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Berea in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Ark

 
 
The Ark Marker image. Click for full size.
September 10, 2008
1. The Ark Marker
Inscription. The ARK in Berea is the first structure in Cuyahoga County to incorporate sustainable building concepts from the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Hand built in 1994 as a work of art by environmental artists David and Renate Jakupca, it is a study for future buildings for the Headquarters of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) and Eco Village. A hybrid structure utilizing cob, straw bales, aluminum cans, used tires, and recycled construction materials, the ARK (Architektur Recycled Kulturstall) helps to address the environmental problems of large urban areas and the trend of rebuilding rather than remodeling existing structures. The ARK is used as a museum, community center, and art studio of David Jakupca.
 
Erected 2003 by the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 42-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 22.754′ N, 81° 51.804′ W. Marker is in Berea, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Karen Drive 0.1 miles north of Rocky River Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 519 Karen Dr., Berea OH 44017, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Ark Marker image. Click for full size.
September 10, 2008
2. The Ark Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Berea Union Depot (approx. half a mile away); Baldwin University (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lyceum Square (approx. one mile away); First Congregational United Church of Christ of Berea (approx. one mile away); The Berea Triangle (approx. one mile away); Berea Sandstone Quarries (approx. 1.1 miles away); The “Big Quarry” (approx. 1.1 miles away); Berea District Seven School (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berea.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on private property and currently propped against the house itself and partially obscured by weeds.
 
Regarding The Ark. It is unclear which structure is referred to by the marker. The house itself was built in 1956, with the garage added in 1997. As a part of Ohio's Bicentennial celebration (2003), the studio of Environmental Artist David Jakupca was registered as an Ohio State Landmark, recognizing his art work which has represented and promoted Ohio's cultural and ethnic diversity on a worldwide basis. Berea, Ohio is considered the Home of Environmental Art.
 
Also see . . .  International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA). ... formed by David and Renate Jakupca
Front of the ARK property image. Click for full size.
By Kate McNeece
3. Front of the ARK property
in 1987 ... (Submitted on September 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEnvironmentNotable Buildings
 
Side view of the ARK image. Click for full size.
By Kate McNeece
4. Side view of the ARK
Karen Drive image. Click for full size.
By Kate McNeece, November 10, 2009
5. Karen Drive
View up Karen Drive to "The Ark." The house itself is not visible.
The ARK, 519 Karen Dr., Berea, OH image. Click for full size.
By Kate McNeece
6. The ARK, 519 Karen Dr., Berea, OH
 
 
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