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2009 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award Recipients

Preservation Merit Award to Michael Chesler and the Chesler Group for over 20 years of service as an advocate for, and practitioner of, preservation and adaptive use of the Cleveland area’s historic buildings.


The Chesler Group, Inc. is a redeveloper of historic commercial buildings with a special emphasis on the adaptive reuse of distressed commercial properties. Over the past twenty years, Michael Chesler and the Michael Chesler Group have helped preserve and rehabilitate numerous significant buildings in greater Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio region. Michael Chesler has a genuine passion for historic architecture and really falls in love with every building he commits to renovate and redevelop. He has stated that “because historic structures position and orient us in history, preserving them gives us all a sense of time, place, and collective accomplishment.”

Each of the Chesler Group’s rehabilitation projects in the Upper Prospect Avenue Multiple Resources Area listing in downtown Cleveland makes a unique and irreplaceable contribution to the historic character of the neighborhood. Starting in 1989 with the renovation of Gaensslen Place, The Chesler Group has completed five full-scale rehabilitations on Prospect Avenue, all in keeping with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The results are breathtaking and meaningful.

Historic properties of note in Cleveland and Akron that have been restored and rehabilitated by the Chesler Group, and which you have been looking at photos of, include:

The 1871 Kies-Murfey Mansion, the 1879 Southworth Mansion, the 1910 McGuffey School, the 1895 Van Roy Coffee Company Building, and the 1872 Michael Groh Mansion, all in Cleveland, and the 1868 Andrew Jackson House, in Akron.

Michael Chesler, president and founder of The Chesler Group, Inc. is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Case Western Reserve University. After spending many years in Japan as a market analyst for Time Magazine, he founded The Chesler Group, Inc. in 1988 to help American companies and institutions export their intellectual properties and products to Asian markets. In addition to his historic real estate redevelopment work, Mr. Chesler continues to represent a broad range of educational institutions, non-profit organizations and corporations who are expanding into the global marketplace.

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