I wanted to highlight a Cincinnati Public School for the next installment of the Queen's Crown Jewels. There are so many to consider, it was tough to pick one. I decided choose one maybe a little less known and one that is not currently on the National Register of Historic Places. That rules out the schools including but not limited to the former Cummins School (1872), Mt. Adams Public (1895), and Rothenberg Elementary (1914). It also eliminated (at least for now) the real the jewels of the school district itself - Hughes (1908), Withrow (1919), and Walnut Hills (1931) of which Withrow and Hughes are currently listed on the National Register. So my choice is the unique Oyler School in Lower Price Hill.
Oyler School is located at 2121 Hatmaker Street. It was completed in 1931 and was designed by the firm Samuel Hannaford and Sons. It is a wonderfully eclectic design, combining elements of Italian and Spanish Revival, English Tudor Revival, and Venetian Byzantine Gothic Revival in a near Art Deco aesthetic. Glazed terra cotta details accentuate the stone and brick facades including lintels, friezes, balconies, and figures, including a boy and girl flaking the front doors. It is wonderfully decorative for the period and really incorporates an Art Deco style. But still all mixed with historical precedents.
Samuel Hannaford's sons Charles and Harvey completed a number of schools for CPS including Winton Place Academy (1910), Carson (1916), Condon (1922), and Hoffman (1925) which is also on the National Register and has a fantastic setting on Darrell Ave in Evanston/Walnut Hills. (I leave the right to select it for an upcoming post.)
The building is very large at over 100,000 square foot. When built it had ". . . a modern Kindergarten, 46 classrooms, a Metal Shop, an Electric Shop, a Print Shop, a Woodworking Shop, a Mechanical Drawing Room, 2 Cooking Rooms, 2 Sewing Rooms, a Library, 2 Gymnasiums, an auditorium seating 550, and a Lunch Room." It and the playgrounds and a swimming pool occupy a city block in Lower Price Hill which unfortunatly is set on a tight site in a sea of asphalt paving. The building is still occupied and is slated for renovation in an upcoming CPS Master Plan segment.