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The Benjamin Harrison School was formally dedicated on Saturday, September 22, 1894. In 2012, a public nuisance hearing was conducted to determine whether or not the structure should be demolished. As a result of these hearings, the school was determined to have historical significance and is now included in the Sedasmville Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places. As of November 2018, the building sits empty.


  • View of Benjamin Harrison School from Delhi Avenue 

(Photo was taken by Bradley Cutter on 11/2/2018)
  • This stairwell once provided students, faculty, and parents easy access to the school from Delhi Avenue

(Photo was taken by Bradley Cutter on 11/2/2018)
  • The school was condemned by the City of Cincinnati in 2010. The Steiner Avenue entryway which once welcomed Sedamsville students has long been bolted shut.

(Photo was taken by Bradley Cutter on 11/2/2018)
  • A local church painted a number of the plywood window coverings on the first floor. Many of the windows on the second and third floor are broken.

(Photo was taken by Bradley Cutter on 11/2/2018)
  • The Benjamin Harrison School is visible in the top right corner of this photo. The photo is taken from the perspective of River Road facing west.

Fifty years before the three-story brick schoolhouse was constructed on Steiner Avenue, Sedamsville’s students attended school in a building on lower Delhi Avenue. The original school house sat ten feet below grade. When the Ohio River flooded, the cellar of the school house would fill with water. Additionally, the placement of the school between the fire house and a swath of tenement buildings blocked the entry of daylight into the building. By 1892, the school board recognized that the dark, damp school house was no longer adequate for Sedamsville’s growing population. "The New Sedamsville Schoolhouse," began construction early in 1892 on a plot of land that the Board had purchased five years earlier. The three-story brick building with freestone trimmings contained 12 class rooms, a principles office, a library, and janitor’s quarters. Students could enter through any one of four entrances around the exterior of the building. Great care was taken to promote the new school house as a modern institution. Among its offerings were well ventilated (and heated) classrooms, artificial slate blackboards, and fire proof walls. The Cincinnati Post described the new school in the following way: “The building presents a commanding and beautiful appearance. It is located on one of the most elevated sites in Sedamsville and can be seen for miles around.”

Black, Harry. Reference document #201600561. June 22, 2016. Accessed November 04, 2018. http://city-egov.cincinnati-oh.gov/Webtop/ws/council/public/child/Blob/45301.pdf;jsessionid=3D7FD7ACE18DB96A0A030FC800EB2A7A?rpp=10&m=44085.

"It Is Finished. The New School Building For Sedamsville." The Cincinnati Post(Cincinnati)September 22, 1894.
 

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