Monday, July 20, 2009

Inside Roosevelt School

Roosevelt School, at 1550 Tremont Street in South Fairmount, was open to the public on June 8 prior to a June 9 public auction by Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) and Higgenbotham Auctioneers International, LTD, Inc.

Built in 1925 in the Jacobethan and Neo-Classical Revival styles by Fechheimer and Ihorst, the 24,300-square-foot building has been vacant for several years.

Riverside Academy superintendent Roger Conners and his wife Debra submitted the winning bid of $30,000, which was immediately accepted by the CPS board.

The school is a non-conforming use in a SF-2 Single-Family Residential zone, but no plans have been announced for the property.

A four-classroom, 5,100-square-foot structure at 1546 Waverly Avenue, built in 1964, was also part of the sale.

Of the three schools I toured, this one was in the worst condition, by far. While the outside is much more interesting than the inside, the interior does feature some interesting 1920s stenciling, wood trim and a fantastic wood-clad gymnasium/auditorium, and transom windows.

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