This Historic Downtown Condo is in Cincinnati’s First Ford Motor Company Premier Showroom [Promo]


This striking luxury condo, located at 911 Race St., occupies the space built in 1910 as Cincinnati’s first Ford Motor Company Premier Showroom.  The building was the first luxury condo renovation in Cincinnati, launching the city’s downtown residential renaissance. 

Occupying the entire top floor, this penthouse unit was the dealership’s original repair shop, and retains many of the architectural and design elements that were present then, including nearly 75% of the wall space covered in windows and large skylights. According to an article about the building — in the December 11, 1910 issue of the Commercial Tribune — “The room is so light, that even on a cloudy day mechanics experience no trouble working on the automobiles without the aid of artificial light.” Additionally, the story notes that “The floor of the showroom and anteroom is of Terrazzo white and black marble, is six inches thick and is laid on a concrete base of 8 inches.” You can see the original “FORD” lettering on the terrazzo at the building entrance. 

The combination of the dealership’s early 20th century industrial feel, with this unit’s modern, sophisticated aesthetic, creates an unparalleled downtown living experience. Exposed brick and duct work, cathedral ceilings, sweeping city views in three directions from two balconies, a large custom counter bar and too many other details to list make this penthouse an entertainer’s dream, with a perfect spacious layout for hosting both large and intimate gatherings.

Additional features include two gas fireplaces, custom cherry cabinets, beautiful radiators saved from local historic churches, heated floors in both the master and guest bathrooms, an oversized jacuzzi tub, walk-in closet, heart pine hardwood flooring sourced directly from a Georgia lumber mill, and fully automatic skylights and window coverings.

The keyed elevator opens directly into the condo, and the unit includes two reserved spaces in a heated garage and a large assigned storage room in the basement. 

This building is situated at an ideal midpoint between Fountain Square and Over-the-Rhine, with an easy walk to Music Hall, Washington Park, the Aronoff Center, OTR restaurants and shops, the streetcar, the public library, and the new Kroger grocery. 

Reach out to listing agent Amy Richard for more information or to schedule a private tour.