Brewery District: How Beer Saved a Neighborhood


The Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Brewery District is comprised of the largest collection of pre-prohibition breweries in the country; and along with other historical industrial and mixed use buildings, OTR sits amid the largest collection of Italianate architecture anywhere. This session will tell the story of how the district came to be, including the creation of the Brewery District Urban Redevelopment Corporation and the steps it has taken to redevelop and preserve a neighborhood that is filled with historic buildings associated with Cincinnati brewing heritage. Presenters will also discuss district master planning, the creation of a new zoning designation, establishing a historic district, historic signage, a brewery heritage trail, and historic tours.

CE Credits:
Jul 15, 2022 10:15 AM

Jeff Raser

Jeff Raser, AIA, is a registered architect who holds NCARB Certification. He has 30 years of experience leading design teams for project types including: historic preservation and adaptive reuse; mixed-use and multi-family housing; supportive and specialized housing; community and strategic planning; master planning of mixed-use walkable neighborhoods; and zoning & form-based codes.

Kevin Kluender

Kevin is an architect at the Drawing Department in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Drawing Department is an architecture firm that has years of experience working within historic districts on both sides of the Ohio River. They have also been the architect and design firm for many adaptive reuses of historic brewery buildings within the Brewery District in Cincinnati.


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