Tile at 12th and Republic

Last week this tile at 12th and Republic was revealed. There’s plenty of debris, but you can definitely make out the pattern and colors. How lovely!

Why do I obsessively document such minutiae? Because I can’t just make up an inspiring color palette such as this one:

I increased the saturation on my photos to try to find the original tile colors and found a rich, muted palette that I think is quite unusual.

I’ve previously featured the ghost sign on the side of this building. Now, who knows what’s going on with this building? 12th and Republic? Building Cincinnati? CityKin? Bueller? Bueller?


6 thoughts on “Tile at 12th and Republic

  1. I’ve never noticed the tile, but I’m assuming you’re talking about the building on the NW corner of the intersection – the one with glass block windows. That’s Harkavy Hall, owned by Tender Mercies. They’re doing a $4M rehab on the building to make it ADA compliant, better for the residents, and more useful for them. Here’s kind of a thumbnail sketch:

    No word on what they’re going to do with the tile!

    If this isn’t the building you meant, I apologize for all of this extra information….

  2. That’s the one; thanks, Kevin! I’m glad to hear that this will remain a Tender Mercies building; I thought maybe it was going condo… I hope there’s a way to keep the tile in the space.

  3. I’ll be sure to ask about it when I do some followup on the project. If they’re not saving it, I’ll make sure they salvage it and ship it to you! 😉

  4. I’ll check in with the building services guy at Tender Mercies.
    Maybe there’s a plan for the tile.

    So much has been found to be needing relacement — e.q. they discovered the 19th century builders added the third floor several years after the building was build, but used only 1 by 6 joists to support the flooring. Yikes.

    I wish they had checked several of the rehabbed or demo’d buildings in this neighborhood for evidence of Underground Railroad tunnels. Harkavy is not looking like a candidate for that, however.

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