Two properties have been added to the City of Loveland’s roster of locally designated historic structures.
“Years from now, we want you to be able to continue to visit these structures and appreciate their historic significance to the city,” explained David Kennedy, Loveland City Manager.
In 2021, the city’s Historic Preservation and Planning Commission began recognizing historic properties within city limits. The first property to be recognized was the “Homestead” located in the White Pillars subdivision.
At the Oct. 10 meeting, City Council bestowed the next installment of designations. Commemorative plaques will be placed on the buildings’ facades.
The building that now serves as the Loveland Museum Center has a rich history. It was built in 1862 and features Italian-style architecture. Through the years, it has been home to the Cincinnati Auto Club, American Legion, and a doctor office. Since 1982, it has served as the museum.
In multiple ways, the building that is now home to The Works Brick Oven Restaurant represents infrastructure and the revival of Loveland’s Historic Downtown. The building was designed in 1905 by Henry C. Hubbell, the same architect who designed Cincinnati's Music Hall. The building originally served as a water station for the town as well as the railroads; in fact, it was the only stop between Columbus and Cincinnati where railroad tanks could be filled to operate steam locomotives. Years later, the building was home to the fire department and Public Works. In the early 2000s, the conversion of the building to a restaurant was the beginning of a revival for the Historic Downtown business district. A restored 1921 Pullman Passenger Train Car adds to the property’s uniqueness.