Over-the-Rhine Tour of Living

The Over-the-Rhine Tour of Living was held on March 4 and included insights into Memorial Hall and some restored commercial and residential properties near Washington Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Accompanying me on the tour was Jayson Gomes of CincyImages and Mike Pistone. I have also included prior photographs that have not been released.

We started at Memorial Hall, constructed in 1908 by the Grand Army of the Republic and Hamilton County. The Beaux-Arts-styled building served as a memorial to the veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

Memorial Hall Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

The building featured a 610-seat theater that was the home of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the MusicNow festival. Memorial Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and is home to the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Interestingly enough, the county at one point was attempting to have the building demolished due to the high cost of maintenance.

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Memorial Hall Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

Memorial Hall Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

An interior photograph of the dining room at Symphony Hotel along 14th Street.

Saengerhalle Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

1401 Race Street, part of the City Home development, has come a long way. Once abandoned and neglected only a block away from Music Hall, this rehabilitated structure offers four residential units – two market rate and two subsidized. The project was developed by Over-the-Rhine Community Housing (OTRCH) and Eber Development Below is a photograph from March 2011.

1401 Race Street Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

A view of a completed unit.

City Home Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

City Home Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

City Home Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

Another unit down Pleasant Street is four-stories with a roof deck. The views are nothing short of breathtaking!

City Home Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

City Home Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

I caught a glimpse of Saengerhalle, which I have not posted interiors of before. Below is a peek from the top of a Pleasant Street residence, with photographs taken in March of 2011 filling the remainder.

Saengerhalle Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

Saengerhalle Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

Saengerhalle Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

Saengerhalle Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

3CDC’s corporate office.

Saengerhalle Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

Washington Park back then. A lot has happened since then.

Saengerhalle Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

Westfalen Lofts, located at 1418-1422 Race Street, consists of three rehabilitated properties with a total of eight units. The development was completed in March 2011 at a cost of $3.38 million.

Westfalen Lofts Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

Westfalen Lofts Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

The tour included 1420 Race Street, part of the Westfalen Loft development. The development was completed in March 2011 at a cost of $3.38 million by John Hueber Homes and Northpointe Group.

Westfalen Lofts Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

Westfalen Lofts Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati Ohio

The tour also included stops at 1522-1524 Elm Street, a Habitat for Humanity development. The renovation of the 1870s Italianate was a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity, OTR Community Housing and OTR Foundation. Unfortunately, we did not take any photographs of that development due to timing. We did finish the evening two overlooks in Covington, Kentucky for a spectacular sunset.

Cincinnati Ohio

Cincinnati Ohio

Cincinnati Ohio

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