LEED Silver Renovation of the Schmitthenner Building
This LEED Silver project completely renovated a 4900 sq. ft. historic structure built in 1900 that had been vacant for at least 30 years. It is a prominent corner building at 1527 Elm street, just south of Liberty.
The City of Cincinnati listed this structure as one of its top “at risk” historic buildings. In this case neglect has its virtues, however, as the building’s original design and architecture, both interior and exterior, was largely intact, including all interior doors and moldings. Originally a 4 floor walkup with a middle staircase, the plan is to keep the building according to its simple original plan, with 6 residential units and 1 commercial/retail store front. The five residential units on floors 1 through 3 are similarly sized one bedroom units, while the unit on the 4th floor is a large one-bedroom loft.