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2009 a year of progress for Cincinnati preservationists

2009 was a year full of progress for preservation advocates in Cincinnati. Several important structures were saved from the wrecking ball, new public policy is being implemented to help prevent additional demolitions, and Cincinnati’s historic neighborhoods reaped the many benefits of restoration investment.

This year the Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) has recognized six different individuals, organizations, and projects that represent “outstanding accomplishment in local preservation.” The awards included a new award for Special Recognition that went to the Meiner Flats building in Over-the-Rhine.

Meiner Flats was built in 1875 by a family of German-American stonemasons and is one of the tallest buildings in historic Over-the-Rhine. After sitting vacant for roughly two decades the building was ordered to be demolished by the City. The Special Recognition award was presented to Danny Klingler, among others, who helped bring attention to the building and save it from the wrecking ball thanks to generous donations from Cincinnatians, 3CDC, and the City of Cincinnati.

[Above] 13th & Republic in OTR’s Gateway Quarter. [Below] Rader Gallery building at Liberty and Main streets in OTR. Photos provided by Mike Stehlin.

Rookwood Pottery took home the Craftsmanship Award for restoring the proud Rookwood tradition which includes the first female-led manufacturing firm in the country, the best-known art pottery in the U.S., and one of Cincinnati’s most famous companies that was started back in 1880. In 2006 new ownership acquired all of the remaining assets of the original Rookwood Pottery and has moved into a massive 100,000 square-foot structure in Over-the-Rhine near Findlay Market.

Other awards handed out by CPA include the following:

  • Education Award: Elizabeth Meyer for her instrumental work in preserving original documents, drawings, photographs, and other resources pertaining to Cincinnati Modernist buildings.
  • Rehabilitation Awards: Luedeking House in East Walnut Hills has been meticulously restored over the past five years and has restored the home’s previous grandour. 2312 Park Avenue in Walnut Hills also received this award following an adaptive renovation that now houses the offices of Vivian Llambi & Associates.
  • Sustainability Award: Veraestau Historic Site in Aurora, Indiana took home the Sustainability Award for its incorporation of progressive conservation practices in addition to its preservation efforts that included a new geothermal heating and cooling system.

This Week In Soapbox 11/17

This Week in Soapbox UrbanCincy has the following seven stories that you must check out. You can read about Rookwood Pottery’s new role with the Cincinnati Gallery Auctions (originally published here), the progression of the $115 million Hoff Academic Quad project at Xavier University, a new salon in OTR, Building Value’s new home in Northside, the grand opening of DeSales Flats in East Walnut Hills, Tazza Mia’s aggressive growth strategy, and a new way to look at Cincinnati’s suburbs.

If you’re interested in staying in touch with some of the latest development news in Cincinnati please check out this week’s stories and sign up for the weekly E-Zine sent out by Soapbox Cincinnati. Also be sure to become a fan of Soapbox on Facebook!

TWIS 11/17:

  • Rookwood Pottery assumes famous Cincinnati Art Galleries Auctionfull article
  • $115M Hoff Academic Quad to transform Xavier University’s campusfull article
  • Salon Central opens in Over-the-Rhine with a ‘modern sensibility’full article
  • Building materials re-use company Building Value opens up shop in Northsidefull article
  • DeSales Flats celebrates grand opening in East Walnut Hillsfull article
  • Tazza Mia finds its coffee nichefull article
  • Recycling Cincinnati’s Suburbsfull article

This Week In Soapbox 9/8

This Week in Soapbox (TWIS) you can read about what will be Cincinnati’s largest brewpub, how you can help save Covington’s Nordheim Gallery, a new vintage shop on Main Street in OTR, Cincinnati’s new Bicycle Master Plan that kicks off this week, multiple events going on in Over-the-Rhine this weekend, a new 76-unit residential development in East Walnut Hills, and how the Latonia neighborhood in Covington is hoping a new Small Area Study will help make the community even better.

If you’re interested in staying in touch with some of the latest development news in Cincinnati please check out this week’s stories and sign up for the weekly E-Zine sent out by Soapbox Cincinnati. Also be sure to become a fan of Soapbox on Facebook!

TWIS 9/8:

  • Officials want your help in saving Covington’s Nordheim Galleryfull article
  • Atomic Number Ten bringing vintage style to Main Streetfull article
  • Cincinnati kicks off new Bicycle Master Plan process in hopes of encouraging more cyclistsfull article
  • Events crowd the weekend calendar for Over-the-Rhinefull article
  • 76-unit DeSales Flats project near completionfull article
  • Small Area Study looks to address issues in Latonia neighborhoodfull article
  • Moerlein Lager House to anchor Central Riverfront Parkfull article