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Hamilton! - Gallery 6 - German Village Historic District

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One of Hamilton's four historic districts, the German Village is most unique. With its own small business district and riverfront location, the neighborhood has nothing but potential. The district sits at the edge of downtown and holds the Lane Public Library, the main location for the library system that now has locations in Oxford and Fairfield and is the oldest library west of the Alleghenies. St. Julie, an old school, and YWCA are beautiful structures that grace the area. Today, the village has a healthy core, but the edges on the north side and east side are depresesed, so you will see a mixture throughout.

 

From the Nation Registers' website: http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/OH/Butler/districts.html

 

German Village Historic District

(added 1991 - Butler County - #90002216)

Also known as See Also:Benninghofen, John, House;Lane--Hooven House;St. St

Roughly bounded by Vine, Dayton, Riverfront Plaza and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Hamilton

(450 acres, 177 buildings) 

Historic Significance:  Architecture/Engineering, Person 

Architect, builder, or engineer:  Unknown 

Architectural Style:  Italianate, Queen Anne, Gothic Revival 

Historic Person:  Multiple 

Area of Significance:  Industry, Commerce, Architecture 

Period of Significance:  1825-1849, 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949 

Owner:  Private , Local Gov't 

Historic Function:  Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Education 

Historic Sub-function:  School, Single Dwelling2, Specialty Store 

Current Function:  Commerce/Trade, Domestic 

Current Sub-function:  Single Dwelling2, Specialty Store

 

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St. Julie

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YWCA

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Lane Public Library

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Lane-Hooven House - home of HCF

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Several small shops along 3rd

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Easy's in the Village -  a new bar/resturant

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Butler Historical Society

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Homes run the riverfront

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A small park - the parking lot in the rear is to be part of the amplitheater on the river

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Looks like they share common back yards, better than fences

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Downtown nearby

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Hamilton Core Galleries

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 1 - Downtown

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=10975.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 2 – Main Street Business District

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=5108.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 3 - Dayton Lane Historic District

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=5269.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 4 - Rossville Historic District

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=5417.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 5 - Glorious Old Industry

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=6730.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 6 - German Village Historic District

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=6958.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 7 - Historic Highland Park

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=7208.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 8 - Southeast Neighborhood

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=7309.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 9 - Prospect Hill and Grandview

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=8025.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 10 - Forest Hills and Oak Park

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=8107.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 11 - Greenwood Cemetery and St. Stephen's Cemetery

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=8438.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 12 - Lindenwald

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=9336.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 13 - Hyde Park and Verlyn Place

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=8424.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 14 – Historic Images of City Life and Atmospheres

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=8668.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 15 – Art Deco etc.

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=8830.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 16 - The Gardens of Rossville

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=9262.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 17 - The Northend and Fordson Heights

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=9501.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 18 - The East Avenue Ghetto and Jefferson

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=10146.0

 

Hamilton! - Gallery 19 - Butler County Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=10205.0

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I think I'll hafta reconsider good ol' Hamilton based on your many wonderful photos.  Germans like brick don't they?  ;)    really fine.  Thanks!

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I stumbled on this site and had to register in order to thank you for these wonderful photos. I spent the first 23 years of my life in the German Village and I really appreciate that you have captured its many facets. When I was young, the village had it's own festival each year and there was a real sense of community. In the 90s, everything was awful. Many of the older residents moved away and much of the housing became rental property. Today, it seems that the neighborhood is prime for a comeback. I hope that others can see its potential as you have displayed it here. Thanks again!

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When I was young, the village had it's own festival each year and there was a real sense of community. In the 90s, everything was awful. Many of the older residents moved away and much of the housing became rental property. Today, it seems that the neighborhood is prime for a comeback. I hope that others can see its potential as you have displayed it here. Thanks again!

 

It is kind of funny, I just returned from the German Village, I took a walk after visiting Lane. German Village just recently started a Summerfest and Christmas Walk (I believe those are the names). I haven't made it to either yet, but I know a lady who bought and renovated a rental home for her family, and she had good reviews.  She actually moved into the Village because she could walk downtown; I was glad to hear that. I too think the area is prime for a resurgence. The Riversedge development will breathe new life into the Village, and form a better connection with downtown and the river. The neighborhood association is working to develop a streetscape plan for the entire district, with plans for major improvements to Third St, possibly restoring the brick streets. New ornate street signs were recently installed, at several intersections, I'll have to get a pic sometime.

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When I was young, the village had it's own festival each year and there was a real sense of community. In the 90s, everything was awful. Many of the older residents moved away and much of the housing became rental property. Today, it seems that the neighborhood is prime for a comeback. I hope that others can see its potential as you have displayed it here. Thanks again!

 

It is kind of funny, I just returned from the German Village, I took a walk after visiting Lane. German Village just recently started a Summerfest and Christmas Walk (I believe those are the names). I haven't made it to either yet, but I know a lady who bought and renovated a rental home for her family, and she had good reviews.  She actually moved into the Village because she could walk downtown; I was glad to hear that. I too think the area is prime for a resurgence. The Riversedge development will breathe new life into the Village, and form a better connection with downtown and the river. The neighborhood association is working to develop a streetscape plan for the entire district, with plans for major improvements to Third St, possibly restoring the brick streets. New ornate street signs were recently installed, at several intersections, I'll have to get a pic sometime.

I'd love to see photos of the signs. The idea of the brick streets sounds great. Thanks again for posting these.

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^I'll try to get one. The brick streets are probably far off, but they are going to built a lighted arch over 3rd St. this year, that should be interesting.

 

The old Academy opened back up as 3rd St. Tap and Grille; I was there last night and was very impressed!

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^I'll try to get one. The brick streets are probably far off, but they are going to built a lighted arch over 3rd St. this year, that should be interesting.

 

The old Academy opened back up as 3rd St. Tap and Grille; I was there last night and was very impressed!

Did you get a chance to snap a photo of the new street signs? I totally forgot to look the last time I was home. I'll have to remember to check out the Grille the next time I make it up. Sounds GREAT. I did head over to the new restaurant/bar that opened on Main Street in the old Burg's building. Not so impressed, but I was happy that SOMEONE is trying to do something with that great old building.

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I thought I had a photo of the new street signs, but can't find one in my files. I'll try to get one sometime; maybe the construction of the arch will start by then.

 

I love what they've done with the Riverbank (interior and exterior), but the menu is still coming together. I've been there about a dozen times now and tried a number of things; some items are definitely better than others. They've got the pizzas down, however.

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