N. College Hill, OH
Volunteers of America Greater Ohio: www.voago.org
Annabelle’s Place consists of twelve permanent supportive housing units for women veterans in two one-story buildings. The project is located in North College Hill, walkable to several services, with open views across the street to Clovernook golf course. The project site also includes a large wooded area to the north of the buildings for the residents’ enjoyment.
The project is built and operated by Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio, part of the larger national organization of Volunteers of America (VOA). They have a long history of programs and services for many groups, including homeless veterans, at-risk youth, the frail elderly, people with disabilities, and the homeless. Based on VOA’s experience with veterans’ housing, it has become apparent that the growing group of women veterans has specific needs which could be addressed by housing for women only.
Annabelle’s apartments are compact and functional, with the intent of providing a safe and easily manageable environment for the veterans. Each dwelling unit consists of a living/sleeping room with a space for a desk or table at a window bay, a private bathroom, a kitchenette – with stained wood cabinets, quartzite countertop, and a full height subway tile backsplash – and a private patio with ornamental plantings adjacent to an area for a small personal garden. Two of the twelve units are baby suites with an additional bedroom. The residences are arranged in two L-shaped buildings around a courtyard space with a trellised terrace, shared garden, and surface parking for the residents. Each building has a public living space, usable for counseling and group activities, and a laundry room amenity. All of the spaces are on one accessible level without steps. Above and beyond building code requirements for projects of this size, the client wanted to provide two ANSI-A level accessible apartments.
Annabelle’s Place nestles in the residential neighborhood of North College Hill, and fills a vacant site on Galbraith Road. The design relates to the architectural style of the existing single family homes of the area, with matching roof pitches, red brick walls, and lapped siding. The porches on the outside perimeter of the buildings feature gables with small canopies over each patio door. The building height is lower than that of the neighboring buildings, and the overall scale of the new buildings has been kept home-like and inviting.
For homeless women veterans, Annabelle’s Place provides a welcoming community where the residents have a chance to settle back into civilian life in a residential neighborhood they can call home.