Thursday, April 09, 2009

Tour the St. Colman & St. Stephen Churches

In light of the pending closure of many of the region's Roman Catholic churches, tours of several of the most significant ones are being organized by the Ohio and Erie Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.

On April 18, meet us for the first tour at St. Colman Church at 10 a.m.; the second tour begins at 11:30 a.m. at St. Stephen Church. You are welcome to one or both. RSVP appreciated at or by calling 216 631 0557. The event flyer is HERE.

Architectural historian Tim Barrett, who described St. Colman and St. Stephen as “the two most important church interiors in Cleveland”, will lead the tours. These two churches went through the diocese-wide reorganization process as part of the same cluster. St. Stephen is to stay open and St. Colman is to be closed. The tours promise to be an enriching experience to all interested in architecture, historic preservation and local history.

The Sacred Architecture Tours will continue over the next few months to view and record architecturally significant interiors of Cleveland's Catholic Churches before they are permanently closed and dismantled. Look for the next tour announcement in your email soon.

The tours are free of charge. Architects can earn Continuing Education Credits (1 HSW unit per church). Please see attached flyer for details.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to Classical Architecture and the allied arts. It provides a broad array of educational opportunities to students, patrons, architects and artists. The Ohio and Erie Chapter of the ICA& CA organizes these tours. It has its headquarters in Cleveland and includes all of Ohio, and the cities of Buffalo, Pittsburg, and Detroit. You can find out more at

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