|24-30 W 12th Street; Source - Google Street View|
|1887 Sanborn Insurance Map - Source|
STROSS WM., Proprietor Stross Hotel; also, Wine, Beer, Liquors and Cigars, n.w.c. 12th and Bremen - 1893 Williams' City DirectoryIn 1900, there was a mention of the Stross Hotel in this newspaper article:
Unfortunately, William Stross died at 48 years old in 1906 and this very interesting memorial was written about him in The Cincinnati Lancet-Clinic:During a fire which damaged the Stross hotel at Cincinnati, O, to the extent of $3,000, Miss Dolly Le Claire, a trapeze artist, descended from a high window on a rope made of bed clothes.
Dr. William Stross, graduate of the Miami Medical College, class of 1903, died at his home at Twelfth and Bremen after a lingering illness, of Bright's disease. Dr. Stross has had a singular and interesting history. Born in Germany forty-eight years ago, he served as a musician in the German army for his term and then came to America in 1883. He was a master of several musical instruments and toured the country for several years as a member of Weber's Band. Fifteen years ago he established the Stross Hotel. Becoming interested in medicine, matriculated some years ago in the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, and finally graduated at the Miami Medical College when the two colleges merged. There was perhaps no work of his active life of which he was more proud than the securing of his medical degree, though he never had an idea of entering the active practice of his profession. The memory of William Stross will long be held in loving remembrance by those who knew him best. Of his many kindnesses to members of the theatrical profession, who constituted the principal patrons of his hotel, there are innumerable stories. Probably few will know of the helping financial hand that he gave to many struggling medical students, save the recipients themselves. It is safe to say, however, that he was the most popular man of his class. His classmates were often his guests, and at the time of his graduation they were no less delighted than himself. The world can ill afford to lose such men as William Stross. Honest, kind-hearted, God-fearing, a devoted husband and loving father, the deepest sympathy of all who knew him is extended to his bereaved family.
|1891 Sanborn Insurance Map - Source|
|1904-1930 Sanborn Insurance Map - Source|
In more recent history, the building was sold in 1988 to Tender Mercies, an organization that provides housing and services to homeless person with emotional and/or mental disabilities. Some renovations were made at that time and the building was called Harkavy Hall, in honor of Frank Harkavy, a former president of the Board of Directors of Tender Mercies.
|2005 Hamilton County Auditor|
|Hamilton County Auditor|