Preservation Opportunities

Opportunity Knocks: Lower Price Hill Church Buildings Make ‘Top Opportunity’ List

Every year Heritage Ohio, a statewide advocacy group, honors ten historic properties from around the state as Top Preservation Opportunities: threatened buildings with great reuse potential. This year, the St. Michael the Archangel Parish buildings in the Lower Price Hill Historic District made the list. CPA was pleased to prepare the winning nomination.

Built in 1848 in the Greek Revival style, St. Michael’s is one of the oldest standing church buildings in the city. Flanking the church are a rectory, convent and school, also in the Greek Revival mode, and a “new” Renaissance Revival-style school built in 1905. The church closed its doors in 2000. Some of the buildings are still in use, while others—including the church—remain vacant.

The Lower Price Hill Community School (LPHCS), owners of the St. Michael buildings, received a free site visit and development advice from the experts at Heritage Ohio and the Ohio Department of Development, as well as statewide media exposure. The LPHCS then decided to pursue state and federal preservation tax incentives to help pay for rehabilitation of the complex. Their winning application for Ohio tax credits was approved in December 2011.

CPA congratulates the LPHCS and wishes them the best of success with the renovation of these great buildings.

On the web:

OTR ADOPT: Advancing Derelict and Obsolete Properties Through Transfer
Vacant, endangered historic buildings in Over-the-Rhine and other core Cincinnati neighborhoods

City of Cincinnati At-Risk Historic Structures List Buildings at risk due to neglect, lack of maintenance and/or abandonment.

Updated January 13, 2012