In the spring of 2010, Michael L. Dever, president of Performance Automotive Network, was asked by Library Trustee Bill Moran to donate the 1895 former home of George Barnsedale “Boss” Cox to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a new Clifton Branch Library.
Designed by noted Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford, the 10,000 square feet home is located just blocks from the current branch library on a generous lot that would allow for 16 off-street parking spaces behind the house. The home (nearly four times larger than the current 2,520 square-foot storefront facility) would allow the creation of a dedicated children’s room, teen area, program space, meeting rooms, and a computer lab. A feasibility study shows that the collection size could also be increased and an elevator could be added for complete accessibility to the facility.
On April 12, 2010, Library officials submitted a proposal to the Clifton Town Meeting to relocate the Clifton Branch Library from its present small rental facility located at 351 Ludlow Avenue to the former Cox home located at 3400 Brookline Avenue. The Clifton Town Meeting Board voted to support the continuing evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of the relocation. At a subsequent meeting, members of the Clifton Business District also supported this proposal. The Library Board and staff are excited by the opportunity to make this notable building into a much needed larger library facility for Clifton residents while preserving a unique piece of Cincinnati history. Learn more about the history of this building and its architecture.
The building renovation will cost $3.5 million. Contributions are being actively sought for this project. Anyone interested in naming opportunities and contributing to this project is encouraged to contact The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kim Fender by phone 513-369-6972 or email.
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