08 August 2008

St John Tower at OTR Rec Center

St John Tower, at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center, also called the HUB center:

When St. John Church was demolished, the tower was salvaged and incorporated into the new community center. The tower was at the rear of the church, along Republic Street. The entry to the church as shown in the old photo was on the north side of Green Street (Northwest corner of Green and Republic).

Here is the Catholic Telegraph post about the closing of this church. Here is their photo, taken 1969:

The building to the right in the photo above, today:
[Where: 12 Green Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202]

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Just to the north of the old tower, is the OTR indoor swimming pool. The CRC proposal is to open up the old bricked-up doors and make this indoor pool a summer pool for use by the OTR swim team. I think it is a plan for failure, as you will not get many kids to go to this hidden indoor pool in the summer:
[Where 1715 Republic Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202]

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