Ever Wondered How Historic Preservation Happens? This Tour Will Show You

OTR A.D.O.P.T. will lead a tour through northern Over-the-Rhine showcasing 16 properties in various stages of renovation

click to enlarge John Blatchford - Photo: OTR A.D.O.P.T. Facebook page
Photo: OTR A.D.O.P.T. Facebook page
John Blatchford

Ever wonder what goes into restoring a historic building like the kind that dot Over-the-Rhine? A new self-guided tour hosted by a local nonprofit will show you how it's done.

OTR A.D.O.P.T. (Advancing Derelict and Obsolete Properties through Transfer) has organized the walking tours through 16 properties in northern OTR at various stages of the renovation process — from basic shells to fully-rehabbed properties. 

“For anyone interested in how these old buildings are brought back to life, and how Over-the-Rhine has been transformed, this is an insider look at vision being brought into reality," OTR A.D.O.P.T. founder and executive director Danny Klingler says. 

Tour attendees will get a map and information about each stop. Volunteers will be at each stop with information about the particular sites. 

Several local businesses serving food and drinks are on the tour route and an afterparty will kick off at 6 p.m. at Northern Row Brewery.

Since OTR A.D.O.P.T. was founded in 2010, Klingler says the nonprofit has helped facilitate the preservation of roughly 70 buildings predominantly in OTR, saving them from demolition. The organization works to find investors committed to preserving buildings that contribute to OTR's historic urban fabric.

Proceeds from ticket sales go to help the nonprofit continue its mission. The tour runs from noon-6 p.m. June 22 and begins at Northern Row Brewery, 111 W. McMicken Ave.

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