A history of more than 80 years.
Our story begins with Cyrus L. Baxter, who in 1937 transformed an association with Cincinnati Milacron into his own architect business. In his first few years, close to 90 percent of Cy's work was for Milacron. Over the next seven years, Cy demonstrated an uncanny ability in assessing talent when he hired Jack Hodell, Jim Donnelly and Jim Preston. Each had graduated with distinction and went on to show an artful affinity for the business and for Cy. In 1960, they combined their names to make Baxter, Hodell, Donnelly, and Preston, Inc. – now known as BHDP.
The partners expanded the firm's areas of expertise from primarily manufacturing and workplace to higher education and retail with projects for clients such as the University of Cincinnati and Tri-County Mall. The year 1970 saw an extremely influential partnership when BHDP completed the first of many projects for Procter & Gamble. Working elbow to elbow with one of the world's most forward-thinking companies taught us to flex our imaginations, to challenge the obvious and to see human needs as the foundation to build upon.
By the time BHDP moved to our present location in downtown Cincinnati in 2002, the firm boasted a portfolio of award-winning projects and a roster of more than 100 of the most talented architectural thinkers, designers and relationship builders anywhere.
Today we have expanded our presence and our reach. In addition to our main location in Cincinnati, we have an office in Columbus, Ohio and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as projects all over the world.