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 background of Alumni Loft’s building and even the ground it sits upon is full of important events and rich with history! The history of the land dates all the way back to the late 1800’s when it was owned by Abigail and William Woodward. They were both huge proponents of free education for the city’s less fortunate children and made it their goal to provide a safe environment where the children could be given the same chance as everyone else! In 1831 the Woodwards’ opened the doors of the first public school west of the Alleghney Mountains.
Educational firsts are not the only historical occurrences that happened here. The land also has some very deep connections to the Underground Railroad! Famous abolitionists Catherine and Levi Coffin abided on the land during the mid 1800’s and for 33 years they assisted in smuggling countless slaves over the Canadian border to safety!
Now we jump forward to 1908 when our present building was opened as Woodward Highschool! It was a modern wonder with amenities such as flushing toilets and indoor swimming pools! For over a century it served the students of Cincinnati first as Woodward High School then in the 1950’s as Abigail Cutter and then in 1977 it became the School for Creative and Performing Arts!
Finally, we come to the part in the story when Core Redevelopment acquired the building in 2012 and starts the process of remaking it into Alumni Lofts! Our company is well versed in the art of preserving history while at the same time, giving it a modern flair! The building itself is still a work of art as we incorporated and preserved the original tile flooring, marble archways and beautiful Rookwood Pottery fountains! As a matter of fact, each of the five floors in the building are home to at least two beautifully preserved Rookwood fountains each more intricate in detail than the last! There are 142 incredibly unique apartment homes here at Alumni Lofts each with soaring ceilings, granite countertops, original hardwood and concrete flooring and also enormous original windows
On the fifth floor of the building, the top floor, there are apartments that feature the original gymnasium. We have preserved the gym by keeping fireman poles in some apartments as well as the basketball flooring. One of the apartments even features the three point line in the kitchen and the long jump in the living room! In addition to all of this, believe or not there used to be swimming pools on the 5th floor! We have now filled them in with concrete and made them into very unique apartment homes, one of which still features the original pool ladder! The majority of the apartments on the fifth floor are loft style apartments where some of the second stories are made up of the original running track which used to loop around the top of the gymnasium! One apartment showcases the original spiral staircase that led to the track. While the apartments on the lower floors do not have characteristics from the gymnasium, they are definitely not devoid of uniqueness! Most apartments have the original chalkboards from different classrooms ranging anywhere from language arts all the way to woodshop! Other apartments feature century old beautifully crafted cabinets! An example of one of these is a colossal built-in on the 4th floor that has 93 drawers and used to be a part of the old science laboratory! Another unique feature we have kept is a ballet stage that is now part of a studio apartment! You can now locate all of these incredible classrooms and other preserved parts of the original school by the plaques we have placed on each and apartment door!
We have also added multiple amenities to the community which include a courtyard, a rooftop terrace, a gated patio featuring gas grills and seating areas and last but not least a state of the art, 24 hour fitness facility! The first floor of the building houses what one might consider the centerpiece of the buildings history, an incredibly detailed and beautiful stained-glass window that dates back to before the Civil War, 1855 to be exact! It stands in the center of our grand lobby and is one of the very first things that catches visitors eyes when they first walk into the building.
The building which is now Alumni Lofts has been an icon throughout the city of Cincinnati for countless years now and people in the community are grateful to our company for preserving all of the beauty and significance that resides here to this day! We are absolutely in love with this building and are proud to say that it is 100% occupied! We know that when you read this and see our building, you will fall in love with it too!
There may be floorplans for this property that are not listed below. Please contact us for a listing of all available floorplans.