The Samuel Hannaford Project

An Architectural Archive

Welcome. This site was made for fans of the influential architect Samuel Hannaford. This site is a place to gather, share, and inspire. I am a long-time follower of Samuel Hannaford's work and I have created this site for fans and supporters to share my passion for architecture and history in an incredible environment.

How It All Started

It began innocently enough. I read an article in Cincinnati Magazine about four houses designed by a Cincinnati architect that were in danger of demolition. At the time, three magnificent mansions at Highland and McMillan Avenues had been razed for student housing. I thought I'd take pictures of those four houses from the article in case they were torn down. That gave me the idea to learn more about Samuel Hannaford and document his commissions that were still standing. Little did I know about his prolific career or his importance to a burgeoning Gilded Age city.

If you have any factual corrections please feel free to share. This project is a hobby. I make no money from this site. I will cite images and information as best I can. I welcome any feedback.

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This is a passion project for me. I make no money off this site. Pictures and sources will be documented the best I can. Feel free to add corrections or other buildings I have missed. Primary sources are preferred. I hope you enjoy the site. I will update information as I am able. Note: Cincinnati renumbered the street addresses around 1895. Current addresses and original street numbers may not match. The Williams Directory was like the phone book (for those who remember phone books) before everyone had home phones. It listed home and work addresses. The Blue Book was a high society register that also listed home addresses, though usually only the street name. I have divided neighborhoods up as best I could historically and to make sense in presentation. I hope you enjoy the site.

Introduction

Timeline

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1854: studies with architect John R. Hamilton.

1857: Started his own firm. Office on 3rd Street.

1858: Joined Edwin Anderson & William Tinsley.

1871: went solo

1874: partnership with Edwin Procter.

1876: dissolved partnership and went solo.

1887: Sons Charles & Harvey to form Samuel Hannaford & Sons

1903: Last known active commission Methodist Retirement Home (Twin Towers).

1964: Firm dissolved