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Liberty + Elm

A schematic design for a transformational, marquee project in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati.

The Liberty and Elm project was planned as a transformational, transportation friendly mixed-use development that consisted of a new build and the rehabilitation of four historic tenement buildings at the corner of Liberty Street and Elm Street in Cincinnati. It would have taken one of the largest derelict lots north of Liberty Street and transformed it into an anchor gateway into northern Over the Rhine and the Findlay market district.


Over-the-Rhine, OH


Proposed / Unbuilt


Source 3

Retail SF


Size (APT #, ETC)

120 Units

Total SF 100,000

Project Tags

Mixed-Use, Retail

Containing 120 market-rate apartments and a marquee corner building, the project was designed to complement the surrounding historic context and bring a vibrant, modern street scape to the historic Over the Rhine district.

The design team studied the historic Sanborn maps to understand the footprints of the long-demolished historic buildings on the site so the new build could give nod to the original street scape and the historic building typology of the neighborhood. The team worked with the historic conservation office and urban conservator to gain Historic Conservation Board approval for the design. 

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