Saturday, October 30, 2010

68. Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Dedicated in 1984, this bronze statue by Kenneth Bradford is dedicated to those who served in the Vietnam War. The memorial depicts two soldiers looking onward with a map of Vietnam at the base. Various veteran groups hold commemorations at this site on Memorial Day each year.

Friday, October 29, 2010

67. Twin Lakes Overlook

The Twin Lakes area not only provides for a nice serene place to relax but also has beautiful views of the Ohio River and Northern Kentucky. Within the Twin Lakes area you will find a playground, plenty of park benches, the two lakes with plenty of geese and ducks, a walking bridge, and plenty of interesting sculptures like “The Capitoline Wolf” (shown below) which was a gift from the city of Rome, Italy. Walking around the lakes you will find plenty of artists creating works of the area.

66. Melan Arch Bridge

This bridge was designed and built by Fritz von Empergen of the Melan Arch Construction Company in 1895 using the Melan Arch technique invented by Josef Melan. This was a new technology at the time using concrete to encase an arch of steel beams.

65. Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory

Built in 1933, Krohn Conservatory is a 22,000 square foot hosts more than 3,500 plants from all over the world with changing exhibits throughout the year. The conservatory has collections of palms, desert foliage, and orchids as well as a 20 foot rainforest waterfall. Among the many interesting events that occur each year is the butterfly show where countless numbers of butterflies are set free inside the conservatory.

Mirror Lake and the Eden Park Gazebo

Two of the most recognizable sites in Eden Park would be Mirror Lake and the Eden Park Gazebo. Mirror Lake covers the ground that once was the city reservoir and in the center, has a fountain that shoots water 60 feet into the air. Next to the lake is the Eden Park Gazebo, which is surrounded by beautiful flowers during the warmer months of the year. The gazebo once acted as a spring house and sat over a spring which was believed to have medicinal values.

64. Pump Station

Built in 1894, the pumping station, which is named Elsinore Arch was built by Samuel Hannaford & Sons. The city needed a station to control the flow of water from the top of the reservoir to the city and wanted a design that fit into the surrounding park. After seeing, “Hamlet” at Music Hall, the Water Works director came up with the design for the pumping station from the stage set replica of Kronberg Castle. This castle design not only served as the pumping station for the city’s water supply but also serves as the entrance to Eden Park.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

63. Eden Park

This land, once was Nicholas Longworth’s vineyard that he called the, "Garden of Eden". Longworth donated the land to the city and a 100 million gallon reservoir was built on it. In later years, after the reservoir was removed, it was turned into Eden Park. The park is made up of 186 acres of land where you will find many nice features such as statues like the one pictured above, the Presidential grove where a tree has been planted for each President starting with the elm planted for George Washington back in 1882, walking trails, the Hinkle Magnolia Garden, as well as some sites that are highlighted in the sections that follow. The park was designed by award winning architect Adolph Strauch who is also responsible for the design of Spring Grove Cemetary and Arboretum.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park

This park was completed in 2003 and is named after Cincinnati’s first African American mayor. The park contains a walking trail that is intertwines around floral and sculpture displays from five continents with the theme of the park being world unity and global understanding. The park has beautiful views of the river as well.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Daniel Carter Beard Bridge

Dedicated in 1981, the bridge is used to carry traffic for I-471 connecting with I-71 and Fort Washington Way in Cincinnati to I-275 to the South in Kentucky. Although the bridge is named after the founder of the Boy Scouts, most locals call it the “Big Mac” bridge. It has been said that the name came from the fact that McDonald’s planned on building a floating restaurant at the base of the bridge but it could also be because of the bridges big yellow arches.

62. The Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point

Bicentennial Commons opened in 1988 as part of the city’s bicentennial celebration. The park extends from the National Steamboat Monument on the West side to a roller skating rink to the East and includes Yeatman’s Cove, The Serpentine Wall, the Public Landing, and the P&G Pavilion. Along its walking trails you can find many statues, sculptures, and historical markers. Among these are a statue of Cincinnatus, a geologic timeline, a towering monument to the great floods of Cincinnati, and of course the flying pigs which pay tribute to the meat packing industry that made the city as well as a map of the Ohio River paying tribute to the importance of this waterway. There are tennis courts and a playground and the park hosts many events throughout the year.

Friday, October 22, 2010

61. Taylor-Southgate Bridge

The bridge opened in 1995 and replaced the Central Bridge which was once in this location. The Taylor-Southgate bridge is named after two of the earliest settlers in Newport. This is a four lane bridge for automobiles with pedestrian walkways as well and connects the city of Newport to downtown Cincinnati.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

60. Southgate House

Built in 1814, this was the home of Richard Southgate who among many things was a State Representative and Senator. The home has a very long and interesting history. President Abraham Lincoln once a guest in the house and Richard’s son William Southgate, who was a U.S. Representative, once lived here as well. In 1894, a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in this house. General John Thompson, inventor of the infamous “Tommy Gun” was born in this house.

The home once served as a venue for live performances by many local and national acts. Its grand ballroom and stage made for a great place to watch a show. There was also a gallery on the third floor which was used to display works for many up and coming artists. The Southgate House closed its doors in December, 2011 and in 2012 reopened as another music venue - The Thompson House.

Southgate House
24 East 3rd Street, Newport

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Newport Aquarium

The Newport Aquarium is one of the more recent additions to the Newport waterfront. The aquarium is part of the Newport on the Levee complex and contains many aquatic related exhibits with sharks, exotic fish, jellyfish, penguins, frogs, and even an exhibit that features the type of fish that can be found right in the Ohio River.

Newport Aquarium
One Aquarium Way, Newport

Monday, October 18, 2010

Newport on the Levee

Newport on the Levee is considered a, “lifestyle center” which covers more than an ordinary mall and has nightlife, entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. Included in the facility are a movie theater, an art gallery, a comedy club, the aquarium, Ride The Ducks tours, a bowling alley, and live theater.

Newport on the Levee
1 Levee Way, Newport

Friday, October 15, 2010

59. Posey Flats (R.I.P.)

Built in 1890, Posey Flats was a Queen Anne style luxury apartment building where many affluent people from the Cincinnati area lived. The apartments were built by investor Lewis O. Maddox and were the first of their kind in Newport. The buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1999, the buildings were demolished to make way for the Newport Aquarium and Newport on the Levee. Photos of what the buildings looked like can be found here.

58. L&N Bridge

In 1872, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad opened this bridge with streetcar tracks, a road, and a walkway. By the 1880’s, the bridge was used for rail traffic and connected Cincinnati to the Gulf of Mexico. The bridge itself created a building boom in the East Row District.

Since that time, the bridge has received a complete makeover and with its new paint job and new purpose as a pedestrian only bridge, the bridge is now known as the Purple People Bridge. The bridge ties together the parks along the river in Cincinnati with the recent additions of restaurants and shops in Newport.

L&N Bridge (Purple People Bridge)
3rd and Saratoga Streets, Newport

Thursday, October 14, 2010

57. General James Taylor House

Credited as the founder of the city of Newport, General Taylor was a Quartermaster General during the War of 1812 and through persuading his cousin, James Madison who was the Secretary of State at the time, built the Newport Barracks which replaced Ft. Washington in Cincinnati. As a businessman, Taylor operated ferries across the Ohio River, founded banks, and operated mills. Upon his death his grandson subdivided the land around this home to create the East Row District.

General James Taylor House
335 East Third Street, Newport

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

56. East Row Historic District

This area dates back to General James Taylor who had 1,500 acres of land inherited from his father. In the 1800’s the grandson of General Taylor subdivided the Taylor estate and the area became popular with the wealthy. With decades of building in this area, you will see many styles of homes ranging from Italianate to American Four Square to Queen Anne. The district takes up many blocks of Newport and many of the homes in this area have been renovated or are in the process. There is a neighborhood pride in the area as can be seen with the many beautiful gardens contained within the borders of wrought iron fencing.

East Row Historic District
West to East between Washington and Oak Streets, North to South between 2nd and 10th Streets.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

55. Monmouth Street Historic District

Monmouth Street has always been Newport’s commercial center and back in the day, it was one of the largest and most popular places to shop in the Cincinnati area. The stores may have changed since then but the charm of the area is still there and you can find many interesting shops and restaurants along this stretch.

Monmouth Street Historic District
Monmouth Street – between 3rd and 10th Street.

54. York Street Historic District

In the mid-19th century, many prominent businessmen lived in this neighborhood. There are many great examples of architecture from that time including churches, a Masonic Hall, and residences. Many of these buildings are undergoing major renovations at this time.

York Street Historic District
York Street – between 7th and 10th Streets, Newport

Stained Glass Theatre

Built in 1882, this was the home for Salem United Methodist Church. In 1986, a tornado hit and caused quite a bit of damage. Faced with the cost of the repairs, the congregation merged with another and sold the church. The same year, a theatre troupe called The Footlighters, Inc. bought the church and it became the Stained Glass Theatre. The theatre group made some repairs and moved into the church in 1987 giving them a permanent home. In 1988, they held their first production at this location.

The church is on the National Register of Historic Places and The Footlighters still have several performances throughout the year.

Stained Glass Theatre
802 York Street, Newport

Monday, October 11, 2010

World Peace Bell

The World Peace Bell at the Millennium Monument site was designed cast by the Verdin Company of Cincinnati. The casting actually took place in France and the bell was shipped across the Atlantic and carried up the Mississippi River to the Ohio River. At the time of its dedication in 1999 until 2006, this bell was the largest swinging bell in the World with the largest now being the Gotenba Bell in Japan.

On New Year’s Eve in 1999, the bell officially rang in the new millennium at midnight in the year 2000. Today the bell rings just a few minutes before noon each day in order not to conflict with the church bells in the surrounding areas.

This is one of over 20 peace bells around the world.

World Peace Bell
425 York Street, Newport

53. Campbell Towers (R.I.P.)

Campbell Towers was built in 1926 and was also known as the Newport Finance Building. Several public agencies and private businesses occupied the building during its lifetime. In 1998, the building was imploded to make way for the World Peace Bell.

52. Lawyers' Building

This building was built in 1885 and its purpose was to house newspaper offices, retail shops, and fraternal meeting rooms. It received its name from it now being used for offices for attorneys.

Lawyers’ Building
Southwest corner of 4th and York Streets, Newport

Friday, October 8, 2010

51. Campbell County Court House

Built in 1884, this Queen Anne style building once contained the court house for the county. It is now used as administrative offices. The court house has a beautiful clock tower and great stained glass windows. The land in which the court house was built was donated by the Taylor family in order to ensure that the county seat was located in Newport.

Campbell County Court House
330 York Street, Newport

50. St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Welcome to Newport. The first stop on the Newport section of the Queen City Tour is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Built in 1871, this is the second church built on the site. The parish settled here in 1844 and purchased a small brick building which was once a Methodist church. This building was very small and contained a lower gallery which was used for slaves that would attend church with their masters. The church which stands today was built on the site of the former church. This Gothic Revival church was designed by J.R. Neff.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
7 Court Place, Newport

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Daniel Carter Beard Boyhood Home

Daniel Carter Beard, the founder of today’s Boy Scouts of America lived in this home during his youth. The home was built in 1821 and is one of the two oldest buildings in Kenton County. The home still serves as a private residence but today has a brick paved walkway and street surrounding the home as well as a statue depicting Dan Beard standing with a Boy Scout. The home is also a National Historic Landmark.

Daniel Carter Beard Boyhood Home
322 East 3rd Street, Covington

49. Shinkle House

Built in 1854, this house was the residence of Amos Shinkle, best known for his role in building the Roebling Suspension Bridge. The Shinkle family lived in this home during the Civil War up until the time his castle was built on 2nd Street. His home on 2nd Street is no longer standing but this former home of the Shinkles still is and serves as a bed and breakfast.

The Shinkle House
215 Garrard Street, Covington

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

48. Ranson House

Built in 1853, this Italianate style townhouse was the home of R.H. Ranson, the first president of the Cincinnati-Covington Suspension Bridge Company.

Ranson House
201 Garrard Street, Covington

47. 124 Garrard Street

In 1847, this Greek Revival home was built by Thomas Kennedy for his daughter Nancy. Thomas Kennedy is known for selling the 150 acres of land that would become the city of Covington. This house is best known as the Kennedy-Southgate House.

 Update: Since the original post I received an email from one of the family members with corrections and additional information on the home:
[The post] states that the house was built in 1847 by Thomas Kennedy her [Nancy Kennedy's] father. This is simply not possible her father was his son, Samuel Kennedy.  Thomas Kennedy was her grandfather, and he died August 1, 1821 and is buried there in Covington. Our records have that the house was built in 1848 right next door to her grandfather’s house, "The Old Stone House," as it was known. Thomas Kennedy could not have built her house. I have checked all of my records and can't find any of our Thomas Kennedy’s that could have built it. Believe me there are numerous Thomas D. Kennedy’s but those that I have either died before the house was built or simply didn't build houses or had moved away to other States or locations. 
Thanks for the information Lesa and thanks for reading!

46. George Rogers Clark Park

This park is named after Revolutionary War soldier and General George Rogers Clark. It is believed that the area that is now Covington was used as a mustering place for Clark’s army to fight the Indians who were invading from Ohio. Among the statues that can be found in the park is one of pioneer Simon Kenton and one of Captain Mary B. Greene, a boat master and river pilot. It is a nice, quiet, and shaded park perfect for relaxation.

George Rogers Clark Park
Corner of Riverside and Garrard, Covington

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

45. Riverside Drive

Riverside Drive has one of the best views of the Cincinnati skyline anywhere and some of the most beautiful homes in Kentucky as well. On one side of the street you will find some very nice homes and condominiums and on the other side of the street is a brick walkway with benches and statues as well as a wonderful view of the Ohio River and Cincinnati. The street is a nice, quiet, and relaxing place to spend an afternoon camped out on a park bench or watching the river and city.

44. Fallis-Lovell House

Built in 1850, Cincinnati banker Daniel Fallis lived in this beautiful house with high columns from 1860 to 1965. The home has been extensively remodeled and is a wonderful showplace.

Fallis-Lovell House
412 East Second Street, Covington

Monday, October 4, 2010

43. Carneal House

Built in 1815, this is believed to be the oldest structure in Covington. The home was originally built for Aaron Gano whose brothers helped found the city and was later occupied by Thomas Carneal who along with the Gano brothers purchased the 150 acres of land West of the Licking River which became the city of Covington. This house also has a tunnel which leads to the Licking River which was used to help slaves escape as part of the Underground Railroad.

Carneal House
405 East 2nd Street, Covington

42. Laidley House

Built in 1870, this Second Empire style house was occupied by the Laidley family for more than 100 years. It was built for the merchant W.J. Lowry and later occupied by pork packing industrialist Frederick Laidley.

Laidley House
404 East 2nd Street, Covington

41. Lovell-Graziani House

This is a Second Empire style house built by tobacco merchant Howell L. Lovell Sr. in 1870 and was later the house of Benjamin Graziani, a lawyer and politician.

Lovell-Graziani House
326 East 2nd Street, Covington

Friday, October 1, 2010

40. Shinkle Row

This seven unit row house was built in 1860 by Amos Shinkle who is famous for building the Roebling Suspension Bridge. It is a beautiful brick house with nice Italianate finishes and a small wrought iron fence bordering the front.

Shinkle Row
230-240 East 2nd Street, Covington

39. The Ohio Riverside Historic District

The streets around the point where the Licking and Ohio rivers meet you will find a lot of beautiful historic homes. These were at one time the homes of very prominent figures in the area. Along with the great architecture around this area, there is a nice walking area with statues and plaques that explain the history behind this area. The following posts will highlight this area and the homes.

Greenup Street

I am including this as part of the tour not only because it is my favorite street in Covington, but because there are a lot of great shops, art galleries, and restaurants on the street – especially around the historic district. These buildings along the street have been renovated and converted into different businesses and the photo above represents only a few of these examples. This is definitely worth a stop.