The Henry - Urban Apartments

New Life to Historic East Walnut Hills

September 17, 2019 (Cincinnati, OH) -- The historic Queen Anne-style structure near DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills has new life in the form of 19 new residences and two street-level retail spaces. The new boutique apartment building, named The Henry, recently welcomed new residents adding to the emerging vibrant neighborhood.  

Chris Pfeiffer, AIA, LEED AP, with Pfeiffer Architecture + Development served as the architect while working with Urban Sites to bring the new 19-unit apartment project to life. "This is a transformational project," says Chris.  "You wouldn't recognize the space from it's former condition and the addition of new residents to the neighborhood help change the energy for the betterment of the community."

The building has always provided apartment housing and a dry cleaner formerly occupied the ground level retail space but the building had been significantly underutilized and left to deteriorate with insufficient maintenance for a long period of time before being acquired to restore into its current state.  

In addition to shoring up the original structure and replacing floors that were severely damaged, the building was gutted and an addition was added in the rear to create a common courtyard and unique residence with personality & charm that can’t be reproduced. The new design enhanced the layout of the residences and maximized the site utilization with a new 4-story modern addition that compliments the historic structure with a contrasting but complimentary material & color palette.  Adding more density to the site in the form of 7 additional residences created a design challenge, but the result is a successful solution that achieves a unique market rate apartment building above street-level retail with urban style. 

Read the original pre-construction article from the Cincinnati Business Courier here.

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Founded in 1867 as the incorporated Village of Woodburn, East Walnut Hills is known as the home to many prominent Cincinnatians. Initially developed as a small German Catholic community, the village was annexed into Cincinnati by 1873. Click here for more information about the community of East Walnut Hills.