Artspace Hamilton Lofts

Preserving a Historic Downtown

222 High St Hamilton, OH, 45011

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On the northern edge of the Cincinnati metro area sits Artspace Hamilton Lofts, an adaptive reuse of the former Strauss Department Store. The redevelopment of two historic downtown buildings now boasts 42 units of affordable live/work space for creatives and their families, a public gallery, community space, and commercial space. The development contributes to the revitalization efforts of Hamilton, recovering from decades of neglect and disinvestment.

Architect: SHP Leading Design & Community Design Alliance

Contractor: Messer Construction Co.

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

Development Partner: Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc.

Funders: 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

est. 2015

Type of Development

Mixed-Use Housing and Commercial Space

Number of Units


Total Area

4,650 sq. ft.


Downtown living with public transportation nearby, garage and on-street parking, in-unit washer and dryer, high ceilings, resident gallery