Columbian School, 3415 Harvey Avenue, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH
Significance: The Columbian School is a significant example of school design in Cincinnati during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The school represents a major city investment in the newly annexed neighborhood of Avondale. The size, architectural design and technological improvements such as fresh air ventilation are indicative of the importance of this structure. It remains a landmark in the neighborhood and a testament to the role of public education in the late nineteenth century. The older, principle wing of the building is one of the best examples of the Richardsonian Romanesque style in the city. While not totally true to the style, the building evokes its massive, heavy characteristics through simple form and large scale detailing. The alter addition, although less distinctive architecturally, is evidence of the increasing demand on the original building and of the importance of the school's location in the community. The school was designed by two prominent Cincinnati architects, Henry Siter and A. Lincoln Fechheimer.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N265
Survey number: HABS OH-2384
Building/structure dates: 1892 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1897 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1929 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1993 Demolished