21c museum hotel cincinnati : cincinnati, oh

catalyzing economic + cultural rejuvenation

Client: 3CDC (Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation)

21c Cincinnati was a comprehensive adaptive re-use in collaboration with renowned design architect Deborah Berke Partners. The program is an innovative hybrid of a vibrant contemporary art museum and a 156-room boutique hotel that is at the hub of a growing arts and entertainment district and has contributed to the revitalization of Cincinnati’s downtown. A masterful orchestration of century-old historic details and clean modern design characterizes this project. The building was redeveloped from a property that originally hosted a hotel built in 1912. Visitors to 21c Cincinnati can now enjoy a signature restaurant and 8,000 sf of gallery, meeting, and event space dedicated to exhibiting art of the 21st century including site-specific multimedia installations. The exhibits are open to the public free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


159,000 sf

Construction Cost

$28 M

Firm Responsibility

Forensic Investigation
Redevelopment Concept
Architectural Design
Contract Documents
Contract Administration

Completion Date



Architectural Record, Good Design/Good Business Award, 2014

AIA Pittsburgh, Excellence in Historic Preservation, 2013; Honors in Interior Architecture, 2013

Cincinnati Preservation Association, Rehab Award, 2013

Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehab, 2013

ULI, Global Award, 2013 Architizer, A+A Award, Special Mention, 2014


Associate/Design Architect

Deborah Berke Partners

Lighting Design


MEP Engineering

Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers, PSC

Structural Engineering

Atlantic Engineering Services


Messer Construction

Historic Preservation Consulting

Judith B. Williams, HPC

Food Service Consulting

MFI Enterprises, Inc.

Acoustic Consulting

Babich Acoustics




Tony Soluri Photography


Immortal Images Architectural Photography

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