Support the OTR Foundation and its Critical Work

The Over-the-Rhine Foundation works to strengthen community in one of our nation’s most important historic districts.  For two decades, we have been the primary advocate for smart solutions to neighborhood revitalization in Over-the-Rhine, home to America’s largest collection of late 19th century Italianate buildings.  Our early work focused on public safety, beautifying and enlivening blighted streets, and defending one of our country’s most significant historic districts from decay and abandonment.  Through the years, our persistent advocacy saved many irreplaceable buildings, changed municipal code to protect historic structures from demolition by neglect, documented the cultural and economic value of Cincinnati’s unique downtown historic district, demonstrated the synergy between “green” building practices and historic preservation, and saved 100 year old Rothenberg School from destruction.

Today, Over-the-Rhine is changing and so are the challenges it faces.  Much is at stake.  The pace of real estate development has accelerated.  Inappropriate infill and rising demand for parking endanger the historic integrity of OTR’s pre-automobile streets and buildings.  Development pressure threatens scarce public green space.  OTR remains socially, racially, and economically complex, but it is uncertain whether our repopulating neighborhood will emerge as the economically diverse community envisioned by the 2002 Over-the-Rhine Comprehensive Plan. 

The Over-the-Rhine Foundation is at the forefront of these issues and we need your help.  The Foundation preserves historic assets, protects the integrity of the historic district, promotes sustainable development, emphasizes authenticity, and strengthens a wonderfully diverse community. 

  • We funded the transformation of Rothenberg School’s abandoned roof-top playground into a sophisticated teaching garden that will expose inner-city students to the science and wonder of nature.
  • We are working to assure appropriate redevelopment of the former Woodward/SCPA school and preservation of its large adjacent green space.
  • We are developing “best practice” guidelines for infill architecture in the historic district.
  • We are advocating for new parking resources and practices that protect the historic district and serve all neighborhood stakeholders. 
  • We are connecting homeowners and small developers with needed resources to improve owner occupancy. 
  • And, we continue to defend historic buildings from demolition and neglect.         

Please make a generous tax-deductible donation to the Over-the-Rhine Foundation.  Your gift helps protect and strengthen community in Cincinnati’s nationally renowned urban historic district, comparable in size and architectural significance to Charleston, Savannah, or New Orleans’ French Quarter.  Help us preserve the remarkable historic assets of our very special place!

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