Sparx City Hop, a program of Downtown Cleveland Alliance now in its 15th year, celebrates the arts, culture and history of Cleveland neighborhoods. Participants explore downtown and surrounding neighborhoods by foot, bike and trolley. Sparx City Hop 2017 focuses on the neighborhoods of The Flats (tied in with the Flats East Bank Festival of the Arts), Ohio City/Hingetown, and the Superior Arts District.
As part of Sparx City Hop 2017 spotlight on Hingetown, The Institute at St. John's and the Cleveland Restoration Society invite you to tour the oldest consecrated church in Cleveland. St. John’s Episcopal Church, a gothic revival building completed in 1838, designed by famed architect Hezekiah Eldgirdge. St. John's was one of the first authenticated Underground Railroad sites, the original meeting place where the American Indian Movement was founded, and a hub for various community members to come together for worship, activism, and advocacy.
Site tours will be led by architectural historian and Ohio City resident, Tim Barrett. Mr. Barrett spent 25 years as an architectural designer and consultant for the City of Cleveland's Storefront Renovation Program. Prior to that position Mr. Barrett was Curator of Education for the Western Reserve Historical Society where he produced their first exhibit on Cleveland’s sacred landmarks. His passion is the restoration and preservation of Greater Cleveland’s diverse houses of worship. Mr. Barrett serves on the Sacred Landmarks Committee at the Cleveland Restoration Society.
In addition to the opportunity to tour this historic gem, the church will offer music, art and light refreshments throughout the day.