awards Office Honors The Chesler Group With The Preservation Merit Award

The Chesler Group and ASM International were represented by Chika Aizu, Senior Vice President of The Chesler Group, who accepted the Preservation Merit Award for preservation and rehabiltation of the 1959 ASM International Headquaters in Materials Park, Ohio.

The Preservation Merit Award recognizes outstanding effort restoring and rehabilitating structures signifigant to the region preserving history, culture or architecture.

The Ohio Preservation Office Awards Luncheon was held Saturday November 3 at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus, Ohio.

The 50 year old building is one of the youngest historic structures to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Ohio.

As there are relatively few guidelines on how to deal with modern construction comprised primarily of metals, concrete and glass and the restoration work was formidable at times.

The Chesler Group worked closely with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service to develop and write standards for the ASM International Headquarters renovation.

The National Trust For Historic Preservation Award Goes To The Chesler Group!

Michael Chesler traveled to Spokane Washington Friday November, 2 to receive the National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Chesler Group was recognized for its work restoring the 1959 ASM International Headquarters in Materials Park, Ohio.

The landmark building underwent an $8 million rehabilitation, restoring the architectural design and vision of John Terence Kelly enhanced by the geodesic dome inspired by the work of of R. Buckminster Fuller.

The National Preservation Awards ceremony took place Friday November, 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Martin Woldson Theater in Spokane.
The award is a great accomplishment for The Chesler Group, ASM and North East Ohio.

The Chesler Group, Inc. receives 2011 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award

The Chesler Group along with Dimit Architects are two of the fifteen recipients of 2011 Ohio Historic Preservation Merit Award. This honor is received for the preservation and rehabilitation of the Andrew Jackson house at 277 East mill Street in Akron, OH.

The Preservation Merit Award is for preserving Ohio’s prehistory, history, architecture, or culture. Eligible activities include restoring, rehabilitating, or otherwise preserving an important building or site, longtime stewardship of a property, promoting protective legislation, funding preservation projects, offering leadership, support, or service, and furthering preservation at the local, regional, or state level.

The Chesler Group would like to thank Tom Schock of Schock Development Consulting, Inc. for the nomination.

For more information on 2011 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Awards:

The Chesler Group receives AIA-CRS 2011 Preservation Award of Merit

Sponsored by the Cleveland Restoration Society and the American Institute of Architects in recognition of projects that have contributed significantly to the quality of life in Greater Cleveland, The Chesler Group was presented with a 2011 Preservation Award for the Andrew Jackson House renovation.

Andrew Jackson House Wins Best Commercial Rehabilitation Award at Heritage Ohio’s Annual Awards Ceremony


Columbus, OHIO–Heritage Ohio awarded the “Best Commercial Rehabilitation” to the Andrew Jackson House, Michael Chesler accepted the award Thursday, April 28th at Heritage Ohio’s Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony held at the Westin Hotel in Columbus. The Awards Ceremony is held in conjunction with Heritage Ohio’s Statewide Conference.

Best Commercial Rehabilitation co-winner– Andrew Jackson House
The Andrew Jackson House, built circa 1868 and located on the corner of East Mill Street and Union Street, is a prominent building in downtown Akron. The mansion was originally built as the private residence for Akron lumber magnate Andrew Jackson. This beautiful example of a Second Empire house near the University of Akron has played a significant role in the history of Akron for over 140 plus years.

The Chesler Group performed a complete historic restoration in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings. The structure was in a pre-rehab condition and required comprehensive interior and exterior renovation inclusive of all new interior partitions, finishes, flooring, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression systems, and new water and sewer lines as well as comprehensive waterproofing. New code complaint egress stairs, elevator, restrooms and door openings were installed to make the building ADA complaint. Exterior work on the building and site was part of the renovation including window restoration, masonry restoration, roof work, landscaping, ornate fencing and the resurfacing of the parking area.

“All the communities, organizations and individuals receiving awards today have demonstrated a local commitment to sustaining and growing the preservation and revitalization movement. Ohioans are concerned about the future of their heritage,” stated W. Kevin Pape, Board Chair of Heritage Ohio. Added Pape, “The inspiration these award winners provide to other communities will pay dividends far into the future.”

More than 20 communities, organizations and individuals submitted nominations for consideration. The awards recognize the numerous preservation and revitalization accomplishments of downtowns and neighborhoods across the state. The Selection Committee reported an increased level of quality in nominations, awarding 9 categories at this year’s event.

Heritage Ohio is the statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage. Formed in 1989, Heritage Ohio has more than 500 members ranging from individuals and households to organizations and local governments. In 2002, Heritage Ohio was designated as the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Heritage Ohio encourages the development, redevelopment and improvement of downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. Heritage Ohio works as a catalyst for downtown development by bringing together downtown organizations, conducting statewide seminars and conferences and providing a network to share knowledge, common experiences and challenges concerning downtowns. Learn more at

Heritage Ohio has received support from the Ohio Department of Development’s Office of Housing and Community Partnerships, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and several Ohio corporations.

Andrew Jackson House Renovation receives 2010 Architectural Heritage Award

On September 20, 2010, The Chesler Group, Inc. accepted the 2010 Architectural Heritage Award “Excellence in Preservation of a Historic Landmark” by The Summit County Historical Society and Progress Through Preservation.