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Mural Site Information & Templates

Mural Site #1 - Lane Library, 300 N. Third St. Hamilton, OH 45011

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  • Location: Hamilton Lane Library, 300 N. Third St. Hamilton, OH 45011

  • Material: Painted brick

  • Approximate Measurements: 45’ W x 22’6” H

  • Design Focus: A community-focused design with possible library elements included. Suggested themes could be the area’s German history, STEAM, growth and change and/or the Great Miami River.

  • Building History: Industrialist and philanthropist Clark Lane established the Lane Library in 1866 as a gift to the people of Hamilton, Ohio. Shortly after occupying his octagonal house on the west side of North Third Street, Clark Lane designed and supervised construction of a library directly across the street where he again incorporated an octagonal design within an Italianate-style architecture. An addition was made to the library in 1984, which includes the section where the mural will be placed. While this exterior wall is much newer, any mural placed should take into consideration the overall historic architecture of the prominent front portion of the building. A complete history of the library is available in the Lane Libraries Commemorative Booklet.

  • Building Today: Today the Lane Libraries serve people of all ages in three cities and western Butler County. Three innovative public libraries, a distinctive regional history library, a popular bookmobile and a dynamic community technology center offer active learning, educational programs and events, community outreach, publications and venues for community interaction.

  • Neighborhood: German Village is a nine-block historic district located immediately north of Hamilton's central business district, and adjacent to the Great Miami River. It was the first residential development outside of Fort Hamilton and was home to Hamilton’s first courts, school, newspaper, and businesses. German Village showcases a great variety of 19th century architectural styles including Queen Anne, Italianate, Eastlake and Gothic Revival. Upon construction the neighborhood housed both prominent businessmen and laborers. By the 1940's, with the completion of a nearby hydraulic canal, a wave of German immigrants had arrived, and Hamilton was becoming a prominent industrial center.

Mural Site #2 - Bartel’s Heating and Cooling, 929 Main St. Hamilton, OH 45013

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  • Location: Bartel’s Heating and Cooling, 929 Main St. Hamilton, OH 45013

  • Material: Painted brick

  • Approximate Measurements: 25’ W x 9’5” H

  • Building Information: This building houses Bartel’s Heating and Cooling who provides quality sales, service, and installation of a wide variety of heating and air conditioning products. Bartel’s will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2023.

  • Neighborhood: The neighborhood of Armondale is part of the Main Street business district and close to Highland Elementary, Millikin Woods Park and the post office. Armondale has been cited in studies of southern migration to the north as a place where 1st and 2nd generation Appalachian residents aspired to live.

  • Important Reminders:

    • Artists are encouraged to visit and research the mural site to aid in site-sensitive design development. 

    • The community’s character and sense of place should be considered when developing a design. It should also be able to stand alone as a relevant and interesting artwork that can evolve within a developing community. 

    • All work must be the artist's original design and not taken directly from copyrighted materials. Artists may take inspiration from imagery as a part of their designs, but it must be significantly altered and the artist's original concept.