Thursday, January 17, 2013

American Can Building

Built in 1921, this Early Commercial Style 5-story building was designed by architect C.G. Preis.  It is made primarily of concrete and brick and covers around 120,000 square feet.  It was built for the American Can Company, one of the country’s largest can manufacturers.  The can making machinery was built in this facility.  The company stopped operations in 1963 but a few years later the building was reopened and used by the Cleveland Automatic Machine Company, which operated in this building until 1978.  Over the past several decades the building was used on and off by smaller companies but stood vacant for the most part.

In 2005 plans for clean up and renovation of the building began and by the end of 2011, developers Bloomfield/Schon + Partners converted the building an its space to 110 loft style apartments along with 12,000 square feet of commercial space.  The apartments have high ceilings and thick concrete floors and many of the original factory features remain including the fixtures and equipment that are used for furniture and décor.  The building is part of a mixed-use development in Northside called Factory Square.

The buildings renovation has been awarded a Preservation Merit from the Ohio Preservation Office and the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council.

The American Can Building is a Cincinnati Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

American Can Building
4101 Spring Grove Avenue, Northside

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