Since 2006, Schickel Design Company has led the transformation of the 1400 block of Pleasant Street in historic Over-the-Rhine. Called City Home Cincinnati, the multi-phase project is located in an area that has long been noted for the largest grouping of turn-of-the-19th-century Italianate buildings found in the country.
Once blighted and abandoned, the block is now thriving with sympathetic infill new construction. The City Home Cincinnati project combines historic renovation with new, single-family town homes and provides private outdoor green space for the 12 new townhouses – Courtyard, Carriage House Homes. The final phase of the project, now nearing completion, sold out last week.
“This is a testament to the value design provides. The new construction meets the requirements of an upscale modern buyer,” says Schickel Design principal Martha Schickel Dorff, “yet capitalizes on the beautiful fabric of small lots, alleys and pocket green spaces of this historic walkable neighborhood.” The new homes have been thoughtfully designed to accommodate modern lifestyles in a tightly laid out historic neighborhood including the friendly integration of pedestrian and vehicular spaces. And the homes are eco-friendly — seven houses are registered to be LEED Certified and the other five, built in the project initial phase, have received Energy Star’s highest rating.
Tucked among the new construction are renovations in a range of sizes. “The combination of new and historic strengthens both,” explains Dorff. She conceived the City Home Cincinnati project to broaden the range of new buyers to the area, particularly young families and older buyers. It has created a new kind of neighborhood in Over-the-Rhine and brought development further west toward Cincinnati’s world-renowned Music Hall and Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and one of the city’s most cherished institutions.
The project has received numerous recognitions and awards including: CCDA – Greater Cincinnati’s Most Outstanding Collaborative Effort, 2009; CINCINNATI Magazine’s Best Street Makeover, 2009; URBAN LAND Magazine Publication, Embodying Synergy of Public Private Partnerships, Sept./Oct. 2010; and Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, Property Development of the Year Star Award, 2010.
Schickel Design provided all design, planning and architectural services for City Home Cincinnnati and development partners were Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, EBER Development and 3CDC.
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About Schickel Design Company
Schickel Design Company grew out of a rich heritage of inspired design and fine craftsmanship with roots in the landmark architecture of William Schickel I, Architect, who designed more than 150 major buildings in Manhattan and Emil Frei, whose stained glass is found in hundreds of churches throughout the country. William Schickel II carried on these traditions, founding the company in 1948 in a barn studio outside Loveland, Ohio, where he created award-winning architectural and interior designs, furnishings, works of art and stained glass for clients nationwide.
In 2000, after working under his guidance for 27 years, Schickel’s daughter, Martha Schickel Dorff took over management of the company. As an architect registered in the state of Ohio with a BA in Fine Art and a Masters in Architecture, Mrs. Dorff has continued the excellent work begun by her forbears. Notable projects under her leadership include AIA Honor Award winner Cincinnati Children’s Chapel of the Holy Child; Chapel of Mercy in Blue Ash, Ohio; Habitec Columbus; the new headquarters for Little Miami Incorporated in Loveland, Ohio; City Home Cincinnati; and the Main Street installation at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.
The company continues to grow in both size and scope, and recently moved from its Loveland location to a 19th century building, which Martha Schickel Dorff redesigned and renovated in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine.
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CONTACT, Martha Schickel Dorff, Schickel Design Company, 124 West 14th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202