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May 2014

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS · CLIFTON BRANCH PROJECT

  • Excavating the elevator pit
  • Furring strips in place for drywall
  • Exterior masonry restoration work and vine removal
  • This arched area will be enclosed and become a reading room
  • A piece of sculpture unearthed from one of the flowerbeds during construction
  • An old wallpaper pattern is still evident on one of the walls
  • Underpinning the foundation
  • Future 2nd floor elevator opening
  • Preparing for the elevator installation
  • A large meeting room is planned for this room on the second floor
  • A porch was removed to make space for an addition
  • The solarium was removed and will be replaced
  • Items found during the renovation include an old pipe and a time capsule (left by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity) containing a note and a 1990 issue of The Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Architectural details from the “Boss” Cox era
  • Walls have been removed in the basement to create more space for the Technology Services and Teen Programming areas
  • The future nonfiction room
  • Workers filling in old door openings
  • New wall being built for staff stairwell
  • Future staff office space
  • One of the rooms on the 2nd floor
  • The staff stairwell will eventually go in this part of the building/span>
  • Watch your step, the renovations have started at the Clifton Branch!
  • Architectural details like the wood paneling and fireplaces harken back to the days when this was Boss Cox’s home.
  • Renovations also have started upstairs at the Clifton Branch
  • Looking down on the construction work from the second floor.
  • Once the location of the formal dining room, this space will soon be the Children’s area.
  • Removal of layers of walls reveal old wallcoverings in the future stairwell.
  • These old kitchen walls will be transformed into the Children’s Reading Room.
  • A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the renovation project was held at the branch on Tuesday, April 21.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks from Board of Trustees President Ross Wright.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks from The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kimber L. Fender.
  • City of Cincinnati Council member P.G. Sittenfeld.
  • City of Cincinnati Council member Wendell Young.
  • Ben Pantoja, Clifton Town Meeting Leader.
  • Detail from the preliminary design plans. Select the image to see the full floor plan.
  • Detail from the preliminary first floor design plans. Select the image to see the full floor plan.
  • Detail from the preliminary basement design plans. Select the image to see the full floor plan.
  • On October 30, members of the Clifton community were given the opportunity to preview the new Clifton Branch design plans.
  • Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kim Fender talks to the members of the Clifton community about the design plans.
  • Robin Savage, the project architect (McClorey & Savage, Architects, LTD) talks to members of the Clifton community about the design plans.
  • Members of the Clifton community examining the design plans for the new branch
  • In the spring of 2010, Michael L. Dever, president of Performance Automotive Network, donated Parkview Manor, the former home of George Barnesdale “Boss” Cox, to the Library for a new Clifton Branch.
  • Designed by noted Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford, the 10,000 square foot home is located at 3400 Brookline Avenue, a few blocks from the current branch, on a generous lot with room for off-street parking.
  • The existing Clifton Branch on Ludlow Avenue. The new branch will be large enough to accomodate a dedicated children’s room, teen area, program space, meeting rooms, and a computer lab.
  • The house includes numerous unique architectural features such as circular and triangular shaped rooms, secret passageways, and beautiful stained glass windows
  • Boss Cox house, circa 1900
  • At a community meeting, Clifton residents offer their suggestions for features and services that might be included in the new branch

Construction Timeline

2013
2014
2015
DESIGN
BID
CONSTRUCTION
Expected Completion: Spring/Summer 2015
Groundbreaking
April 21, 2014