ICAA Chapter News

Ohio and Lake Erie

On October 18, 2014, Architect William Heyer will present a history and lead a sketching opportunity of the Alfred Kelley House at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio. Kelley (1789–1859) was a politician, financier, railroad entrepreneur, and lawyer, but is perhaps best known as the father of the Ohio canal system. Born in Connecticut, Kelley moved to Cleveland in 1810 and immediately became involved in local and state politics becoming the hamlet’s first executive in 1815. In the mid 1830s, upon completing the canals, he built a monumental Greek Revival-style mansion of sandstone on east Broad Street in Columbus. The remnants of this mansion were given to the Western Reserve Historical Society and placed at Hale Farm by the Ohio Historical Society in the late 1960s. Some of the stone has been incorporated into walls and benches along the tow path of the canal in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and has been built into a fireplace in the visitors center. The majority of the stone from the Alfred Kelley house remains where it was set nearly a half-century ago. 20’ long, monolithic stone columns, Ionic capitals, architraves, and cornices are scattered in piles and present striking views of ruin and abandon. Participants are encouraged to sketch and watercolor amongst the piles of stones and at other locations at Hale Farm. Box lunches will be available. The presentation will begin at the Visitor’s Center at 10:30 am. The cost of the event is $20 (ICAA members) and $25 (non-members) and includes a box lunch and access to Hale Farm. RSVP required ohio@classicist.org or (216) 631-0557. Kindly respond and make payment no later than October 14, 2014.

Mark your calendars:  Please join fellow Ohio and Lake Erie Chapter members at the annual Holiday Party, on December 10, 2014 at the Union Club of Cleveland. 


For more information about the Ohio and Lake Erie Chapter, please contact ohio@classicist.org.   

Alfred Kelley House, Columbus, Ohio

Column in the forest on the property of Hale Farm and Village, Ohio

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