Paramount Building

A new vision for an iconic, early 20th century building in Walnut Hills.

The Paramount Building’s iconic Art Deco rotunda stands as the flagship symbol of the Walnut Hills commercial district and its revitalization as a desirable neighborhood in which to live, work and play. Built in 1931 at the intersection of Gilbert Avenue and E. McMillan Street, the building began as a department store with offices on the second floor, adjacent to the (no longer existing) Paramount movie theatre.

New Republic was hired to restore this building to its former glory and give it a sustainable future. After decades of deterioration, this prominent building in Walnut Hills was ripe for revitalization and the project capitalized on and continued the momentum created by Trevarren Flats.


Walnut Hills, Cincinnati OH


Completed 2017


Model Group

Size (APT #, ETC)

15 Units

Total SF: 29,000

Project Tags

Historic Tax Credit, Mixed-Use, Retail


AIA Ohio, Honorable Mention, 2022

Maintaining the historic integrity of the window openings while complying with LEED standards was important on this project. New Republic used new, energy-efficient windows that replicated the Art Deco originals. Furring out the walls added insulation value without compromising the building’s historic aesthetic. Providing efficient, modern dwelling units that capitalized on the large windows in the former second floor office space made the modestly-sized units feel larger. New Republic carved livable units from the circular space in the building’s iconic rotunda.

Photo Credit

Chris Von Holle

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