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 features Studio, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom and Loft Style apartments.
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 lived on the land during the mid 1800’s and for 33 years they assisted in smuggling countless slaves over the Canadian border to safety. 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.
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 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!
There may be floorplans for this property that are not listed below. Please contact us for a listing of all available floorplans.