This Renovated OTR Home Was Once a Local Bank

Own a piece of history with this 1853 Art Deco bank-turned-OTR gem.

1302 Main Street

Photograph courtesy of Coldwell Banker West Shell, The Gibler Team

Not many people can say they live in a former bank, but this renovated gem in Over-the-Rhine is a dreamy mix of Art Deco exterior and industrial chic interior. It’s also located on one of the most eclectic streets in OTR, where you’re just steps from Liberty Bar and Bottle Shop, LouVino Restaurant and Wine Bar, Cincy Shirts, and Iris Book Cafe. Whatever way you turn, classic hangouts and newer nightlife spots are easily found, as are the urban green spaces of Ziegler and Washington parks.

Photograph courtesy of Coldwell Banker West Shell, The Gibler Team

Built in 1853, the former Buckeye S&L bank features an Art Deco facade with inlaid designs, eight windows, and sets of pillars at the entry. Though historic, the imposing facade opens into a renovated single-family home. The elevator lies behind a gold door in the tiled foyer, which also leads to the living room’s hardwood floors and exposed brick walls. A gas fireplace unit sits in a corner behind the elevator. In the kitchen, there’s an alcove for a dining table and an eat-in bar with room for several stools. Granite countertops and stainless appliances complement the darker wood and backsplash. The massive pantry has a wall-length run of cabinets that provides plenty of storage, an area to hide small appliances, and doubles as a prep station.

Each of the three bedrooms, two full and one half bath are true to OTR style—think exposed brick and steel beams, thick-framed windows, and hardwood floors throughout. Upstairs, the master is on its own floor including a master bath, a walk-in closet, and a seating area that could double as an entertaining space or office area with views of Main. The open third-floor staircase leads up to the second and third bedrooms.

Photograph courtesy of Coldwell Banker West Shell, The Gibler Team

The best part of the home might be the rooftop deck. At the bottom of the stairs to the deck, a wet bar is set up with a fridge, sink, and cabinets for easy access to refreshments. Outside, the views of the neighborhood and the central business district are great. The deck has plenty of space for a variety of seating arrangements, a grill, and unlimited entertaining possibilities. There’s even an attached garage—a huge city-living perk.

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