Queen City Holiday Shopping…Historically-Speaking

With the holiday shopping season quickly reaching its frenzy, Cincinnati’s big-time historic department stores come to mind including Pogue’s, Mabley & Carew, Shillito’s, McAlpin’s and Gidding’s—to name just a few. From the late 1800s to late 1970’s, downtown shopping in Cincinnati was huge, attracting countless shoppers from all over the region for over 100 years. […]

Architectural Treasures of the Queen City: Part II

The Windy City’s Daniel H. Burnham is nationally-known for a variety of works including a leading role in the creation of master plans for Chicago and downtown Washington D.C., and as designer of the Flatiron Building in New York City and Union Station in Washington D.C. (to name just two). He has also reached a […]

The A, B, C, and Ds of the National Register of Historic Places

Going about my business on the east side of Cincinnati, I have often passed a historic apartment building named La Tosca at the corner of Observatory Avenue and Edwards Road in Hyde Park. While waiting for the traffic light to change at this intersection, it is very easy to see that the building has a […]

Cincinnati’s 52 Neighborhoods: Bring On the Form-Based Code

Plan Build Live is a project of Cincinnati’s Department of Planning and Buildings made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Plan Build Live was designed to include residents and business owners in the process of reviewing and reforming the city’s building regulations and zoning codes to optimize the unique […]

The Carew Tower

Architectural Treasures of the Queen City: Part I

Architreks, a non-profit program of Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, has a mission to connect the public to the city’s built environment. Their volunteer guides provide informative and engaging walking tours throughout Cincinnati’s various neighborhoods highlighting the city’s history and architecture. On your two-hour jaunt of Downtown, Over-the-Rhine, Mt Adams, Walnut […]

Church Conversions: A Tricky Thing

Churches are important to the fabric of a neighborhood and community. They serve as local landmarks and establish local identities—the historically iconic St. Francis De Sales in East Walnut Hills and Holy Cross-Immaculata in Mt. Adams are just two churches in Cincinnati that come to mind. But what happens to a church when the congregation […]

Walnut Hills: Look for Two-Way 10-13-2012

“It seems almost a misnomer to call Walnut Hills a suburb. Rather a city on a hill with no desire to hide its light under a bushel.” Commercial Tribune, May 9, 1897. The City of Cincinnati is returning two-way traffic to McMillan Street and Taft Road west of Victory Parkway, through the historic business district […]

A New Beginning for an Old Pump Station…and Other Eden Park Tidbits

Cincinnatians know that Eden Park is among the best historic parks that the City offers its residents.  As an aside, the park is a wonderful place to walk your dog—one reason why I happen to live just steps away from its entrance in Walnut Hills (remember, it’s all about location in real estate!). The park […]

Is a Gothic Style Revival Church on your Wish List?

  Our Lady of Perpetual Help, located in Sedamsville on Cincinnati’s western fringes, is a vacant church that holds prominent yet silent vigil over the neighborhood and remnants of the business district. The church parish was organized in 1878, and the building itself was dedicated on May 5, 1889. It was designed by the architect […]

Location, Location, Old Location: Using Sanborn Maps to Explore House History

Realtors are known to send off their clients with a small house-warming gift after Closing. Although a bottle of bourbon is always nice, another thoughtful gift for new old house owners is a framed copy of a historic map showing the location of their new home. Historic maps are useful for understanding the development of […]