Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The mural located along Riverside Drive in the East End is another one of the MuralWorks projects created by ArtWorks. The theme of this mural reflects transportation through time along the Ohio River and Riverside Drive. Located near an old trolley station, the mural depicts the old streetcars from Cincinnati as well as the cars, buses, trains, and riverboats that could be found while driving this section of road. A BMX bike is also included in the mural to represent the cyclists who use this section of the wall for sport.
2726 Riverside Drive, East End
Monday, May 30, 2011
With the recent rebirth of the city and renewed connection to the streets, the Skywalk has fallen into disfavor and is not used as much as it once was. Parts of the Skywalk are closed and some parts just come to a dead end. It is still possible to walk parts of the city using the system, but not as much as one originally could.
Check out Queen City Discovery's Virtual Tour of the Skywalk here and a map of the skywalk here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
The school is a 5-story brick building designed by Gustav Brach and at the time it was built it was considered a very modern building with flushing toilets, central heating, and even Rookwood Pottery drinking fountains.
Woodward High School moved to Bond Hill in 1953 and the old school became the Abigail Cutter Junior High School named after William Woodward’s wife. In 1976, the School for Creative and Performing Arts occupied one floor of the building and by 1977 it occupied the entire building. The school was in the national spotlight in 2009 with the MTV show, Taking The Stage that was filmed at the location. In 2010, the SCPA moved to the new Erich Kunzel Center for the Arts.
Old Woodward School
1310 Sycamore Avenue, Pendleton
Sunday, May 22, 2011
With the increase in population and factories in the city basin, the observatory on Mt. Adams became useless due to the pollution. In 1873 the observatory was moved to Mt. Lookout and the cornerstone from the original building was used in the new observatory.
There are two buildings that make up the Cincinnati Observatory Center. The main building is a Georgian Revival which once had a turret that rotated on old cannonballs before a dome was added in 1895 and the second building called the, O.M. Mitchel Building was constructed in 1904. Samuel Hannaford designed both buildings.
The Cincinnati Observatory has been instrumental in the study of astronomy over the years providing data important in determining the rotation of the Milky Way as well as data utilized in modern theories such as the Big Bang. Meteorologist Cleveland Abbe began to issue daily weather bulletins from the observatory in 1869 and his work eventually led to the creation of the United States Weather Bureau.
The observatory has the oldest professional telescope in the United States dating back to 1843 and the Cincinnati Observatory is a National Historic Landmark. Today the observatory is still in use and holds many educational events as well as private parties and weddings. The center is open to the public on some evenings for viewings.
3489 Observatory Place, Mt. Lookout
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The sculpture is 28 pieces of concrete which is interlocked in a maze of arcs, levels, and planes meant to resemble an abstract cityscape. It is intended as a functional piece where it is not only art, but a place to sit and rest or play.
Convention Place Mall, Fifth Street, Downtown
Sunday, May 15, 2011
1404 Main Street, Over The Rhine
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Terry Brown sold the home in 2006 and sadly passed away in 2008.
3331 Erie Avenue, Hyde Park
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
St. Francis de Sales Church
1600 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Shepard Fairey is a renowned and respected street artist and graphic designer who got his start through skateboard designs. He is best known for his Andre The Giant “OBEY” art as well as his Barack Obama “HOPE” poster. His designs are not only found on the street but in advertisements, political campaigns, and album covers as well. Fairey is an artist, activist, and a DJ as well.
In 2010, the Contemporary Arts Center hosted the Shepard Fairey exhibition, Supply & Demand. To mark the occasion, Fairey and his team placed murals and painted images from Shepard Fairey’s popular work through-out Cincinnati. His work can be found in various neighborhoods around the city and in Northern Kentucky. While some of the art is painted on walls and billboards, a majority of the work is temporary but a lot of them can still be found around the city.
Click here for CAC’s, OBEY THE MAP! It shows every location of Shepard Fairey’s work.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
There are three ferries in the fleet – Boone 7 which was built in 1937, Little Boone, and Deborah A. During the day you will see one boat in operation but during peak hours, two boats will run. Walking, biking, or driving, the ferry will take you across the river and while on the boat you can get out of your car and take in the sights.
Anderson Ferry Road at Route 50, Riverside
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
As part of the Mural Works program by ArtWorks, a mural of Jim Tarbell was placed near the Gateway Quarter in his honor. The mural titled, "Mr. Tarbell Tips His Hat" is a painting of Jim Tarbell paying tribute to “Peanut Jim” Shelton, a Cincinnati fixture who sold peanuts on the street, at Crosley Field, and at Riverfront Stadium. Peanut Jim always wore a stovepipe hat and tails. Shelton sold peanuts well into his 90’s and was well known around Cincinnati.
"Mr. Tarbell Tips His Hat"
Corner of Central Parkway and Vine Street, Over The Rhine
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
In 2008, Cincinnati City Council approved a plan to build a new streetcar system and by the end of 2010, the city secured all of the funding needed to complete a streetcar line stretching from the Central Business District downtown through Over The Rhine to the Uptown area around the University of Cincinnati. Due to state funding cuts, the first phase of the streetcar has been scaled back to include only the Central Business District and Over The Rhine with future phases covering the riverfront, Uptown, and outlying neighborhoods.
The streetcar between downtown and Over The Rhine will connect residents and visitors alike to many restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues in both areas of town with most attractions being within a block or two of a streetcar stop. It will reduce the amount of parking needed and will reduce congestion in these areas making them more accessible.
Starting downtown the streetcar will connect residents and visitors to Government Square on Fifth Street – the main transportation hub for Metro and TANK in the city. From Fifth Street the streetcar will travel up Walnut Street with stops near The Aronoff Center and The Public Library. It will then travel across Central Parkway with a stop near the Emery Theatre. From Central it will travel North on Race Street through Over The Rhine with a stop near Liberty Street and another near Findlay Market. It will turn on Henry Street and travel South on Elm Street with a stop near Henry, a stop at Findlay Market, Liberty Street, and Music Hall. The streetcar will then turn on Twelfth Street with a stop near Jackson Street and the Know Theatre and one on Main Street. Returning downtown there will be stops at the Hamilton County Courthouse, at Eighth Street, and in front of the Gwynne Building and will return to Fifth Street and Government Square.
The streetcar project will grow the urban core attracting more business and residents as well as create a vibrant downtown for everyone. It will also give everyone an easy way to tour this great city.
Construction on the streetcar is expected to start in the fall of 2011 and be up and running by 2013.
Coming soon to Cincinnati
Monday, May 2, 2011
The school was designed by Frederick W. Garber and is Colonial style architecture complete with an arching entry bridge and a 114 feet tall clock tower. There are motivational inscriptions along the entryways of the columned buildings and towers related to education. The school also features a large athletic complex complete with an 8,000-seat football stadium. The school is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Withrow High School
2520 Madison Road, Hyde Park
Sunday, May 1, 2011
DeSales Corner is part of the Woodburn Avenue Historic District. The district features many styles of architecture including Romantic style buildings as well as many unique shops, restaurants, and businesses. One example of the great architecture in the area is the San Marco Apartment building built in 1893 (shown above).
Madison and Woodburn Avenue, East Walnut Hills
The control tower at Lunken Airport is the oldest standing control tower in the United States. The main terminal is an Art Deco style building that was completed after the great flood of 1937. Over the years, the airport has seen many famous people such as Charles Lindbergh, The Beatles, and the President of the United States as well as the occasional landing of the Goodyear blimp for sporting events. On the grounds of the airport are an 18-hole golf course, a playground, and a hike/bike trail.
With the completion of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, commercial flights left Lunken field but the airport is still home to private, corporate, charter flights, helicopters, vintage aircraft, and flight schools. Each year, the airport hosts Lunken Aviation Days.
262 Wilmer Avenue, East End