Western Reserve Historical Society marks turnaround with updates
Posted August 01, 2011 in Articles
Author: Margaret Bernstein, Plain Dealer Reporter
The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum's cars and planes will vanish next month. But this time, it won't be because of financial woes. In fact, it's just the opposite. The Western Reserve Historical Society, which operates the Crawford museum, will place the vehicles in temporary storage so that it can embark on 10 months of renovations and improvements, financed mainly by a long-delayed $2.8 million grant from the state.
Historical society officials this week will announce a sweeping plan to update its University Circle facility and make it handicap accessible. New roofing, ceilings, insulation, electrical and sprinkler systems will be installed in the two lobbies and the Crawford museum, and the gift shop will be expanded. The Crawford museum will undergo a face-lift and two new grand staircases will create a more dramatic introduction to the collections downstairs