Vernon Manor gets interior makeover and new tenants

AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - The historical Vernon Manor is getting ready for it's newest occupants: Cincinnati Children's Hospital employees.

With the help of the city and investors, 670 administration employees will be moving into the manor which has been converted to offices.

The Offices at Vernon Manor represents a $38 million investment in Avondale. 51 percent of the building is owned by Real Estate Enterprises for African American Leaders, LLC.

Built in 1924 and closed in 2009, the hotel has been under interior construction for the last two years.

Al. Neyer, Inc. led the project using all new interior materials including lighting and windows. It did recycle some original materials to use for landscaping and all of the guest rooms' kitchenettes, sinks and lighting fixtures were donated to Building Value for resale.

"What seemed to be impossible has turned into reality," said David Neyer.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital said the additional space at the manor opens up more room at the main campus for new jobs in early patient care and research.

"What we really needed was an area that we could bring together that are right now fragmented around the areas," said Dee Ellingwood.

"With the historic context of this building and in this great community, [the employees] are very excited to be in a place like this."

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