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Old Posted Mar 21, 2013, 2:27 AM
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Cincinnati: Glencoe-Auburn Place, Queen City's first suburb, is being razed

Historic Glencoe-Auburn Being Demolished

Note: These are photos that I've taken over the past 6 years or so. This was one of my first abandonment explorations in Cincinnati when I still lived in Kentucky. I'll miss this place - not only for its history, but for its sheer creepy factor.

The historic Glencoe-Auburn Place and Hotel in the Mount Auburn neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio is being demolished after spending years in redevelopment limbo.

Noted for their pastel façades and a gothic-styled hotel, Glencoe-Auburn was the city's first suburb and contained six row house complexes and the Glencoe-Auburn Hotel. The majority of the structures within Glencoe-Auburn were constructed between 1884 and 1891 by Jethrow Mitchell and the pocket neighborhood was given the nickname “Little Bethlehem” as it resided within the shadow of Christ Hospital.

But by the 1960s, Glencoe-Auburn had become predominately lower-income and was referred to as “The Hole,” owing to its location a deep valley and along a steep incline. The properties had deteriorated and were in unsatisfactory condition. In 1964, residents of “The Hole” staged Cincinnati’s first rent strike.

The Glencoe Place Redevelopment Project, a wholesale renovation of Glencoe-Auburn in the 1970s, reduced the number of residential units and added new sidewalks, street lamps, courtyards and playgrounds. Each unit received new linoleum and carpeting, appliances, fixtures and drywall, along with new electrical wiring and plumbing. The project received several local, state and national awards for revitalization, and the 1988 The Bicentennial Guide to Greater Cincinnati noted that the redevelopment had been a success.

During the 1990s, Glencoe-Auburn once again declined. Many of the units had been neglected and crime had spiked, leading to a high vacancy rate within. The remaining renters were evicted in 2002 and the buildings were boarded up and secured.

In 2002, Pauline Van der Haer of Dorian Development purchased the Glencoe-Alburn and proposed the $18 million Inwood Village redevelopment project. Over the next nine years, Van der Haer proposed plan after plan, some incomplete, others unrealistic, that ultimately led to only one model unit being developed. To voice her disgust with the city and its processes that she believed were unfair, she launched Was Mark Twain Right?.



































Van der Haer received a letter from Christ Hospital in May 2010, which outlined their proposal to expand its adjoining hospital campus and invest more than $300 million. The project would include a 1,000-vehicle parking garage and new centers for women's oncology and musculoskeletal disorders. The hospital outlined terms under which it was prepared to purchase her property.

Details of the redevelopment plan were disclosed after Van der Haer filed suit in June against the city for $15.5 million. In the suit, Van der Haer alleged that the city failed to honor contracts to subsidize Inwood Village and that Christ Hospital was trying to purchase her development at "a fire sale price." The lawsuit detailed an April 8 meeting between Christ Hospital's chief operating officer, Victor DiPilla, city officials and Van der Haer where she first learned of the development proposal. The hospital offered $1.25 million for Glencoe-Auburn; Van der Haer wanted $7.7 million.

Van der Haer filed suit against Christ Hospital for more than $28 million in damages in April 2011, alleging that the hospital was tortious, deliberate, intentional and malicious with her plans to build Inwood Village and later Glencoe Hotel and Condominiums. In addition, she sought $10 million in punitive damages from the hospital and more than $7 million from the city. In the suit, Van der Haer stated that the hospital sabotaged her deal with the city for Inwood Village.

Eagle Realty Group, a unit of Western & Southern Financial Group, foreclosed on Van der Haer holdings and they went to sheriff’s sale in mid-April. On October 25, Van der Haer sold the Glencoe-Auburn properties to Leroy Glen Investment LLC, a subsidiary of Eagle Realty Group.

A Wrecking Combo Permit, 008800090085, for 2 Glencoe Place was filed on December 20, 2012 and was issued on March 13, 2013. Demolition began on March 18.























Below: Hard to tell from a photograph, but this corner structure had bowed out considerably and had structural issues.























Additional photos will be added to this thread as I process them.
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2013, 2:42 AM
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That is really sad. These houses look straight as arrows. What a waste of historically significant housing. I remember seeing your pictures of these and wondering what would happen. There could have been a very interesting rehab with small apartments where once there lived large families I suppose. I am disappointed.
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It's a shame, really, though not a surprise knowing Christ Hospital's history. It was always fun to take people there for spooks during tours, especially at night. You will be missed Glencoe!
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Interesting. The houses look great. It's too bad that the last generation of renters never took care of the places.
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2013, 3:13 AM
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It was always fun to take people there for spooks during tours, especially at night.
We can now take them to the new casino for freaks and spooks.
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Man, this is so unfortunate. Coming from where I'm from, these don't look that bad, at all. I've seen structures in far worse condition remade.

I guess the only silver lining is that someone documented this for posterity.
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2013, 5:41 PM
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I want to know what the Cincinnati preservation community has to say about this. Was there any concerted effort to preserve these structures? Hasn't any developer stepped forward with interest in rehab? I think this is a travesty, and Cincinnati will lose a piece of its soul when this comes down.
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That is criminal. I can't imagine those went down without a fight.
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I thought that they were a freaking city landmark. They may have been abandoned but they were in decent shape and surely people would live in them. I would if I lived there. Disgusting shame. Glad I at least got to see it a few weeks ago before it was torn down. Whats the chance that I see it a few weeks before its torn down after its been standing for like 140 years? Crazy. Here's some of the photos I got of it.







Now its all gone, such a fucking waste.
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That's a shame. One of the spookiest and most urban corners of the Midwest.
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So do any of them still stand or did they tear down every building?
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They just tore down the mid-block so far. I went yesterday do to some interior shots and the majority of it is still up.
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They just tore down the mid-block so far. I went yesterday do to some interior shots and the majority of it is still up.
You better be protesting that shit, or you're no longer my friend. I'm looking forward to giving you the silent treatment, cuz I'm a jackass.
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This is horrible! I was planning on visiting this place over the summer, but I'm sure it will be gone by then...
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Such beautiful homes, they're all being torn down? Fuck that shit.
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This is criminal!!!!!!!!!
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Yes, yes it is criminal. I wish I could pummel the fuckers with the bricks of these old homes who thought it was a good idea to tear them down.
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Hate to see stuff like this come down. I'm from Loveland; my friends and I went up to the cartridge factory in Kings Mills a few times - for me, some great memories. If they ever tear that down, I swear...
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I want to know what the Cincinnati preservation community has to say about this. Was there any concerted effort to preserve these structures? Hasn't any developer stepped forward with interest in rehab? I think this is a travesty, and Cincinnati will lose a piece of its soul when this comes down.
I know this is an old thread but this needs to be said to out of towners, maybe someone with balls to fight preservation battles might actually read this and move there:

Cincinnati's preservation community is weak. They never win at anything, the Gamble House was even torn down (of Proctor and Gamble fame)! (Though at least they fought it). For a city with the history Cincinnati has it seems the whole culture could give less than 2 sh!ts about its assets there seems to be far more interest in bland suburban living down there than actually preserving its wonderful urbaninity. They'd much rather put up ugly suburban style crud to replace these irreplaceable buildings too. Its an f-ing shame!
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