American Can Company Building

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American Can Company Building
American Can Company Building in Cincinnati.jpg
Western side of the building
American Can Company Building is located in Ohio
American Can Company Building
American Can Company Building is located in the US
American Can Company Building
Location 4101 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates 39°9′37″N 84°32′14″W / 39.16028°N 84.53722°W / 39.16028; -84.53722Coordinates: 39°9′37″N 84°32′14″W / 39.16028°N 84.53722°W / 39.16028; -84.53722
Area 2.3 acres (0.93 ha)
Architect C.G. Preis
Architectural style Early Commercial
NRHP Reference # 07001092[1]
Added to NRHP October 17, 2007

The American Can Company Building is a historic former factory in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Built in 1921,[2] it is a concrete building with a concrete foundation and an asphalt roof;[3] five stories tall, it has a total floor space of approximately 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2). Built by the American Can Company, the factory was used to manufacture can-making machines, rather than producing the cans itself;[2] it remained in operation until closure in 1963. Two years later, it was reopened by the Cleveland Machine Company, which used its first floor for machining purposes; after their departure in 1978, it sat almost totally unused, with the only exceptions being small businesses such as T-shirt printers and warehouse operators.[4]:11

In late 2005, a local redevelopment company purchased the American Can Company Building, using a $500,000 loan from the city's community development office. Expecting to have to pay another $800,000 to resolve longstanding environmental issues at the property,[2] the company received a grant of $750,000 from the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund.[4]:18 As this process was a significant component of a larger redevelopment project on the eastern portion of Northside, the American Can owners sought to renovate their property in a manner compatible with its historic nature.[5]:1 In 2006, the building was assessed against the guidelines of the National Register of Historic Places, a federal historic preservation program, and found to be eligible for inclusion on the Register. Besides starting the National Register nomination process, the owners applied for the building to be designated a historic site by Cincinnati's city planning commission; such approval was granted in July 2007.[5]:2 Three months later, the National Park Service added the building to the Register.[1] The owners' ultimate goal was to convert the property into apartments and small shops.[6] With renovations nearly complete, the building reopened as American Can Lofts in September, 2011.[7]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Baverman, Laura. American Can site target of two can-do developers, Cincinnati Business Courier, 2005-10-03. Accessed 2011-02-25.
  3. ^ American Can Company Building, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2011-02-25.
  4. ^ a b Yersavich, Amy, et al. American Can Building, Ohio EPA, n.d. Accessed 2011-02-25.
  5. ^ a b Minutes of the City Planning Commission, Cincinnati City Planning Commission, 2007-07-13. Accessed 2011-02-25.
  6. ^ London, John. Vice President Visits Northside for Stimulus Tour, WLWT, 2009-07-09. Accessed 2011-02-25.
  7. ^ Bernard-Kuhn, Lisa. "American Can Lofts Nearly Finished". Retrieved 2011-10-24.