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2006 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award Recipients

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Design Collective, McGill Smith Punshon, Miller-Valentine Group, and Sullebarger Associates

Established in 1869, the Art Academy of Cincinnati is an independent college of art and design devoted to educating students in the visual arts through a four-year undergraduate program; a graduate program for art teachers; and community education classes that enroll 2,000 adults and 500 children each year. Recently the Art Academy embarked on its own creative project, converting two historic builings -- the 1923 Rosenthal Printing Company Building and the 1910 Shillito Furniture Warehouse -- into an impressive arts education center. The $13 million project, funded by private donations, City of Cincinnati grants, and the Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit offered through the Ohio Historical Society's Ohio Historic Preservation Office, represents a major investment in Cincinnatiís Over-the-Rhine Historic District. The arrival of the college has brought new people and programs to the area and helped to energize further development, notably student housing and the relocation of a theatre company across the street. Work to the two historic buildings included repointing the exterior, restoring industrial steel windows, creating a new entrance and a seven-story atrium, and installing new classrooms, studios, and galleries as well as new systems to support art studios of all types. The approach combined historic preservation and sustainable design, preserving the industrial character of the buildings, leaving the concrete structure exposed, and creating a stimulating environment for arts education.

Past Recipients:

For a list of past Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award recipients click here.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Office is Ohio's official historic preservation agency. A part of the Ohio Historical Society, it identifies historic places in Ohio, nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews federally-assisted projects for effects on Ohio's historic, architectural, and archaeological resources, consults on the conservation of older buildings and sites, and offers educational programs and publications.

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