About Us

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John Blatchford—Owner

Originally from Amsterdam, New York, John received his Bachelor’s in Engineering at Binghamton University and then moved to Cincinnati in 2010 for graduate school at the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business. After earning his MBA in 2012, John worked for the German-based technology and consulting company Forcam and the Acanthus Group, which specializes in historic restoration, before starting Kunst Development. Deeply involved in historic preservation—John co-founded the Cincinnati Preservation Collective—he purchased the Tailor Shop from OTR Adopt in 2014. By January 2016, the Tailor Shop was fully restored and occupied with tenants—for the first time since 1978. John also co-founded Kunst: Built Art magazine; powered by a Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation People’s Liberty mini-grant, Kunst magazine tells the stories of old buildings and the people who care for them. As of spring of 2016, editions one and two have been released. Outside of Kunst, John is currently the Treasurer for both the Cincinnati Preservation Collective and the Over-the-Rhine Museum, and is part of the team that runs the bi-annual ‘Build the Block’ neighborhood fundraiser.

Skill sets: Real estate development – historic tax credit consulting – general contracting –historic restoration – management

 

Alyssa McClanahan—Historic Officer

Alyssa grew up in Loveland, Ohio, and attended the University of Cincinnati for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She received her Doctorate in History from its Department of History in the spring of 2016. Outside of teaching at the University of Cincinnati, Alyssa has also worked at the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. With John, she co-publishes Kunst: Built Art magazine. Alyssa is also a Notary Public. Outside of Kunst, she is a member of the Cincinnati Preservation Collective, a board member of the Over-the-Rhine Museum and also helps to run the ‘Build the Block’ neighborhood fundraisers.

Skill sets: Historical research – writing – editing – public speaking and presentation – event planning – grant writing