Brittany Apartment Building

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 

Brittany Apartment Building
Front of the apartment building
Brittany Apartment Building is located in Ohio
Brittany Apartment Building
Brittany Apartment Building is located in the United States
Brittany Apartment Building
Location100-104 W. 9th St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates39°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
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectSamuel Hannaford; Thomas J. & Joseph T. Emery
Architectural styleQueen Anne
Part ofNinth Street Historic District (ID80003067)
MPSSamuel Hannaford and Sons TR in Hamilton County
NRHP reference No.80003037[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 3, 1980

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. March 13, 2009.
  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 Archived September 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, 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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