The Buildings We Lost in 2014

The following is a brief summary of the most significant demolitions that occurred in 2014. This list is by no means exhaustive (and isn’t strictly 2014) and we ask that anybody with more information about the below demolitions or details on other demolitions, please comment below.

As always, please use #NatiDemo across all social media to keep track of all that we are losing.

Included:

  • Christy’s
  • 104-126 William Howard Taft
  • Mt. Auburn Methodist Church
  • 118 W. 6th St.
  • Mohawk Place
  • 421-425 Arch St.
  • 126 West Court St.
  • Wilson Memorial Building
  • The Liberty Lounge
  • The Liberty Tire Building

Last Update: 05-06-2015 | 8pm

Christy’s/Goetz House

151 W. McMillan St.
Demolished By: Windholtz Family
Date Built: c. 1892
Demolished: January, 2014

Christy’s was demolished in January, 2014 to make way for student housing near the University of Cincinnati. The planned development originally called for 245 apartments, 614 bedrooms and 276 parking spaces but has been modified to now include 190 units, 500 bedrooms and 380 parking spaces. The design has also drastically changed from the original proposal (see above).

From the Historic Conservation Board Demolition Packet:

“The Goetz house (ca. 1892) is the residence most strongly associated
with the life and work of John Goetz, Jr., civic leader and Clifton Heights developer, who
in the course of his work with the family business, the Christian Moerlein Brewing
Company helped to establish the neighborhood and the company, a world leader at the
time.

The Goetz House is also important for its architecture as the last surviving example of
what was once a cluster of grand houses in the Clifton Heights business district. 151 West
McMillan Street is a rare example of an ornate high-style Queen Anne structure built
with modern conveniences of the time using quality materials and construction.”

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William Howard Taft

104,108,118,126 William Howard Taft
Demolished By: Uptown Properties
Date Built: c. 1853-1870
Demolished: April, 2014 – February, 2015

All excerpts and photos from the Vanishing Corryville Facebook page

 

 

104 William Howard Taft - Demolished April 12, 2014

104 William Howard Taft – Demolished April 12, 2014

104 William Howard Taft

”104 William H. Taft, built by Phineas Sanborn Conner, eminent mid nineteenth century Cincinnati physician. He was nationally known and respected as a surgeon, being the first to successfully remove a human stomach in 1883. He was a faculty member of long standing with the Ohio Medical College, the forerunner of the UC School of Medicine. The house was built around 1890, and demolished April 12, 2014.”

108 William Howard Taft - Demolished February 3rd, 2015

108 William Howard Taft – Demolished February 3rd, 2015

108 William Howard Taft

“108 William H. Taft, was built in 1853 by Joseph Herron, prominent Cincinnati Educator. He was a contemporary and colleague of William Holmes McGuffey, helped found the Cincinnati Union Bethel and was a co founder of the Cincinnati Observatory. A later resident was Alan Collier, President of the nationally recognised printing and lithography firm , Proctor and Collier. The house was occupied for its entire 161 years of existence, and remained in the condition you see here until the very day of its tragic end–February 3, 2015.”

118 William Howard Taft - Demolished December 17, 2014

118 William Howard Taft – Demolished December 17, 2014

118 William Howard Taft

“Covered with ugly asbestos siding, 118 Wiliiam H. Taft was a clapboard frame house underneath. Built sometime between 1865 and 1870, it was fhe home of William Tilden. Originally from Tiffin, Ohio, Tilden made his mark early as a judge and jurist. This house was destroyed December 17, 2014.”

126 William Howard Taft - Demolished April 12, 2014

126 William Howard Taft – Demolished April 12, 2014

126 William Howard Taft

At first blush, it is hard to see anything attractive about 126 William H. Taft, but beneath the ugly green siding stood a house of frame and brick. It was built in 1858 by the Rev. Irwin House, assistant editor of the Western Christian Advocate, a Methodist paper that was published in some form or the other up until 1940. The home remained in the House family until 1924, keeping it in the same family for 60 years. It was demolished April 12,2014.”

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Mount Auburn Methodist Church

2439 AUBURN AVENUE
Demolished By: Uptown Properties
Date Built: c. 1851
Demolished: December 2014

At the time of its demolition, the Mt. Auburn Methodist Church was the longest-standing church in the neighborhood.

From ‘A Short History of Mt. Auburn’:

“The Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church…housed the first school and it’s [sic] bell summoned firefighters until 1875…Before McMillan and Auburn Avenues were filled to present grade, a footbridge once lead to the front doors.”

Its demolition will allow for a $35 million medical office building.

Watch the demolition

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118 W. 6th St.

Demolished By: WWWT LLC
Date Built: c. 1900
Demolished: August 2014

Mohawk Place

~2034 Mohawk Place
Demolished By: City of Cincinnati
Date Built: Unknown
Demolished: May 2014

This Mohawk Place building was demolished as it was at risk of collapse. There is currently no plan for the vacant land.

421-425 Arch St.

Demolished By: Western and Southern Life Insurance Company
Date Built: 1850s-1910s
Demolished: October 2014

The Lytle Park Historic District expired in 2014 after it 50-year initial window. Upon being brought up for renewal, the largest landowner in the area -Western and Southern Financial Group- asked for the removal of several of the buildings from the new historic district. The district thus was modified at their request and was approved indefinitely on June 18, 2014 and did not include these 3 buildings on Arch St. as well as other notable buildings. The Arch St. buildings were demolished a few months later. The lot is currently being used for parking and is expected to be included in some form in future Western and Southern development.

Photo credit: Moving Pictures Photography and Chris Desimeo

History of Arch St. Buildings

126 W. Court St.

Demolished By: Collapse
Date Built: c. 1865
Demolished: December 2014

Photos via Cincinnati Enquirer

This building on Court St. collapsed under its own weight after years of non-inhabitance. There were no reported injuries.

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Wilson Memorial Building

Demolished By: University of Cincinnati
Date Built: c. 1931
Demolished: December 2013

Photos via UC Magazine

Via the News Record:

“The auditorium has been mostly vacant since the early 1980s. Since the end of the building’s use nearly 30 years ago, maintenance and upkeep have been neglected and the building’s interior is deteriorating.

The renovations needed to bring Wilson up to code are not worth the expense, said Beth McGrew, associate vice president of planning, design and construction.

Administrators spent years considering possible uses for the auditorium, including converting the area into class space. Multiple studies were commissioned, said UC spokesperson Greg Hand.

In the end, none of the possibilities were viable and the university concluded the building would have to be destroyed.

As of now there are no set plans to build anything on the site.

It was originally constructed in remembrance of Obed J. Wilson, a local self-made businessman who supported the arts, according to an entry in the 1932 Cincinnatian. At the time, the building featured modern amenities including a projection room for ‘motion-and-sound pictures’ with the capability of relaying radio broadcasts.”

Via UC Magazine Farewell Wilson:

“Because the old building seemed to welcome and invite risk and innovation, boundaries were explored by every student who acted in a show in Wilson Auditorium. I did everything at Wilson from mopping floors and moving chairs to hanging lights and hunting down scenic elements.

Sometimes it used to rain on stage during shows, and you could hear the lights sizzle during dramatic pauses; we were never sure if Wilson was completely safe. But there was never doubt that our artistic hearts were safe.”

The Liberty Lounge

436 W. Liberty Street
Demolished by: City of Cincinnati
Built: Unknown
Demolished: August, 2014

The Liberty Lounge collapsed after years of neglect and illegal activity. After this partial collapse, the building was entirely razed by the City of Cincinnati for safety reasons.
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Liberty Tire Building

3817 Spring Grove Ave.
Demolished By: City of Cincinnati
Date Built: c. 1900
Demolished: July 2014

Photos from Google Maps and VisuaLingual

The Liberty Tire Building in Northside was declared a public nuisance (dangerous building) in June of 2013 and demolished a year later. It was famous for its ghost sign from The Liberty Tire company. Credit to Adam Nelson for the information.

We ask that if you have any more information about the above buildings or other demolitions in Cincinnati, please comment below:

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4 Comments

  1. Mary Ann Olding 2 years ago May 17, 2015

    Thanks for the review of buildings demolished in Cincinnati during the past year or so. What a shame!
    I appreciate the good work your organization is doing.
    Mary Ann Olding

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    • john 2 years ago May 17, 2015

      Thank you much Mary.

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  2. Shawn Daly 2 years ago May 18, 2015

    I was the last organist at Mt. Auburn UMC. Very sad to see it go.

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    • john 2 years ago May 18, 2015

      Shawn – thank you much for the comment. It was sad for us from the outside so I can imagine it being quite difficult for you to see it torn down. If you have any photos or anything else to commemorate it, feel free to email us: friends@preservethenati.com.

      Thank you.

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