Alumni Lofts is housed in one of the most prominent buildings in Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine Neighborhood, the former School for Creative and Performing Arts, Alumni Lofts is one of the most unique apartment communities Downtown Cincinnati has to offer. While maintaining all of the original charm of this early 1900’s school, including: original chalkboards, Rookwood Pottery drinking fountains, mosaic tile hallway floors and marble staircases, this property will enjoy all the modern features you would expect from a brand new apartment building. Alumni Lofts will feature Studio, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom and Loft Style units.
The Alumni Lofts is located on the plot of land donated by William and Abigail Woodward, who were landowners in Cincinnati during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Both were proponents of free education for the city’s poorest children. In 1831 the doors opened to the first public school west of the Alleghney Mountains. This land also has deep connections to the Underground Railroad. Famous abolitionists Levi and Catherine Coffin lived on the land during the mid-1800’s… it is even said that some of the secret tunnels they used to smuggle slaves to freedom may still exist under the building.
For nearly a century the school served the students of Cincinnati, one of which happened to be future President William Howard Taft. Soon after he was elected, he gave a speech and laid an original cornerstone of the five story building you see today. Woodward High School was designed by architect Gustav Drach and was one of the most modern buildings of its time. Amenities included flushing toilets, central heating, two swimming pools and a series of ornate Rookwood pottery fountains. The stained glass window honoring William Woodward, dates back to 1855 and is located on the second floor landing in the lobby.
In 1977 Woodward became known as the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). It became the first private sector school in the country to offer kindergarten to twelfth grade students a full range of curriculum catering to the arts. Famous alumni include Sarah Jessica Parker, Carmen Electra, Nick Lachey, and Drew Lachey. It was also the location for the MTV reality show, Taking the Stage. In 2010 SCPA was moved to a new, nearby location and its former home was sold to Core Redevelopment at auction.
Core Redevelopment is educated in the art of repurposing historic structures; salvaging original fixtures and materials aids in keeping the authentic vibe of a building present. Alumni Lofts will feature character defining elements such as chalkboards, wide hallways, and impressive built-ins. The green space adjacent to the building will be preserved almost entirely by constructing a two-level underground parking area for residents. A number of unique and desirable floor plans will include such amenities as granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and a full size washer and dryer in every unit. Core is excited to join the Over the Rhine community, and to be a part of preserving this amazing staple of Cincinnati for many generations to enjoy.
There may be floorplans for this property that are not listed below. Please contact us for a listing of all available floorplans.