Ohio University

Small House Planning Strategy

Since its founding in 1804, Ohio University has always featured an eclectic mix between residential and educational buildings. Even in the original Athens plan in 1794, the plat contained a square for a college and house lots for a president and professors.

Over the years as the university has expanded, location and quantity of houses has changed, but there has always been a strong presence of residential houses on campus. This has contributed to the warm, village-like aesthetic of the Ohio University Athens campus.

Many of the remaining houses on campus have been repurposed over time to meet various programmatic needs. Some of them work well with their current use. Many of the houses are in current need of major maintenance or renovation as well as a re-evaluation of their current use.

This study sought to gather important information of these houses and plan for their future at Ohio University.

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