Samuel Hannaford

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Samuel Hannaford (10 April 1835 – 7 January 1911) was an American architect based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of the best known landmarks in the city, such as Music Hall and City Hall, were of his design. The bulk of Hannaford's work was done locally, over 300 buildings, but his residential designs appear through New England to the Midwest and the South.


Born in England, Hannaford immigrated with his family to Cincinnati at age nine.[1]

Hannaford attended public schools and graduated from Farmer's College, Cincinnati, where he studied architecture. Hannaford opened an office in 1857 and in 1887 formed the firm of Samuel Hannaford & Sons. At the time of his death, he was director of the Ohio Mechanics' Institute. Hannaford died in his home in Cincinnati on 7 January 1911.[2]

List of works[edit]

This list includes works by Samuel Hannaford and, after 1904, works by his firm Samuel Hannaford and Sons.



Samuel Hannaford and Sons Thematic Resources[edit]

A 1978 study titled the "Samuel Hannaford and Sons Thematic Resources in Hamilton County" was conducted which identified numerous Hannaford buildings for potential listing in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[6] This led to numerous actual listings of Hamilton County properties designed by the Hannafords.



  1. ^ Grace, Kevin (4 January 2012). Legendary Locals of Cincinnati. Arcadia Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 9781467100021. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h American Art Annual, Volume 9. MacMillan Company. 1911. p. 312.
  3. ^ "Samuel Hannaford used blue sandstone and Ohio River sandstone, popular buildings materials in Cincinnati at that time, for the construction of the Bell House. At the time of the construction the house was actually in a suburb of Cincinnati-Walnut Hills". "American Victorian Architecture", by Arnold Lewis and Keith Morgan. Dover publications, 1975. 1886 pictures by Albert Levy
  4. ^ "Locations | Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library".
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  6. ^ Stephen C. Gordon and Elisabeth H. Tuttle (11 December 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Samuel Hannaford & Sons Thematic Resources in Hamilton County". National Park Service.

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