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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Goodbye Glencoe

Glencoe Place, mentioned often on this website and others focusing on urban decay in Cincinnati, is in the process of being demolished. After a decade of failed attempts to cash out on the property by developer Pauline Van der Haer, Glencoe was sold at sheriff auction to the cleverly named "Leroy Glen Investment LLC" (a play on the street names in the Glencoe complex, Leroy Court and Glencoe Place). As is the intent of LLC's, it's unknown who exactly is behind the demolition and what future plans they have for the site. Whoever is streamlining the demolition of Glencoe, it's clear that to them an empty, virtually undevelopable hillside is more enticing than a nationally registered historic site.

The demolition of Glencoe Place is only one of the massive demolitions undertaken in the past few years around Mt. Auburn; adjacent Christ Hospital has demolished several city blocks of historic architecture in order to accommodate expansions of their now sprawling medical facilities.

For information concerning the demolition permits, visit Cincinnati's ezTrack permit service and search for the address(es) "2 Glencoe," "7 Glencoe, "49 Glencoe," etc. Although all buildings in Cincinnati over 50 years old are reviewed for historical significance before demolition permits are issued, the Glencoe Place complex was apparently found to be devoid of said importance by the City of Cincinnati, despite its place on the National Register of Historic Places.

Below are photos from after the first day of demolition at Glencoe Place. To see photos prior to its destruction, visit this older post.

Glencoe Place Demolition

Glencoe Place shortly after demolition crews left after the first day of demolition.

Glencoe Place Demolition

Christ Hospital looms over top of Glencoe Place.

Glencoe Place Demolition

Although it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP #3001286), demolition of Glencoe Place began on March 19, 2013.

Glencoe Place Demolition

Although demolition had just begun on March 19, 2013, demolition permits had been issued for the entirety Glencoe Place complex.

Glencoe Place Demolition

Several buildings remodeled and painted blue sit behind the first of the historic structures to be demolished.

Glencoe Place Demolition

The view of Glencoe Place from Christ Hospital will soon be replaced by an empty dirt lot.

Glencoe Place Demolition

Demolition equipment in the shadow of Christ Hospital, an image that has become commonplace in Mt. Auburn.

Glencoe Place Demolition

Glencoe Place after one day of demolition work.

Glencoe Place Demolition

The existance of the remaining buildings at Glencoe Place is terminal.

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