Sisters of St. Francis House

Sisters of St. Francis House

W_LeMay
This is a model of the old Sisters of St. Francis house, once located at 1789 Queen City Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio. Constructed in 1923, the Mission-style building was home to the Sisters of St. Francis, whom taught students in the St. Bonaventura Parish School across the street. The building remained in use until 1980, when a dwindling population of South Fairmount, combined with a decrease in parishioners, led to the school's closure and the Sisters of St. Francis leaving the area. The building was renovated and converted into The Blessed Tower Apartments, an affordable housing complex, which was home to several low-income families for the next 30 years. However, with the Lick Run Project being begun in 2010-15, the building was in the way of the grand plan of the Metropolitan Sewer District, and, though there was some effort to save the building, nobody stepped up to buy and move the building, and it was demolished in 2016. At this point, it is unclear as to whether the controversial project will revitalize the South Fairmount neighborhood, or will become a blighted and glorified highway median and drainage ditch. Feel free to use this model as you see fit, on the condition that you contact me first so I know where it is being used (I'd love to see it wherever it ends up), and give me a mention or credit wherever it is used or published. #Cincinnati #MissionRevival #Convent #HistoricArchitecture
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