• GBBN's attention to detail in this historic renovation not only took full advantage of the integrity of this historic building, but created all the spaces within the building and gardens to be warm and welcoming for our Guests, Caregivers and Staff. In fact, the design has connected with our Mission so well that in bringing potential donors through the building, almost all of those visits have resulted in a gift to the project.

    Meredith Niemeyer
    Executive Director

American Cancer Society / Hope Lodge


Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Size:  47,000 SF/Renovation
Program Features:
23 Guest Suites
Common Kitchens & Dining Room
Gathering & Community Spaces
Admin  Offices & Training Facilities
Sustainable Features:
Preservation of historic structure
Sustainable finishes


The renovation of the historic Ursuline Academy building for the American Cancer Society was made available through a long-term lease with Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Designed to serve as a “home away from home” for caregivers and oncology patients being treated in local hospitals, the building provides short-term residential accommodations, made available free of charge to those families through a referral by the physician.

Of key importance was the creation of common spaces designed to encourage a sense of community and relationships among caregivers and patients staying at the Lodge.  The former chapel was re-purposed as a living room, featuring  new windows for improved natural light. An adjoining exterior terrace overlooks a respite garden and fountain.  Taking best advantage of existing spaces and details in the building led to the relocation of stained glass, intricately carved fireplaces, and other historical elements that make the Lodge more comfortable and less institutional for those who spend time there.