Public Hearing To Save King Records Building Friday August 21 9am


City Planning Commission
FRI Aug 21 at 9am
Two Centennial Plaza
Behind City Hall
805 Central Ave
Cincinnati USA

This is the next step after unanimous support from Historic Conversation Board.  After Planning Commission, this goes to City Council.  The number of votes needed at City Hall will vary based upon what happens at Planning Commission.  In other words, we want another unanimous vote.

King Records Building owner has still not accepted our requests to sit down and find win-win with us and continues to send lawyer with message that they want to demolish the building!  Mayor Cranley continues to be on our side and is actively engaged.  Help us reach out to Council so we can be united to do what it takes to strike the appropriate balance.  So far, all have been supportive, so we ask they take action to show it, like with FRI Aug 21 meeting before it arrives on their agenda.  There has to be a win-win figured out before it’s too late.

#SaveKingOnBrewster #CivilRightsLandmark #SayItLoud
Encourage Mayor Cranley’s continued support and reach-out to Council:
Spread the word!  They could decide on this within the next month or so.
Join us and the Bootsy Collins Foundation and growing number of individuals, organizations.On the One!  Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation on Facebook.

AND Let’s not ignore the fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dedicated the King Records Building (currently threatened with demolition) with a historic landmark in 2008.

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Terry Stewart was asked why the King Brewster buildings should be saved, he provided the following statement:

“Between 1943 and 1971 the address of 1540 Brewster Avenue in Cincinnati was home to some of the most vibrant and eclectic music making in America. There was never a more important piece of real estate musically or culturally in the history of popular music. King brought together a diverse range of American voices that reflect Cincinnati’s unique geographical position as a crossroads of American culture: rhythm and blues, country, bluegrass, rockabilly, pop and blues records all poured out of King’s studios. King’s musical diversity was also reflected in its business practices – it was a fully ethnically and racially integrated operation. King was also unique because it was a self-contained record label. Every facet of record production happened at 1540 Brewster Avenue, from recording to pressing to packaging to shipping. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to recognize the importance of King Records by dedicating a historical marker and developing educational materials to tell King’s story to students in Ohio and around the world.”
And at the evening’s Emery Theater CEAs celebration President Stewart said:“It bears repeating and underscoring… There’s not a more important piece of real estate in musical history than the building over there on Brewster. If you folks don’t remember and preserve it, shame on you. Remember it! It is so important to American culture, world culture… what happened in that building.”