History of the Clifton School
The Clifton School is itself a work of art, constructed in the Beaux-Arts style and containing architecturally significant and historic details, including ornately tiled Rookwood water fountains. Indeed, the school’s clock tower, among the most recognizable features in Clifton, marks the geographic center of one of Cincinnati’s most treasured and historic communities.
The site of the 1906 School is the former location of the Resor Academy, built by the citizens of the Village of Clifton in 1870. After the City of Cincinnati annexed the Village of Clifton in 1896, the owners of the land on which the original Academy was built deeded the land to the city for the purpose of building a new school in furtherance of the original trust, mandating that the land be used “to promote the education of youth of both sexes” and to cultivate “a taste for science, literature and the fine arts.”
The renewal of the Clifton School as the flagship facility for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center is an homage to the progressive character of the visionary benefactors who dedicated the school site to cooperative education in arts and culture more than a century ago.
Clifton School Floor Plans, Costs & Schedule
Renovation of the Clifton School will be approached in multiple phases.
The initial phase of work on Clifton School placed priority on converting the school building into an ADA compliant building, with the installation of an exterior elevator accessing all levels. In addition, the school was brought into code compliance through the addition of a fire protection system. A secured lobby entrance was created and the auditorium was renovated. This first, $1.7 million phase was completed in October 2010.
The second phase of renovations will renovate the original gymnasium – with its vaulted quarter-sawn oak tongue and groove ceiling -into a 2,700 ft. Great Hall for lectures, receptions, art fairs, dances and other large events. In addition, a catering kitchen will be added on the second floor of the building, dressing rooms will be created to serve the newly renovated auditorium, and roofing repairs will be completed to protect future investments in the building. Construction costs for Phase Two are estimated at $1.25 million.
Future phases will address replacement of major building systems including the installation of air conditioning and upgraded electrical systems, the reconstruction of stairs within the lobby connecting to the second floor gallery space, and general interior and exterior repairs and improvements.
Total costs for all phases of the renovation are estimated between $10-11 million depending on when funds are raised to complete the renovation and future construction cost escalations.