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H.W. Derby Building

H.W. Derby Building located at 300 W. 4th Street in Cincinnati.
H.W. Derby Building located at 300 W. 4th Street in Cincinnati.

If you like history and love architecture, then Cincinnati has both paired in one beautiful city. Cincinnati is very rich in history and has done a very good job at preserving many beautiful buildings that have been kept up looking the way they did back when they were built. The H.W. Derby building is another building that holds a piece this cities history. Built by well known architect, Samuel Hannaford who is reputable throughout the city building many of the buildings and homes you see, he choose to use the Italianate architectural style to represent H.W.Derby. Derby ran an extensive publishing business for law books, medical books and "misc." publishing. Located at 300 West Fourth Street in the heart of the West Fourth Street Historic District, this massive three story building is made of brick with a flat roof. It has a six-bay symmetrical facade which is distinguished by the sandstone wall treatment and Italianate detailing. Both the second and third stories have managed to retain their original detailing that is marked by the center windows that have projecting keyholes also known as arched hoodmolds. It also has horizontally scored pilasters and a continuous lugsill which helps divide the second and third floors. Located on the eastern side of the facade the brick has a common bond with similar window fenestration and ornamentation. There are also other features such as the bracketed cornices and the short interior chimneys. By 1887, this beautiful building was burned, so Hannaford did the remodeling.

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