Thomas Crapper

Old Homes, Old Toilets: Restoring the Porcelain God

Toilets are something many people take for granted. Toilets of one shape or another have been around for millennia, such that even credit for the modern flush toilet is obscure. Many either give credit to Thomas Crapper (1837-1910) or Alexander Cumming, who patented a flushing device in 1775. Toilets do matter to a lot of […]

But Green’s The Color Of Spring…And I Think That’s What I Want To Be

Anyone familiar with Rose Hill Avenue in the historic neighborhood of North Avondale—lined with gaslights, mature trees, and gorgeous mansions built at the turn of the century—knows the “green brick house”. Actually, it’s green enameled brick tile. The tile, cutting edge for its time, was often used in the early 20th century for the light-wells […]

Cincinnati Holiday Traditions

Every city has its holiday traditions. My favorite, long-time Cincinnati tradition is a visit to the Krohn Conservatory, located at 1501 Eden Park Drive–usually on Christmas Eve. The Conservatory has been part of the Eden Park landscape in one form or another since the late nineteenth century. The “new” building on the site today was designed […]

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 […]