Saint Luke’s Manor in Cleveland to Receive Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to Present National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation at National Conference

Washington, D.C. – The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its 2012 National Trust/Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation to Saint Luke’s Manor in Cleveland, Ohio.  The project is one of 22 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2012 National Preservation Conference next week in Spokane, Washington.

The Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio was a thriving, close-knit community in the first half of the 20th century, and at its heart was Saint Luke’s Hospital.  Built in 1927, the 390,000 square-foot complex served the citizens of Cleveland and made major contributions to the city’s health-care industry.

However, the neighborhood deteriorated as many of its residents fled to the suburbs in the late 20th century, and Saint Luke’s was eventually abandoned.  The building remained empty for 12 years, and was repeatedly vandalized over the years as numerous development attempts stalled.  Finally, building owners Neighborhood Progress, Inc. found the partner it needed in Pennrose Properties, and together they set out to turn the building into affordable rental housing for seniors and office space for local non-profits. Saint Luke’s Manor is now anchoring a 20 acre revitalization effort in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood.

Financial support for the project came from the City of Cleveland, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the Ohio Department of Development, Enterprise Community Investment, and PNC Bank. The project also utilized both low income and federal and state historic tax credits.     

 “Thanks to this innovative public-private partnership, Saint Luke’s is once again serving as a vital center of community life in Cleveland,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “The former hospital, once known for nurturing patients, is now fostering new life in the community.” 

“The redevelopment of St. Luke’s Hospital speaks volumes about the kind of community we want to live in while preserving where we’ve come from,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “By respecting the past, the development team is breathing new life into a neighborhood where roots run deep and where the residents continue to aspire to a brighter future.”

The award will be presented to Pennrose Properties, LLC at the National Preservation Awards ceremony in Spokane, Wash., on Friday, November 2.

Co-recipients are: Artography Studios; The City of Cleveland; Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.; Mistick Construction Company; Neighborhood Progress, Inc.; Ohio Development Services Agency; Ohio Housing Finance Agency; PNC; Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at


Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Donovan Rypkema, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation: Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station--Freedom Rides Museum, Montgomery, Ala.

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Preservation: M. Rosalind Sagara, Riverside, Calif.  

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Enid Pinkney, Coral Gables, Fl.

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Saint Luke’s Manor, Cleveland.

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minn. 

John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy: John Andrew Gallery, Philadelphia.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: The Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago.


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ASM International Headquarters, Materials Park, Ohio.

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center, Chicago.

Leavenworth Building 19, Leavenworth, Kan.

Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island’s Preservation of Duey’s Home, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Mason City, Iowa.

Main Building at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio.

Market Square Place, Pittsburgh.

New Orleans U.S. Custom House, New Orleans.

Oswego Iron Furnace, Lake Oswego, Ore. 

Accident Fund National Headquarters/Ottawa Street Power Station, Lansing, Mich.

SIERR Building at McKinstry Station, Spokane, Wash.

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Kansas City, Mo.

Washington State Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative, Wash.  



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