King Records Cincinnati Brewster Ave Buildings Up For National Register of Historic Places Vote

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(R-L: Otis Williams, Philip Paul (RIP), Bootsy Collins - Credit: King Records Legacy Foundation)

On Friday, June 17, the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board will vote on a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the King Records building complex on Brewster Avenue in the Evanston neighborhood of Cincinnati. The nomination was authored by Charlie B. Dahan of the King Records Legacy Foundation, Dr. Carroll Van West of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, and Diamond Crowder of the Underrepresented Communities Survey and National Register at the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office.

The National Register listing will provide recognition of King Records’ national historic significance and eligibility for certain Federal tax credits and grants for its rehabilitation under the leadership of the King Records Legacy Foundation, which is the City of Cincinnati’s official partner.

The hearing will occur virtually at 10am on June 17th. If you wish to attend, you can register at www.ohiohistory.org/ohspab

About King Records Legacy Foundation
In response to King Records artists Otis Williams, Philip Paul and Bootsy Collins, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and City Council formed a committee to be the official partner with the City of Cincinnati to develop and implement a vision to revitalize the King Records buildings on Brewster Avenue with an emphasis on the legacy and legacies of King Records. As part of the work of the committee a non-profit 501c3, the King Records Legacy Foundation, was established in 2021.

National Register for King Records and King Records Legacy Background
Members of the King Records Legacy Foundation drafted an application for National Register of Historic Places with Cincinnati Preservation Society and City of Cincinnati initially. Charlie Dahan, professor of Middle Tennessee State University, along with Dr. Carroll Van West led the way to develop the application, eventually leading to further support and partnership with Diamond Crowder through the State of Ohio.

A Few Milestones for King Records Preservation in Cincinnati
2008 – Historic Marker installed at Brewster thanks to King Records legacies, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, City of Cincinnati, local non-profits and citizens
2009 – Historic Marker installed at Herzog Studios, recognizing King Records history at location
2015 – City of Cincinnati designates King Records Brewster buildings as landmarks
2018 – City of Cincinnati acquires several King Brewster buildings from owner previously intent on demolition; work on the buildings takes place to clean-up building
2019 – Just before the end of the year, the King Records Legacy Committee is formed by City of Cincinnati officials in response to King Records artists
2020 – King Records Legacy Committee develops organization which becomes King Records Legacy Foundation in concert with King persons and Evanston neighborhood
2021 – King Records Legacy Foundation officially established and began securing private funds and $1M commitment from City of Cincinnati among other efforts
2022 – King Records Legacy Foundation and City of Cincinnati developing next steps forward