The Over-the-Rhine Foundation is working to prevent the proposed demolition of 1606 and 1608 Walnut Street. Those two historic structures are an essential part of the still intact 19th century streetscape on Walnut just north of Liberty Street. The current owner, the FreestoreFoodbank, wants to create a parking lot. It unsuccessfully proposed demolishing the two buildings in 2008. Since then, the FreestoreFoodbank has allowed the buildings to deteriorate by not repairing roofs and gutters. Neglect of that nature is a violation of municipal building codes and of the historic district ordinance designed to protect the investments of other property owners in the historic district.
The Over-the-Rhine historic district is one of the largest and most important historic districts in the nation, comparable in size and architectural significance to Charleston, Savannah, and the French Quarter in New Orleans. More than half of the historic buildings in the Over-the-Rhine historic district have been demolished during the past fifty years; the OTR Foundation is dedicated to preserving the surviving half. With each new demolition, the integrity of the historic district is further compromised and the economic benefits it generates for all of Cincinnati are imperiled.
Please join the OTR Foundation’s efforts to prevent the demolition of 1606 and 1608 Walnut Street:
- Make a tax deductible donation to the Over-the-Rhine Foundation to help support historic preservation and community revitalization in Over-the-Rhine
- Contact Cincinnati City Council members and ask them to oppose the demolition
- Testify in opposition to the demolition when the Historic Conservation Board hears the demolition request on February 24th
- Call and write FreestoreFoodbank President and CEO, Kurt Reiber at firstname.lastname@example.org and 513-482-3737. Tell him to not demolish the Walnut Street buildings and to either repair them or sell them to a responsible owner.
Learn more about the importance of the OTR historic district by clicking here.