Q: Are plans or blueprints available for my house?
A: Look up the Building Card for your home in the Shaker Heights Building Card Database. If there is a Plan File number (a locator number indicating whether the home`s blueprints were microfilmed before being destroyed) on the top right of the building card, it indicates the location of the blueprints on microfilm. If there is no Plan File number, the blueprints are not available, unless they were kept at the home. Blueprints of homes built before 1945 were not microfilmed, and the original blueprints were not retained by the City.
Q: How do I view or obtain paper copies of microfilmed blueprints?
A: Microfilmed blueprints can be viewed by making an appointment with the Local History Librarian. Plain paper, letter-size copies of blueprints can be made using the Main Library microfilm reader-printer at a cost of 10 cents per page. The Local History Librarian can also order a set of blueprints printed on 18x24-inch plain paper for $20 up to 20 images, and $1 per image over 20 images.
For assistance or to make an appointment, contact:
Meghan Hays, Local History Librarian,
For further information, please see Research Your Shaker Home.