The Heritage Home Programâ„  assists the owners of older homes in maintaining and improving their properties.

Our team of highly trained professionals knows what makes older houses tick. We can help determine what improvements will increase the value of your home and preserve the architectural features you fell in love with in the first place. We know what materials to use for optimal results and where to find them.

The Heritage Home Program is a division of the Cleveland Restoration Society, the largest non-governmental regional historic preservation organization in Ohio. The Cleveland Restoration Society aims to reclaim the vitality, prosperity, and beautify of northeast Ohio through the preservation of its remarkable architecture, and the Heritage Home Program was specially developed to assist homeowners in that mission.


Historic preservation results in:

    • Positive reinvestment
    • An increase in property values
    • Investor confidence
    • Neighborhood stability

Caring for your home and its history makes others care about it too. When you put the time into maintaining your old home or restoring its architectural features, it affects the whole neighborhood.


The HHP is divided into two categories of services:


Free and impartial advice on home improvement and maintenance projects.



Subsidized-rate financing to cover project costs.



You do not have to use one to use the other, but you may take advantage of all our services if your home qualifies.



If your home is 50 years old or older and is located in a participating city, you can receive technical assistance and may qualify for a low-interest rehabilitation loan. The loan can be used for numerous interior and exterior projects that make your home more comfortable while preserving architectural character.

To find out if your home is located in a participating city, follow the link below.



See what other homeowners have done with the help of the Heritage Home Program!


This impressive Swiss-Chalet Revival style house was in probate for two years, vacant and vandalized. The homeowner used the Heritage Home Program to complete a total rehab, inside and out.

The Heritage Home Program can also fund garages and additions sympathetic in scale, architectural style and general context for the property.

This house is a three-time Heritage Home Program participant! The first homeowner started the initial rehab in 1993. The second homeowner used the Heritage Home Program for exterior carpentry repairs, painting and a kitchen renovation. In 2003, the homeowner again used the program for a fresh coat of paint.

This Heritage Home Program project shows how a modest investment of less than $11,000 can transform a house. The homeowner completed a new roof, exterior painting and manicured the landscape.

These homeowners completed most of the work themselves. They removed the aluminum siding, which put cash back into their budget. Carpentry repairs were made to the wood siding and a fresh coat of paint was applied. It was also important to them to restore the copper roof at the bay window on the side of the house.

Check out our Homeowner Gallery to see more!