Olney House & Gallery
Original Construction: 1892
Original Architect: Coburn & Barnum
Restoration Completed: 2017
Project Cost: $2.5 million
Scale: 20,000 sq. ft.
Cleveland Restoration Society/AIA Cleveland: 2017 Community Impact Award
The Olney House and Gallery is a historic building in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, OH. The wood frame house was constructed in 1870 with the brick and terra cotta gallery building added in 1898. There were significant structural and exterior renovation issues, including a monstrous skylight that had been roofed over about 20 years prior and would have been very difficult to restore and maintain. The team was able to isolate one remaining area of the crumbling ceiling and make plaster molds to recreate the significant amount of detail work that was missing. Despite these challenges, the Olney House was able to be respectfully restored and is now considered an iconic gem of the Tremont area.