Monday, April 28, 2008

In Memoriam: Robert C. Gaede

I just noticed this email from Kerri Broome over at the CRS. Bob was a friend of all of us. My family has worked with him since at least the late 1950s. He is a classy, elegant, articulate, gentle man, the kind they don't make too many of any more, or perhaps ever. We interviewed him at his offices in the 820 Building in a Meet.The.Bloggers session a little over 2 years ago.

I'm grateful to have known him, and to have been fortunate enough to subscribe to the early FACADE Newsletters.

Here's the CRS email:

Robert C. Gaede, FAIA
November 6, 1920 - April 16, 2008

Cleveland has lost it's "senior statesman" for historic preservation with the death of Bob Gaede on Wednesday, April 16. Bob dedicated his life to architecture. He was a founding member and an Honorary Life Trustee of the Cleveland Restoration Society and served as editor of its publication, Facade, for nearly three decades. Bob saved many endangered landmarks through his engaging prose and kind demeanor, always backed by solid architectural ideas and hand-drawn illustrations. He built a successful practice in architecture, both new design and historic rehabilitation. He volunteered extensively over his lifetime for nonprofit organizations and under-funded preservation causes.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Church of the Western Reserve, 30500 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike. A celebration of life will follow at the Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Cleveland Restoration Society

Kerri Broome
Development & Communications

(going back through The Ferris Construction Company's records, I see that the Church of the Western Reserve at Lander Circle & Fairmount Boulevard in Pepper Pike, Ohio, was our job #624)

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