Perseverance on Vine

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Project Narrative

Perseverance on Vine is a mixed use, multi-family housing project consisting of three historic rehabs and one new construction. Located in the Over-the-Rhine Historic District, the project brings 32 affordable housing units to the 15th Street block of Vine Street. The project transformed this Vine Street block by rehabilitating three of the eight historic buildings and infilling one of the two vacant lots.
In a neighborhood where affordable housing is greatly needed, Perseverance contributes 26 new affordable units, while preserving six existing affordable units. Perseverance not only brings life back into this segment of the neighborhood, but also helps fill the affordable housing gap within the city.
All three of the project’s historic buildings received Federal and State Historic Tax Credits. The renovated historic buildings preserve the historic elements and character of the classic Italianate and Greek Revival styles and introduce necessary new elements that are contemporary/minimal but compatible with the historic character of the buildings. The new infill building was designed with contemporary elements and materials, but respects the surrounding historic fabric, rhythms, and proportions of the neighborhood without creating a false narrative.
Through the work of many organizations and individuals, Perseverance on Vine provides vastly needed affordable housing in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Furthermore, the project weaves together contemporary design and existing historic buildings in a way that respects the fabric of a city with a rich architectural history.

Speciality Awards

Community Impact

Perseverance on Vine provides housing to those whose income falls within 30-60% of the Area Median Income (AMI); a group that has one of the highest needs for access to affordable housing in the Cincinnati area. The project provides residents access to a historically vibrant neighborhood that is abounding with resources and amenities. While providing updated and dignified living conditions for new and remaining residents, we strived to reinvigorate the block by using quality exterior materials and lively color palettes. The project was designed to be compatible with surrounding neighborhood and residential market. The attention to detail created a desirable place to live and visit.

Historic Preservation

Located in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Historic District, the project transformed a Vine Street block by rehabilitating three of the eight historic buildings. The project utilized Federal and State Historic Tax Credits and preserved the historic elements and character of the classic Italianate and Greek Revival styles. The rehabilitated dwelling units were designed around the existing historic unit footprints, maintaining the historic organization of spaces and circulation. Contemporary but compatible elements were introduced to create functionally modernized units, while preserving all salvageable historic finishes, including the historic tin ceiling and hardwood floors.

Project Details

Submission Category

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Date of Completion

June, 2021

Project Cost

8387517