Monday, October 1, 2012

Mind: Blown

Heard a story on WVXU about UC scanning old photos of Cincinnati, and posting them online.  And I went to look.  And I found a classic photo of a wall ad, pre-fade.

But then, I started looking at the structure, and I realized I knew what it was: The Mockbee Building, on Central Parkway.



And then I took a closer look, and realized something was missing between then and today.  AN ENTIRE FLOOR was chopped off the top of the west side.  Who does that?!?
 
 
There is/was a nightclub/art gallery/hipster event hall inside, called fittingly The Mockbee, but it does not appear to be operational.  Other than a company with the same name that sells fasteners and joints and stuff, in Northside, I've been able to find out zip about this place.  I was hoping Queen City Tour would have sumptin.

5 comments:

  1. The Mockbee currently houses artists' studios; Able Projects is a tenant there. If you check out the building from the front [McMicken side], you can see their small sign on the front.

    Anyway, I love the historic photo. It's unbelievable that an entire floor was removed!

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  2. It is definitely on my list! This building was once the home of Bellevue Brewery from the 1860's up until prohibition.

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    1. Based on the rather large crack up the side of the building in the older picture I would say that the photo was taken around the time the subway tunnels were being dug. A lot of buildings along Central Parkway were damaged during the dig.

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  3. Wonder if that's what led to the removal of that top floor.

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