Preservation Awards 2019

On November 24th 2019 CPA Presented 10 Preservation Awards at event held at the Museum Center at Union Terminal. Over 160 people attended the award program and a reception which was held in the Cincinnati Dining room. Thanks to all of the winners for making preservation happen in so many way.

List to the Winning projects:

1. Rehabilitation Award: 1925 Vine, OTR

2. Fechheimer House, East Walnut Hills

3. Rehabilitation Award: Offices in Walnut Hills

4. Rehabilitation Award: Latta House, Ludlow

5. Adaptive Reuse Award: The Public Comfort Station, Walnut Hills

6. Restoration Award: Woodward Theater Marquee, OTR

7. Community Leadership in Preservation Award: Alexis Liu for leadership in advocacy for the Bella Vista Historic District in Bond Hill

8. Cultural Heritage Award: Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (BDCURC), for Brewing Heritage Trail

9. Cincinnati Preservation Journalism Award: Nick Swartsell of CityBeat, for “An Incomplete Utopia: Looking at the Legacy of Greenhills,” 

10. Outstanding Accomplishment in Preservation Award: Cincinnati Union Terminal restoration.

Rehabilitation Award


1925 Vine Street

This award honors the thoughtful renovation of one of Over-the-Rhine’s oldest apartment buildings by 1925 Vine LLC, Benelli and Batsch Architects and the Acanthus Group. Prominently sited at Vine Street and Clifton Avenue, the 11,000-square-foot building languished in vacancy for years before being purchased in 2015 by OTR Adopt—a 2018 award winner–who in turn sold it to the present owners a year later. The project, which used state and federal historic tax incentives, included restoration of the cornice and original front windows and reconstruction of the missing rear porches in their original locations. The 20 apartments are now filled with 20 tenants.

Honorees: 1925 Vine LLC, Acanthus Group, Benelli and Batsch Architects. 


Rehabilitation Award

Feccheimer House

Located in the Uplands Historic District, this high-style Colonial Revival residence was built in 1907 for wealthy dry goods merchant Jacob Fechheimer. The house was designed by architects Cincinnati architects Desjardins & Hayward, with the resplendent interior by celebrated decorator William Frederick Behrens of New York. (How do we know? Because he left his signature on the wall!)
The house came close to being condemned by the city because of its rundown condition. Instead, it has been painstakingly restored, removing inappropriate alterations, reviving original finishes and recreating damaged or missing elements, including the porch, powder room, central staircase, ponds and garden and original radiant heating system.


Honorees: owners Fred Martens and Warren Liang, Decorative Restorations, Classic Tile, restoration consultant Patrick Snadon. 


Rehabilitation Award







International Molders and Allied Workers Union Building

This Art Moderne building in Walnut Hills is one of the city’s best examples of the style. Built in 1948, it was designed by architect Carl Schmuelling as the new home of the International Molders and Allied Workers Union. After it was vacated by the IMAWU, the building housed various nonprofit organizations with tight budgets, causing the interior to be haphazardly divided into random rooms and offices. Poorly patched roof leaks caused plaster damage throughout and the steel windows were replaced with low-quality vinyl units.


The building has now been carefully renovated as office space by RWA Architects. The renovation removed unsympathetic alterations, restored original finishes and replaced inappropriate vinyl replacement windows with metal units similar to the originals.


Honorees: Michael Mauch (MOWK), RWA Architects.

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