Guide to Abandoned Places in Cincinnati

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We visited and photographed four abandoned places in Cincinnati Ohio when we visited in May of 2017.

We specifically chose Cincinnati to visit for a few reasons – neither of us had been there, it was within our gas budget to get there and there is a ghost ship in the Ohio River, just outside Cincinnati. Unfortunately we decided not to visit the ghost ship. After extensive research, we found that to do it legally you have to kayak down the river and that just wasn’t something we could do. (If you’re interested though, find out more about the ghost ship here.)

Even without the ghost ship, we did find four great abandoned places in Cincinnati to check out. We were able to explore each a little and photograph from the outside. We did not attempt to enter any of these locations as most had no trespassing signs.

We encourage you to be respectful of your surroundings and do not trespass or put yourself in danger when visiting abandoned locations.

On to the photos!

Abandoned Places in Cincinnati No. 1

The Crosley Building
Cincinnati, OH 54225
Still abandoned as of August 2018.
Photographed May 2017.

Built in 1928. The building has been vacant for over 20 years. In 2014 developers tried to make it into apartments but that seems to have failed, as the building is for sale again as of May 2018. In researching, I found a lot of photos and videos of people inside the building, but we only photographed from the outside.

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Abandoned Places in Cincinnati No. 2

First German Reformed Church
1815 Freeman Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45214
Still abandoned as of August 2018.
Photos from May 2017.

This church was built somewhere in the neighborhood of 1850. It has been abandoned since 1975. You can find a lot of photos of the inside online, but we did not have permission to enter. It seems like there was a movement to make the church into a community center around 2010, but it seems like those efforts stopped around 2012.

Here’s a cool image of the church from around 1900, from the Cincinnati Public Library. After are our photos.

First German Reformed Church Cincinnati 1900

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Abandoned Places in Cincinnati No. 3

Hudhepohl Brewing Company
For GPS: 2 Stone Chapel Lane
Cincinnati OH 45203
Closed in 1987.
As of August 2018, I am unable to confirm the building still stands.

This building was Hudepohl Brewing Company. The brewery was established in the 1880s, but I’m uncertain if this exact building was built around that time or not. This building was the main brewery in 1986 when Hudepohl merged with local brewery Schoenling. In 1987 all beer production moved to the Schoenling factory and the Hudepohl building has been abandoned ever since.

The building was bought in 2014 and was surrounded by a chain link fence when we visited in 2017. Articles from the summer of 2017 state the building was scheduled to be torn down as soon as asbestos was cleaned up from the area. The most recent article I could find regarding the demolition was from September 2017, when it was announced the smokestack would be demolished along with the building despite efforts from the city to save it. That article says the demolition was scheduled for six months away, which would have been March 2018. However, I can’t find any news article, images or videos regarding the demolition. This makes me think that, as of now, the building still stands.

If you have any info about this building please comment or contact me.

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Abandoned Places in Cincinnati No. 4

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church

635 Steiner Ave
Cincinnati OH 45204
Photographed May 2017.
Nothing online indicates this location is not still abandoned.

Built in 1889. Abandoned since 1975. Shares a parking lot with an office building. A man who works there came over on his way into work and asked if we were interested in the building, as it is for sale. He said a lot of people come to photograph the building or use it as a backdrop for photo shoots. He didn’t seem to mind me were there, but we didn’t snoop around for too long.

Bonus – there is an abandoned house across the street. Since it was a busy area we decided not to poke around, but it’s definitely worth a mention. Photo at the bottom, after the church photos.

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Bonus: house across the street.

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