Diana Wellman worked as a preservationist in Cleveland for 12 years and was asked to work on a project to get Inglewood on the National Registry for Historic Neighborhoods. She talks about the highs and the lows, as well as, the surprises that she found along the way. She first gives a brief history and an overview of the landscape of the neighborhood. She discusses various architectural cues and where she got her information from. She used Sandbourn Insurance maps to chart out the neighborhood, but she also stumbled upon blueprints that some houses still had, which was a surprise. She then discusses the Van Sweringen brothers and why they built this neighborhood. She discusses the timeline for acceptance into the registry, and who worked on the application with her. She concludes by saying that history has an interesting way of revealing itself.


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Wellman, Diana (interviewee)


Cleveland Heights



Document Type

Oral History


27 minutes

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