Diana Wellman - Preservation Professional
Cncl. Dennis Wilcox, Mayor Ed Kelley, Cncl. Bonnie Caplan, Diana Wellman, Cncl. Mark Tumeo, Mazie Adams, Diana Woodbridge
Inglewood Historic District Celebration photo by Ted Woodbridge
Diana Wellman is a Qualified Historic Preservation Consultant pertaining to the United States Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation, Section 48 FR 4471 with 15 years experience in historic preservation.
Diana graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 1995. She received an Associate Degree in Building Preservation and Restoration from Belmont Technical College in 1997 and holds a Masters of Urban Studies from Cleveland State University.
Diana worked on the Millennium Project in New York for Columbia Gas in 1997 as an Architectural Historian team member for Gray and Pape, Inc. From 1998 to 2009 Diana served as a Preservation Specialist for Sandvick Architects in Cleveland, Ohio. While at Sandvick, Diana authored over twenty National Register Nominations for both historic district and individual buildings, accounting for more than 500 historic resources. Diana worked on more than forty successful tax credit projects, many of which received both national and local awards. In 2013 she received the Hale Farm & Village Legacy Award in the field of Historic Preservation for her work on restoring the Hale House as part of the Sandvick team.
In 2009 she authored the National Register Nomination for the Inglewood Historic District in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Her work on the nomination was acknowledged by Cleveland Heights city council and Landmarks Commission with the 2009 Community Improvement Award for Historic Preservation. In 2010 she established Preservation Principles Consulting, which provides preservation consulting services to developers seeking historic tax credit or require agency mitigation assistance; her clients include the Flats East Development LLC, Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation, Genghis Properties, Industrial Realty Group, Spillway Partners, and Sustainable Community Associates. In 2013 she formed a women-owned preservation consulting firm Naylor Wellman, LLC with colleague and friend Wendy Naylor, a historic preservation consultant. Their company provides historic preservation services to historic properties owners, non-profit organizations, and communities large and small. She also serves on Cleveland Heights Citizen Advisory Committee, which allocates $1.9 million dollars to grant recipients under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
During her fifteen years in the field of preservation, Diana has worked with State Preservation Offices in Ohio, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. She has worked with several federal and state agencies including the National Parks Service, Historic America Engineering Record, Federal Communication Commission, Federal Highway Administration, Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. She has worked on multimillion dollar projects including buildings destined for demolition, and through project guidance and team work, helped to produce award winning preservation projects. Her ability to coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies along with her thorough understanding of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation have proven to be her strongest assets. Her love for historic resources has led to a successful and fulfilling career in preservation.