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Artspace Hamilton Lofts

Preserving an Historic Downtown

222 High Street, Hamilton, OH, 45011



Exterior during construction

Interior rendering

Interior rendering

First art project in the building

Bedroom of Unit

Exterior construction facade removal

Historic Photo



The City of Hamilton, on the northern edge of the Cincinnati metro area, began using the arts for civic improvement in 1993, when the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts opened on the bank of the Great Miami River. In 2000, Ohio’s governor proclaimed Hamilton the “City of Sculpture” in recognition of the community’s large and growing collection of public sculpture.

In partnership with artists, politicians, neighborhood and philanthropic leaders, Artspace has adaptively reused and restored a historic building in downtown Hamilton 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. A 1970s remodel covered the original storefronts with a metal screen that was removed in Spring of 2013, thereby restoring these century-old edifices to their original appearance. 

In addition to 42 units of affordable “live/work” space for artists and their families, the Artspace Hamilton Lofts project provides ground floor commercial space for creative businesses, gallery space for residents to showcase their artwork, and an outdoor seating patio for the residents. The project complements the rehabilitation activities occuring at the neighboring Mercantile Lofts and advances the city's downtown economic development efforts on High Street.

This project comes at a pivotal moment for the city of Hamilton. Recovering from decades of dis-interest, the city has many historic structures worthy of preserving and reusing. The City is deeply committed to revitalizing and energizing the historic downtown area and this mixed-use project furthers Hamilton’s goal of redevelopment and animation. 

Estimated Project Cost

$11.8 million

Our Community Partners

The City of Hamilton

Fitton Center for Creative Arts

Hamilton Community Foundation

Vision 2020

Our Development Partner

Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc. 

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