Thursday, May 26, 2011

MSD Demo watch: The ENDANGERED Vitt and Stermer Building

The MSD Lick Run project will decimate a relatively intact Historic area of commercial buildings built between 1840-1910 for a "glorified drainage ditch" to be built by MSD and the City of Cincinnati and largely funded with your federal tax dollar by EPA. The plan is simple wipe out a potential historic district, the systematically tear down things around it and built "New Urbanist" infill. The loss of this district would represent the largest loss of Historic fabric since the highway projects of the 1970' and the devastating loss of Kenyan Barr in the 1960's.

Originally known as Lick Run  the area went on to later be known as the town of Fairmount which was latter annexes into the City of Cincinnati.

At 102 Years old, this building is remarkably intact
The Vitt and Stermer started in the funeral business in 1899 in early days funerals were often held at home and it was Vitt and Stermer who built the first building expressly built for funeral services, the building was constructed in 1909.

A great combination of Spanish Colonial and free classic details grace the front facade.
Architecturally this building is a tour de force and built with great thought to be a high style structure yet restrained due to the nature of the business that was there. The building has Spanish colonial style pediment at the center of the front facade. The pediment is flanked on either side with nicely detailed bays on the second floor,

Stunning entry at the formal chapel entrance
The stained glass, used extensively in this building is remarkable and intact .

Custom built for V&S, note the design!


I was blown away at the architectural detail in this building

Should this be in a landfill? I think not!
This building based on its architecture as well as its place in the history of the city., in my opinion makes this building worthy of both state and national registry.

I am still trying to determine the architect but it looks stylistically similar to projects done by Hannaford and sons. If anyone has any history or knowledge of this building please let me know. This is a MUST SAVE building as it the neighborhood it sits within.

2 comments:

Ryan said...

Do you know the address of this building?

Dan said...

The flemish gable reminds me of Central Fairmont School nearby (which is fantastic). The school was by Edward H. Dornette in 1908.