Guilford School building

Guilford School is a historic former schoolhouse, now housing commercial offices, on the east side of Downtown Cincinnati at 421 E 4th Street. The building is adjacent to Lytle Park is a contributing property to the Lytle Park Historic District.

Guilford School was dedicated May 16, 1914,[1] and named for Nathan Guilford (1786-1854), an early advocate for Ohio education.[2] The building stands on the site of Fort Washington and later also the boardinghouse where Stephen Foster, then a steamboat worker, stayed from 1846 to 1850.[3] It was designed by Frederick W. Garber.

It is now owned by Western & Southern Life Insurance.


  1. ^ "Dedication of the Guilford School, Cincinnati, Ohio: Saturday, May Sixteenth, Nineteen Hundred Fourteen". Bachmeyer Press. 1914. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  2. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1943). Cincinnati, a Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors. pp. 168–169. ISBN 9781623760519. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  3. ^ Jones, Kent; et al. (Jul 18, 2011). Historic Downtown Cincinnati. Arcadia Publishing. p. 84. ISBN 9780738582917. Retrieved 2013-05-04.

Coordinates: 39°06′03″N 84°30′18″W / 39.100761°N 84.505088°W / 39.100761; -84.505088