The Barn, also known as the Woman’s Art Cultural Center, will wrap up work on the loft of the former Resthaven Barn in Mariemont, thanks to a $78,500 gift from the Louis and Louise Nippert Charitable Foundation.
The Barn will use the gift for installation of a service lift for wheelchair accessibility and a handicapped-accessible restroom upstairs.
“The finished loft provides much-needed space for exhibitions, movies, lectures, performances, classes and events. And soon we will have full access for all,” said Nancy Reynolds, president of the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation, the nonprofit that operates The Barn.
The facility, which serves as a venue for the performing and visual arts, hosts more than 30 events each year.
Hubert Reeves designed The Barn in 1924 as a means of housing livestock and boosting the agricultural capabilities of Mariemont. Several years later, the Lindners leased the property, which later became home to the community’s maintenance and tax offices. When these entities moved, the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, founded in 1892, created the WACC Foundation and raised funds to restore its Georgian-Revival architecture.
The Barn is a National Historic Landmark.