Parksite


Scope: Multi-family renovation of a historic building
Awards: 
2016 Honor Award: CRAN Awards 
Description:

With the recent renaissance of Cincinnati’s urban core, the demand for modern living in the heart of the city has increased. Situated across from Music Hall and the newly-revitalized Washington Park, the 19th century “Parksite” apartment building sat abandoned and severely dilapidated. Rather than raze and build anew, the architects and developers of the project committed to working with the challenges of a historic building.
In addition to maintaining the historic façade, the renovation preserved the eight individual residential units (and each unit’s original fireplace and mantel). In order to do so and comply modern building codes, a new circulation core (elevator and stairs) was delicately introduced to the center of the building. In the end, the lesson one can learn from this project is that good design doesn’t always leave fingerprints  – the project is as much about what was NOT done as it is about modern additions and interventions.