Lest we forget…142 E. McMicken

One year ago this week, 142 E. McMicken Ave. was being systematically demolished by Cincinnati Public Schools to make space for a couple dumpsters for the Rothenburg School which is under renovation. Lest we forget the story of 142 E. McMicken’s hasty destruction (click for a report by Danny Klingler of OTR ADOPT and myself). Its … Continue reading

Before and After: Musik-Verein Halle

In the 1888 book “Cincinnati in Wort und Bild” by Max Burgheim, there is mention of the Musik-Verein Halle. The Cincinnati Musik-Verein was formed in 1883 by the consolidation of the Maennerchor and the Germania. It is interesting to note that Mr. Burgheim’s book is in German and was printed at the M. & R. … Continue reading

Before and After: E. McMicken and Walnut

Update: The source of this photo is the Cincinnati Historical Society Library website. The photo title is “Third German Methodist Episcopal Church, Northwest Corner of Lang Street and McMicken Avenue” and the photo date is 03/16/1916. At the intersection of Walnut Street and E. McMicken Avenue:

Before and After: 14th & Vine

Learn more about 14th & Vine, located at 1331-35 Vine St., here. See other before and afters here.

Before and After Over-the-Rhine: Lackman Lofts

For more on the Lackman Lofts, go here. Before photo by flickr user 5chw4r7z who blogs at 5chw4r7z. After photo by flickr user TheReina5 who blogs at My Brain Is Leaking.

Before and After: 14th & Vine

More on 14th and Vine can be found here.

Before and After: 1211 Vine Street

Lavomatic Cafe at 1211 Vine Street

Before and After: 12th and Vine

Before and After: 1218 and 1220 Vine Street

Today, 1220 Vine Street is home to A TAVOLA PIZZA and next door is The Queen City Underground’s Cincy Haus at 1218 Vine. Before, 1220 Vine Street: And now an interior photo from Katie Clavey as it is today: And these wonderful shots by 5chw4r7z:

Before and After: Bremen Lofts Interior

For more on Bremen, go here

Before and After: Parvis Lofts Interior

For more info on Parvis Lofts, go here.

Before & After: 1222 Republic Street

Learn more about Mottainai here. Mottannai before

Before & After: 1135 Vine Street

Before & After: 1214 Vine Street


Before and After: 1100 Pendleton Street

via the Library of Congress: The same scene today from Google street view:

Before & After: Hamer Street

This photo comes by way of Ohio Memory which is a collaborative project of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio. The photo description is as follows: “This photograph shows a grocery store at the junction of Hamer, Back and Benton Street, near Jackson Hill Park, north of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.” The photo is part of the Ohio Guide collection created by … Continue reading

Before and After: St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church

At the corner of 12th and Elm Streets in OTR across from Washington Park and near Music Hall and Memorial Hall sits a proud old church. The following is a postcard circa 1908 and a photo from a flickr user. Click images to link to sources.

Before and After: The Lackman

One of the fun things about blogging about OTR is displaying transformations of historic structures from abandonment and disuse to restoration and rebirth as places to live, work, eat, drink, visit, etc. On the left is 1237 Vine Street as it was photographed in 2004 by 3CDC and how it looked in 2010 when 5chw4r7z … Continue reading

Before and After: Fourteenth Street

It is with some excitement that we announce a new feature of the OTR blog: Before and After Photos (L-R) by flickr user ifmuth and facebook user James J. Click to view larger image: