Brittany Apartment Building

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Brittany Apartment Building
Front of the apartment building
Brittany Apartment Building is located in Ohio
Brittany Apartment Building
Location 100-104 W. 9th St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates 39°6′19″N 84°30′57″W / 39.10528°N 84.51583°W / 39.10528; -84.51583Coordinates: 39°6′19″N 84°30′57″W / 39.10528°N 84.51583°W / 39.10528; -84.51583
Area less than one acre
Built 1885
Architect Samuel Hannaford; Thomas J. & Joseph T. Emery
Architectural style Queen Anne
Governing body Private
Part of Ninth Street Historic District (#80003067)
MPS Samuel Hannaford and Sons TR in Hamilton County
NRHP Reference # 80003037[1]
Added to NRHP March 3, 1980

The Brittany Apartment Building is a historic apartment building in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. A Queen Anne structure constructed in 1885,[1] it is a six-story rectangular structure with a flat roof,[2] built with brick walls and elements of wood and sandstone.[3] It was built by the firm of Thomas Emery's Sons,[4]:7 Cincinnati's leading real estate developers during the 1880s. It is one of four large apartment complexes erected by the Emerys during the 1880s; only the Brittany and the Lombardy Apartment Buildings have endured to the present day.[2] Both the Lombardy and the Brittany were built in 1885 according to designs by Samuel Hannaford;[2]:7 at that time, his independent architectural practice was gaining great prominence in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.[4]:11

Among the distinctive elements of the Brittany's architecture are the massive chimneys on each end of the building. The exterior of the building is covered with decorative pieces, such as a comprehensive cornice with boxed pediments, plentiful brick pilasters and corbelling,[2] and prominent bay windows.[4]:7

In 1980, the Brittany Apartment Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, due to its well-preserved historic architecture.[1] Dozens of other properties in Cincinnati, including the Lombardy Apartment Building, were added to the Register at the same time as part of a multiple property submission of buildings designed by Samuel Hannaford.[4]:10 Eight months later, the portion of Ninth Street between Vine and Race Streets was added to the Register as the Ninth Street Historic District,[1] and the Brittany Apartments were named one of the district's dozens of contributing properties.[5]

The building has been redone as LeBrittany, housing 15 units of luxury condominiums.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 568.
  3. ^ Brittany Apartment Building, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2010-10-04.
  4. ^ a b c d Gordon, Stephen C., and Elisabeth H. Tuttle. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Samuel Hannaford & Sons Thematic Resources. National Park Service, 1978-12-11. Accessed 2010-10-04.
  5. ^ National Register District Address Finder, Ohio Historical Society, 2010. Accessed 2010-10-16.
  6. ^ Vaccariello, Linda (Nov 2006). "The New Downtown". Cincinnati Magazine. p. 120. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 

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