Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cincinnati approves grant application for George Hatch House

Cincinnati City Council has approved an ordinance that will allow the City to apply for a grant to aid in the restoration of the George Hatch House.

The $8,500 grant, from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors and administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, would be used by building owner and overseer Hatch's Folly, LLC to prepare an indoor restoration plan and to fund ongoing renovation efforts at the historic property at in the West End.

Hatch's Folly has already secured $8,500 in matching funds.

If received, the City's Historic Conservation Office would oversee Hatch's Folly in the administration of the grant.

The George Hatch House, built in 1880 for the former Cincinnati mayor and designed by Isaiah Rogers, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places both individually and as part of the Dayton Street National Register Historic District.

It is also within the boundaries of the City's Dayton Street Protection Area.

Prior to restoration, the house had been vacant for three years after serving as a multi-tenant apartment building.

Hatch's Folly plans to turn it into a museum and educational facility about Hatch, Cincinnati's Civil War history, and the Black Brigade of Cincinnati.

Previous reading on BC:
George Hatch House hoping for another grant (1/27/09)
Three Cincinnati buildings nominated for Register (4/1/08)
City to apply for grant to restore George Hatch House (12/14/07)


Paul Wilham said...

This is a positive step forward for this building and I am glad to see there is oversite of the funds. Continued improvements to this building will be good for the neighborhood.

Randy Simes said...

I still think that a museum isn't the best use for this building, but then again it's not my money.

bbreneman said...

I'm just glad someone is taking the initiative to do this. I was close to purchasing this house a few years back to renovate as a single family but it just turned out to be too much work. As of then, the house was still very solid (incredible construction) and well within the bounds of repair. Best of luck to Hatch's Folly - I can't wait to see the results of their work.

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