Project Type: Engineering
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Since its completion in 1926, the Cincinnati Enquirer Building has been an important part of Cincinnati's physical and emotional landscape. The 14-story limestone and brick structure is a mix of Art Deco, Gothic and Pre-Modern architectural styles and was built to house both the administrative office and publishing facilities for the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The newspaper moved from the building in 1992 and the building has been in decline in the years since.
SREE Hotels purchased the property and has hired CR to convert the building into a dual branded hotel, housing a 105 key Homewood Suites and a 144 key Hampton Inn and Suites as well as retain first floor retail areas. In the early stages of the project, CR brought the possibility of pursuing the State and Federal Historic Tax Credits and has since lead the effort to gain those credits which represent millions of dollars to the owner. Additionally, the unique nature of the historic building, the very specific requirements of two different hotel brands, and the owners desire to push these brands up market have challenged CR's Interior Design and Architecture teams to find creative solutions. The final product will be a contemporary interior with an eclecticism that makes it comfortable, housed in a one of a kind historic structure which could not be duplicated in today's market.