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Artspace Hamilton Lofts

Preserving an Historic Downtown

222 High Street Hamilton, OH, 45011


The City of Hamilton, on the northern edge of the Cincinnati metro area, began using the arts for civic improvement in the 1990s. In partnership with artists, politicians, and neighborhood and philanthropic leaders, Artspace restored a historic building downtown into a mixed-use arts facility. The project rehabilitated two internally connected, historic buildings: a 1900 French Renaissance masterpiece originally known as the Mehrum Building, and the 1913 Lindley Block. In addition to 42 units of affordable live/work space for artists and their families, the project provides ground floor commercial space for creative businesses, gallery space, and an outdoor seating patio.

Hamilton Community Foundation; Ralph “Pat” Carruthers; Claire Fitton; Vaden Fitton; Sarah & Joe Marcum; Shirley & Jack Moser; Marilyn & Joel Schmidt; Harry T. Wilks; City of Hamilton; U.S. Bank; Ohio Housing Finance Agency; Ohio Historic Preservation Office; Ohio Development Services Agency



SHP Leading Design & Community Design Alliance


Messer Construction Co.

Development Partner:

Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc.

Development Cost:

$11.8 million

Square Feet:

4,650 sq ft


42 live/work units

Community Partners:

The City of Hamilton; Fitton Center for Creative Arts; Hamilton Community Foundation; and Vision 2020

Development Partner:

Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc.