- A view of the future interior stairwell.
- The new retaining wall for the basement emergency exit was installed.
- Crew members move the hydraulic lift to the side of the building to remove the old kitchen chimney.
- Masons are using a hydraulic platform to construct the elevator shaft at the new Clifton Branch site
- The new slab has been poured in the basement
- The geothermal well drilling is complete
- Work continues on the elevator shaft
- A crew member repairs weathered joints in the exterior stone
- The second-floor lobby of the new Clifton Branch
- Future elevator shaft
- Sprinkler lines installed
- Geothermal well fields
- The geothermal drilling of a well to be used as a part of the HVAC mechanical system at the new branch
- The tiles have been selected for the new front porch surface
- Crew members work on the elevator shaft
- 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 house.
- 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 house 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 house 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
Expected Completion: Spring/Summer 2015
April 21, 2014
April 21, 2014