Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Inside Lafayette Bloom Middle School

Lafayette Bloom Middle School, at 1941 Baymiller Street in the West End, 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 1915 in the Second Renaissance Revival style and named in honor of a principal in the CPS, the 104,000-square-foot building has been vacant since it closed following the 2005-2006 school year.

Katrina Mincy of God's Love Christian Ministries, Inc. submitted a high bid of $125,000, which was among six bids rejected for being too low.

The parcel on which the school sits is zoned RM-1.2 Residential Multi-Family.

Of special note are the beautiful auditorium with its massive Corinthian columns and intricate molding, and the many displays of childrens' work, which makes the building look like it closed just yesterday.

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