Stratford House Dining Room Staged

Crawford Hoying Reimagines First Place Luxury Apartments as "Stratford House"

March 17, 2023

(October 12, 2022) DAYTON, OHIO - Crawford Hoying’s newest residential property, Stratford House, pays homage to the City of Dayton in a historic way. Formerly known as First Place Luxury Apartments, the newly branded “Stratford House” offers residents a glimpse into the past while living in the present with newly renovated 2 and 3-bedroom floor plan units. Stratford House is ideally located at 330 West First Street in downtown Dayton and features remarkable views of the city and Great Miami River.

Built in the 1960s as a motor hotel, Shaw Metz Associates, a Chicago-based architect, partnered with Hugh A. Lagedrost and George E. Walter of Dayton, to construct this 10-story building made of steel and concrete with stone-faced walls. “Stratford Motor Hotel” alongside other great buildings such as the Ohio Bell Building, IBM Building and the Price Brothers Headquarters, were among the first buildings to be constructed along First and Second Street in Dayton. Stratford House’s mid century structure is still recognizable today by its kidney-shaped rooftop pool and parallel windows cascading the sides of the building.

“When we were deciding on a name for the property, we stumbled across a postcard from the 60’s with a photo of a building named ‘Stratford House’,” said Erik Wood, Assistant Vice President of Property Management at Crawford Hoying. “That’s when we realized the building in the postcard was of 330 W First Street. Having the opportunity to revitalize a historic building for Downtown Dayton is a project our whole team is excited about.”

Stratford House offers extensive amenities including an indoor pet bath and play-area, spacious fitness center, large sundeck and more than 140 covered parking spaces. Each unit is being renovated inside and out for the first time since the 90’s. The units [will] feature granite countertops and floor-to-ceiling windows in select units, adding a modern flare while keeping Dayton’s history and original mid-century design intact. Apartments at Stratford House are available now starting at $1,500/month.

For more information about Stratford House and to schedule a tour, please visit or call 937.226.1630 to learn more.