Lawyers Title Building looking to sing a new tune

When Urban Sites purchased the Lawyers Title Building in downtown Cincinnati in 2007 they never imagined they would discover a large ballroom inside that had been covered by drop ceilings during a later renovation.  The discovery of the 4,000 square-foot ballroom immediately changed Urban Sites' plans for the building.

It has been just over two years since the discovery was made. During that time, Urban Sites has also discovered former showers, bathrooms and even a six-lane bowling alley that was used by the Republican Party which owned the building for some time.

The 120-year-old structure currently boasts close to 20,000 square feet of space and looks to be perfect for an entertainment venue according to Urban Sites property manager Kris Sommer.

"The ballroom that was built on to this building in the 1920s tells me there's an awesome opportunity to create an entertainment venue here," said Sommer.  "The building is also located in a 'destination location' downtown and has lots of available parking surrounding it."

The ballroom, with its 19-foot ceilings and beautiful crown molding, could easily be transformed into a top-notch live music or theatre venue.  Upper floors seem perfect for the addition of bars, gathering spaces, rooftop patios, offices or even apartments for visiting artists.

Urban Sites purchased the building for just over $400,000.  Sommer estimates that it will take $2 million to get the building refurbished and ready for use once again, but that with the preliminary work already done it could be a quick process.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Randy A. Simes
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