Most notably, the building was home to the Eilerman Department Store beginning in the early 1900s into the mid 1960s. The store opening was groundbreaking in Newport at the time. An article in The Kentucky Post reported on the 1931 modernization of the building, “Marching along in the front ranks in the parade of progress… H. Eilerman & Sons forges ahead in northern Kentucky merchandising with the opening Friday of their new Newport store, 818 Monmouth St,” the excitement was palpable in the article.
Because of its most storied use, the building retains 14 to 16 foot high preserved tin ceilings (pictured above), massive windows and original hardwood flooring. Inspired by the soaring ceilings, the second floor units will have platformed kitchen areas, sunken in living rooms and a lofted bedroom area. With the unique layered floor plan, stunning tin ceilings and colorful history, there is nothing comparable in Newport today. The one bedroom units rent from $1000 to $1500 per month.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]